ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012

  • 11 Dec 2012
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Sure, you could just go for the old, reliable “black turtleneck” again this year, but where’s the fun in that? This year, why not get the Architects in your life a gift we know they’ll love? We’ve culled the “For Architects” page of our Pinterest to bring you the 12 pinned products – from a Geodesic Dome tent to LEGO Architecture – that are guaranteed to please (plus, we’ve added an extra 2 goodies to treat yourself too). See them all, after the break…

WHAT: Umbra Bird Cafe Hanging Bird Feeder

WHY: Why shouldn’t Architecture be for the birds?

WHERE: $29.67 on Amazon

WHAT: Limited Edition Modern Design Deck Actual Flash Card Set

WHY: Because one generally can’t invest in 20 Designer chairs, but one can have 20 nifty pictorial representations!

WHERE: $49.99 by Jen Renninger on Etsy

WHAT: LEGO Architecture

WHY: Need we explain? A LEGO version of Mies’ Farnsworth House? Corbu’s Villa Savoye? Of Wright’s Fallingwater? This is LEGO for grown-ups (FINALLY!).

WHERE: $64.99 on ArchDaily


WHAT: Moth Yellow Paper Pendant Light

WHY: Let there be angles!

WHERE: €59.00  / about $76.28 on Taska

WHAT: Guggenheim Museum Model

WHY: Every architect should have at least one masterpiece on his/her mantle. If not for inspiration, then at least for anti-procrastination purposes.

WHERE: $135.00 on Chisel & Mouse

WHAT: Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture

WHY: Meet the Modernist Icon behind the spectacles.

WHERE: $136.21 on Amazon

WHAT: Pantone Universe Twin Markers, Set of 72 

WHY: Because these two-in-one markers (both a soft brush and a fine point marker) would make sketching a breeze. A colorful breeze.

WHERE: $154.65 on

WHAT: Hood Bike Hanger

WHY: Because nothing beats when stylish form meets oh-so-needed function.

WHERE: £144.00 / about $231.88 on Quarterre

WHAT: BISTRO Electric Coffee Dripper

WHY: Because anything that keeps our unhealthy relationship with coffee going strong, is fine by us. (PLUS: NO FILTERS!)

WHERE: $250.00 on Bodum

WHAT: Folded Mirror

WHY: Why ruin the beauty of a bare wall?

WHERE: €215.00 / about $279.33 on Made In Design

WHAT: Watches 9 (with concrete case)

WHY: Because what architect wouldn’t want everything in his/her life made out of concrete if they could?

WHERE: €1,240.00 / about $1,616.59 on Dzmitry Samal

WHAT: Geodesic Dome Tent

WHY: Convene with nature and make Bucky proud, all at the same time.

WHERE:  €499.00 / about $648.30 on Heimplanet

WHAT: Sponsor a Day of Design, via Architecture for Humanity

WHY: If you believe that design can make a difference, make a donation in your (or a friend’s) name today.

WHERE: As much as you want, at Architecture for Humanity

WHAT: ArchDaily’s Building of the Year iPad App

WHY: Because you’ve been a good architect this year, so why not treat yourself to a nice, long browse of the best architecture around the globe (as voted by you, our lovely ArchDaily readers)?

WHERE: FREE on iTunes

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012" 11 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • bones

    Lego Architecture:
    The model pictured is Mies’ Farnsworth House, not Corbu’s Villa Savoye

    • Vanessa Quirk

      Hi bones – You’re right that the model is Mies’, but the link to the LEGO Architecture includes models from Mies/Corbu/Wright etc. However, I’ve altered the text, since it was a bit confusing. Thanks!

  • Tony

    My architecture wishlist is on

  • Rusty Shackleford

    “Mies’ Villa Savoye”

    • Vanessa Quirk

      Thanks Rusty! All fixed.

  • Jean-Philippe Courchesne

    You miss a number for the price of the watch. It is 1 240 instead of 240.

    • Vanessa Quirk

      Yowza! You are very right! It’s been fixed.

  • Amr Elesawy

    The watch costs 1240 Euros, not 240 Euros :)