Have you been searching for a gift for your loved one who adores design and all things aesthetically pleasing? If so, fear not, because IMBOLDN’s editors have been on the hunt for an array of gifts for the design-conscious people on your holiday list. Here, we present our Gift Guide for the Design Lover.
Counter-Print Architectural Logos
For the architecture enthusiasts on your gift list this holiday season, Architectural Logos will provide countless hours of enjoyment. This softcover book contains a wide array of logos, trademarks, and symbols from around the world that take the form of elements such as houses, windows, stairs, doors, and buildings. The book features some of the most notable designers out there from Anagrama and Bond Creative Agency to Lundgren+Lindqvist, Fuzzco, and so many more.
Block Shop Alma Robe
This robe is named for Bauhaus artist and designer Alma Siedhoff-Buscher whose specialty was colorful children’s furniture and toys. Made from a soft hand block printed Belgian linen in cobalt blue, the striking Alma Robe is a work of art that can be worn all year round.
In 1964, an Italian-born New Yorker named Massimo Vignelli designed a stackable tableware set made from melamine, a molded thermoset plastic that quickly rose in popularity. Named Hellerware, it is a quartet comprising a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, and mug. Now considered an icon of 1960s design, Hellerware pieces can be found at the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York.
Tetra Portal Lighter
Seeking to revive the tradition of beautiful and useful objects in a contemporary way, Tetra crafted its very first flame lighter starting with the Japanese Tsubota Pearl Hard Edge. Tetra then added a double-sided pattern in navy, teal, and orange that echoes the brand’s signature color-blocking.
Moglea Painted Sketchbook Zion
A memorable gift for the artist in your life, the Moglea Painted Sketchbook Zion will add a pop of color to any artist’s creative space. The sketchbook is bound with a brass spiral binding and is perfect for drawing and sketching with a variety of dry media. The 8.5 x 11” sketchbook features 50 blank sheets (100 pages) and has a sturdy, individually hand-painted pulpboard cover – no two are exactly alike.
w&p Porter Insulated Bottle
The Porter Insulated Bottle is not only highly versatile with its ability to keep hot drinks hot for 12 hours, but it’s also great looking with its Terrazzo design. Its leak-proof lid means that you can toss this bottle into your bag without worrying about it leaking. Available in 12, 16, and 20 ounce sizes, the bottle has an insulated ceramic coating that provides a pure, clean taste no matter the liquid you put in it.
Italic Stress Less Meditation Cushion
If sitting on the floor cross-legged while meditating isn’t for you, a meditation cushion can make a world of difference. The Italic Stress Less Cushion will elevate the hips above the knees and tilt the knees forward so that the spine is in alignment. This comfy 5.5-inch high cushion will transform your meditation practice by ensuring good posture and great comfort.
How to Live with Objects: A Guide to More Meaningful Interiors by Monica Khemsurov & Jill Singer
Based on the philosophy that your interiors should be driven by objects you love, and not the latest fad in interior design, this book fosters the notion that it matters less whether your interior is perfectly appointed and more if it’s authentically personal, unique, and filled with the objects you feel a connection to. The authors take the reader on both an educational and visual journey asking questions like ‘What makes an object worth having?’ And ‘How do our objects impact our lives?’
DOIY Kitty Set of Drinking Glasses
From the global lifestyle brand based in Barcelona, DOIY offers four stackable glasses that form the figure of a cat. Available in Ginger and Black, Kitty serves two purposes: a space-saving set of glassware and a decorative piece for your home.
FinaMill Spice Grinder
This spice grinder has an ultra modern look, plus it’s a great addition to any kitchen. The FinaMill stands 9 inches tall, is battery-operated, and has interchangeable pods (aka FinaPod) that let you easily swap spices in and out. Simply push the power button and it begins to grind the spice within the pod while shining an LED light down on your plate. The pods have a knob for choosing your grind size and a wide-mouth opening for easy refills, plus the ceramic grinding mechanism inside is built to last.
Josh Owen Match Striker
This match striker, designed by Josh Owen an American industrial designer, educator, and author, is a handsome vessel for holding a handful of strike-anywhere wooden matches. Strike the matches against the striker’s surface to light them and then place the used matches in the dish to cool. Made of cast iron, the vessel measures 2.94″ x 2.94″ x 1.83″.
The Laws of Creativity: Unlock Your Originality and Awaken Your Creative Genius
Learn how to unlock your originality and awaken your creative genius with Joey Cofone – award-winning designer and Founder and CEO of the much loved “Tools for Thinkers” brand Baronfig. In his book, The Laws of Creativity, Cofone outlines the 39 Laws of Creativity which are illustrated with inspiring, informative, and surprising stories of iconic creators across history—including Albert Einstein, Serena Williams, Martin Luther King Jr., Harry Houdini, and many more.
The Alpha Workshops Cushion in Reinhardt Metallic
This decorative throw pillow’s pattern, Reinhardt Metallic, references the abstract American painter, Adolph Dietrich Friedrich Reinhardt. As an abstract expressionist, Reinhardt was a major influence on conceptual art, minimal art, and monochrome painting. The 20” x 20” cushion cover is individually crafted using custom hand-dyed artisanal fabric from The Alpha Workshops’ new line of fine interior textiles. The fabric is a high-sheen S100 mercerized cotton and the pillow is filled with a blend of 95% feather fill and 5% down.
Sonic Editions Slim Aarons “Poolside Gossip”
Slim Aarons ‘Poolside Gossip’ has become as much a symbol of modernism as the Richard Neutra home that was its setting. Aarons traveled the world and captured the wealthy, privileged, and talented. His original 1970 photograph, ‘Poolside Gossip’, was shot at the renowned Kaufmann House in Palm Springs. The photograph captures actress Lita Baron as she approaches model Helen Dzo Dzo and Nelda Linsk, wife of art dealer Joseph Linsk.
CB2 Glass Milk Carton Creamer
This delightful rendition of the classic mini milk carton served with cafeteria lunches will be a conversation starter every time you bring it out. Made with durable borosilicate (beaker) glass, this Glass Milk Carton Creamer measures 4″W x 3″D x 4.25″H.
As I See It: A Life in Detours
Tom Klingerman is an accomplished architect based in New York City. This book is a photographic and essay record of the author’s travels “from India to New Mexico, from Beaux-Arts monuments to rustic barns, from ocean to mountaintop.” Klingerman’s striking images, shot on his mobile phone, are accompanied by his reflections and those of his Instagram followers in a series of captions, comments, and mini essays.
ANNA Alta Tech Stand
Hand-crafted in Spain, the Alta Tech stand, which is made from natural Alabaster, will add that special something to your desk. Use it to hold your phone or tablet at the optimal viewing angle, this distinguished piece is unlike any other stand out there. It measures 3 x 3 x 5″H and even has an opening for your device’s charging cord.