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Looking for an inspiring gift for an architecture-obsessed loved one? Look no further than this curated list of gifts for architects and architecture lovers.
Finding perfect gifts for architects or architecture lovers requires looking beyond the obvious, especially knowing that they’re all about beautiful design and attention to detail. We sourced design-inspired gifts from some of our fave spots. We’ve curated an architectural gift guide featuring some of our favorite famous architects—whether your loved one is a massive Frank Lloyd Wright fan or a general modern art fanatic, there’s something for every taste.
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
Deck the halls with Wright’s iconic designs. The Taliesin West Stairs Scarf, inspired by the stairs of the central building on the Taliesin West property, is another one of our top gifts for your architecture-obsessed loved one or life-long architects. We love that each scarf is illustrated, digitally printed and hemmed locally in Phoenix, Arizona. Definitely a unique and thoughtful gift!
Wright’s shop describes it as an item “inspired by a structure renowned for its unparalleled harmony between the human and the natural environment.”
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
For something to add to a home as a beautiful piece of accent furniture, check out the Edgar Lounge Chair, a nod to the Edgar Kaufmann House, which is one of Wright’s UNESCO World Heritage sites recognized for its global significance. Wright’s shop describes it as an item “inspired by a structure renowned for its unparalleled harmony between the human and the natural environment.”
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Zaha Hadid, the late Iraqi-born British architect is an inspiration whose structures beautified skylines and spark an interest in architecture among people worldwide as she pushed the boundaries of architecture. Collectible items from this incredible architect would take design lovers or architects’ breath away and serve as perfect gifts for this holiday season.
We recommend the Alessi Niche Table Centrepiece, one of the rare creations that were authorized by Zaha Hadid. This centerpiece with interposable elements is stunning, and the black color can easily harmonize with most home color palettes.
Another option is this beautiful stainless steel flower vase. This vase is actually two vases cut from a single block and diagonally scored to create the warped inverted surfaces that make it so stunning with “playful, puzzling interconnection,” and we feel that it makes for the perfect gift.
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That’s where we found this gorgeous Gehry Wiggle Side Chair with an interesting backstory, one of the most uncommon finds on our roundup of gifts for architects and architecture enthusiasts.
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) can easily be your one-stop-shop this holiday season if you’re looking to spend a little extra on someone special. That’s where we found this gorgeous Gehry Wiggle Side Chair with an interesting backstory, one of the most uncommon finds on our roundup of gifts for architects and architecture enthusiasts.
According to MOMA, “When Frank Gehry found a pile of scrap cardboard outside his office one day, he decided to experiment by laminating and shaping it with a hand saw and a pocketknife.” Thus, the stool was born and ready to wow whoever has the luxury of placing it in their home.
As December is rapidly approaching, you might be concerned with shipping delays. The good news is that our last (but not least!) pick is an entirely online experience. Purchasing an annual membership will grant your gift-receiver access to a MasterClass that Frank Gehry teaches on design and architecture, inviting them into his never-before-seen model archive for a look into his creative process.
Regardless of where your gift-giving takes you, we’re confident that you’ll find the best gifts for the architects or architect lovers in your life.