I live with a book lover who, if he could, would spend his entire day reading about and researching the history of fly fishing. I myself have my own obsession: clean-lined design old and new. Here, I’ve combined our two interests into a roundup of well-made accessories for readers, writers, and typography fans of all stripes.
To make sure we’ve got everyone on your list covered, we’re posting a new gift guide every weekday from now until Christmas. See all of the Gift Guides to date in our archive.
Above: A Read Instead Print looks good against a wall of books–and is meant to be a reminder to look away from our gadgets. The hand-screened print measures 15 inches by 22 inches and is made from a painting by Erik Heywood, owner of Book/Shop; $45 unframed. Read about the shop in our post The New Bookstore Model: Book/Shop in Oakland, California.
Above: A leather case for reading glasses or sunglasses. The Kenton Good Times Roll is made in Wisconsin of hand-stitched tanned vegetable leather; $105 from Kenton Sorenson, a barber turned leather artisan.
Above: For hands-free reading–especially handy when using the iPad in the kitchen for displaying recipes. This US-made, dishwasher safe iPad Stand is from Food 52’s shop Provisions; $35. Also available: recyclable plastic sleeves for protecting your iPad from food splatters.
Above: The square and rounded Book Stopper in copper or brass designed by Swedish team Broberg & Ridderstrí¥le; $60 each from Mjölk.
Above: The Midori Brass Stencil Bookmark is sized for slipping inside paperbacks and notebooks, and stands ready to be used as a straight edge and stencil; $17.50 from This Is Ocean.
Above: Bauhau-inspired typography designed in 1937 by Arne Jacobsen for Aarhaus City Hall has made its way onto mugs. The Arne Jacobsen Cup is $22 from the Finnish Design Shop–for each select the letter of your choice. Photo via Wild Swans.
Above: A reminder to occasionally look beyond the page–a linen Cushion embroidered with a St. Augustine quote oft repeated by Estrid Ericson, founder of Stockholm interiors store Svenskt Tenn. Made in several colors, it’s 1550 SEK from Svenskt Tenn.