Architects are a discerning bunch and that can make it tricky when it comes to buying them gifts (I know, I have two in my family). Here are six ideas that should pass muster.
Above: "The ubiquitous roll of trace has long adorned architects' desks. As ours inevitably wound up in a drawer, only to succumb to marks and tearing, we had in our minds that there should be a better place for such an important tool. The result is Place for Trace," states O'Brian Muehleisen Architecture Studio. The Place for Trace, available in Walnut or White Oak wood is available through Merchant No. 4; contact for pricing and restock dates.
Above: Elevating the humble nail, these Equilateral Nails are hand cast in bronze and come in a pack of four; $28 from General Store.
Above: We might be forever tapping on our iPhones, but Google calendar will never replace the Typography Calendar by Kit Hinrichs, the Holy Grail for font lovers. The 365 Typography Calendar 2013 Edition is available from directly from Studio Hinrichs, the desktop version is $29 and the wall version is $47.
Above: Les Briques Lacquered are wooden lacquered brick blocks that come in the five colors shown. Perfect for desk storage; $45 each from Neo-Utility.
Above: For appreciators of Brutalism: the Concrete Shaving Kit is $98 at Mjolk.
Above: This limited edition box set of books from London's School of Life is edited by Alain de Botton and seems to have every topic covered. As they put it: "six intelligent, rigorous, well-written self-help books, put together by some of the leading minds in the field. In these, we systematically examine some of the great issues of life: work, sex, money, emotional maturity, digital life, and changing the world." Toolkit for Life; £60 from The School of Life.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 30, 2012.