9 gift ideas for architecture enthusiasts

Stocking thrillers

It’s a tough task, shopping for an architecture enthusiast. There’s plenty of design-inspired gifts on offer, but unless you’ve got deep pockets, the risk of veering into gimmickry territory is great.

To help you with your task, we’ve picked out nine stocking fillers are a good fit for even the fussiest of design lovers, from build-your-own chocolate modules to a Brutalist desk organiser.

Brutalist desk accessories

Brutalist desk accessories by Studio Saif Faisal
Via Studio Saif Faisal

Now that Brutalism back in vogue, it’s popping up everywhere – including in this set of concrete trays and organisers. They offer a taste of the architectural style that’s small enough to fit in any office, where recipients can admire the minute bubbles – purposefully added at the mixing stage.
Contact Saif Faisal for details

Complements modular chocolates

Complements modular chocolates
Via Complements

Design-lovers with a sweet tooth can put their vice to work on this box of modular chocolates from Complements. Each piece combines with another, allowing people to create edible architecture in their favourite flavour combinations – black sesame and matcha for us, please. Complements were a viral hit when they first appeared in 2016 and stocks are limited, so be sure to get your Christmas order in soon.
$60 for a box

Mini Centre Pompidou

Mini Centre Pompidou model
Courtesy of the Centre Pompidou

This miniature Centre Pompidou – 3D-printed in either red or blue by London start-up Batch.works – isn’t just a chance to admire one of Paris’ best examples of high-tech architecture, it doubles as extra desktop storage. The lid lifts off to stash away essential bits and pieces, while the 3D-printed lines perfectly echo the building’s grid-like facade.

Swirl bookends by Tom Dixon

Swirl bookends by Tom Dixon
Via Tom Dixon

These Tom Dixon-designed bookends are hand-cut and turned, and made using recycled powdered marble residue. Every bookend is unique and carries enough heft to hold up even the heaviest of design books.
£225 for a pair

Frank Lloyd Wright bookmarks

Frank Lloyd Wright bookmarks
Via RIBA/Shop LLoyd Wright/Pinterest

Who among us is immune to the charms of Frank Lloyd Wright? Owning a home by the American architect is a pipe dream for the majority. Still, these bookmarks, featuring patterns designed by Wright, are a good consolation prize – and a perfect stocking filler.

Build your own Brutalist Eastern Bloc

Build your own Brutalist Eastern Bloc book
Zupagrafika (David Navarro & Martyna Sobecka) Zupagrafika (c)

Armchair architects won’t be able to resist this paper kit by Zupagrafika, which lets them rebuild key examples of Eastern Bloc architecture, all constructed behind the Iron Curtain. No attention has been spared on the details on the landmark buildings – even including graffiti and satellite dishes.
€17 per set

Minimalist pet furniture

Minimalist pet furniture
Via Labbvenn

Good design isn’t just for humans. Cats (and small dogs) can curl up on this midcentury-style chaise, which is a serious upgrade from the usual grubby pet bed. The upholstery can be removed and washed, if you’ve got a particularly mucky pup on your hands.
Starting from €239

Midcentury Architectural model/dollhouse

Seeking a one-of-a-kind gift for your one-of-a-kind? Pop this midcentury architecture model under the tree – if there’s enough space. It dates back to the 1960s but is in good condition, with its tiny terrazzo kitchen and multicoloured window panes still in place.

Architecture ‘Ism’ t-shirts by The Store X

Architecture 'Ism' t-shirts by The Store X
Photography: David Fischer

Are you a fan of concrete, clean lines or classicism? Toot your team with one of these architecture shirts from The Store X, available in black and white.
Email instagram@thestores.com

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