charles and ray eames - Gifts for Architects and Designers

Charles Eames playing with House of Cards

When you need the right gifts for architects, it can be hard picking out something good, especially if you’re not an architect. Here is our guide to the best gifts for architects; a selection of helpful and unique ideas that play to their profession, can boost their creativity, and make their lives easier and more fun.

Whether you are looking for a gift for a special occasion like a birthday, anniversaries, or holiday, these gift ideas will help you to stand out. In this post, we are sharing a list of unique and cool gifts for Architecture students and professionals.

Browse Gifts by Category:

  1. Home Decor Presents for Architects
  2. Architects at Work! Fun Office Supply 
  3. Books for Architects
  4. Let’s Play! Toys for designers
  5. Personal / Fun Gifts


01. Home Decor Presents for Architects

Eames House Bird by Charles and Ray Eames

A Vitra licensed reproduction of the House Bird created by Charles and Ray Eames for their private collection. The American folk art-inspired design is crafted from lacquered alder with steel legs.

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Iittala Aalto 4-3/4-Inch Clear Glass Vase by Alvar Aalto

Iittala Aalto 4-3/4-Inch Clear Glass Vase Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1937 for the World’s Fair, this vase exemplifies Finnish Glass Art. Aalto created organic, flexible forms that lend each vase towards the “celebration of light.”

His wavy, free form design has been translated into architecture, armchairs, screens, and even tea trolleys. Each vase is made in Finland.

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Life and Thread Hanging Mobile by Handmade in Denmark by Flensted

Life and Thread Hanging Mobile - 50 Inches Plastic - Handmade in Denmark by Flensted Flensted Mobiles are a traditional handicraft in Denmark. The first modern designer mobile was made there in 1954.

For adults or children, it is perfectly balanced so that all elements are in constant motion.

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PSJS Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer by Philippe Starck

PSJS Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer Philippe Starck - Present for designers Born in Paris in 1949, Philippe Starck is one of the most original and creative designers of our time. He has obtained many important acknowledgments such as the Grand Prix National de la Création Industrielle and the Honor Award of the American Institute of Architects.

This iconic design of the 20th century graciously welds form and function with humor.

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Classic Hang it All Coat Rack, Mid Century Modern by the Eames 

Eames Classic Hang it All Coat Rack, Mid Century Modern Wall Mounted Coat Hooks with Painted Solid Wooden Walnut Balls Wood Color Coat Hanger (Multicolor) The Hang-It-All first appeared in 1953 as storage for children’s’ belongings. Today, the whimsy established by the Hang-It-All in children’s room decor carries through to an artful foyer or entryway statement.

To create the rack’s wireframe, Charles and Ray and the Eames Office applied the mass-production techniques for welding wires they had developed for earlier designs. The frame has a durable powder coat finish, and each of its angular bends is capped with solid wood spheres.

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“Stanza Dello Scirocco” Fruit Holder by Mario Trimarchi

Mario Trimarchi, born in Sicily, has lived and worked in Milan since 1983. An architect of the ‘freehand’ generation has always moved freely within the visual universe and considers drawing, photography, design, and image equal components with the same theoretical approach.

“La Stanza dello Scirocco” is a range of items born out of the abstract and motionless atmosphere of a magic place: the room in large Sicilian country homes where one is forced to seek shelter from the sultriness while waiting for the sirocco to die down. 

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Niche Centerpiece with Interposable Elements by Zaha Hadid

Alessi Niche Centerpiece with Interposable Elements by Zaha Hadid Niche can quite simply be considered a domestic sculpture. The composition of formally complex pieces results in a unique and sinuous dovetail effect. It can be a centerpiece made up of 5 pieces, each of which can be used as an individual receptacle for sweets or chocolates, or it can be used on a desk to hold office stationery and pens. Niche is produced from black melamine and has a smooth, matte finish that makes the pieces both pleasing to the touch and easy on the eye.

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02. Architects at Work! Fun Office Supply 

Le Corbusier Modulor Rule: An Innovative Tape Measure from the Master of Modern Architecture

Le Corbusier Modulor Rule

We picture the buildings of the high priest of modern architecture, Le Corbusier, as exemplars of crisp geometric forms and industrial, machined-age details, but we often forget that he integrated nature and the human element into his compositions. Nowhere is this more evident than the Modulor, Corb”s own measuring system based on the proportions of the body and intended to replace the sterile metric system with a “more harmonious set of measurements.” Never achieving the universal acceptance he envisioned, the Modulor is a fascinating look at Corb”s efforts to reconcile human stature (in this case, his signature man-with-arm-upraised) and mathematics.

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Artemide Tolomeo Mini Table Lamp

Tolomeo Lamp for Architects The Artemide Tolomeo Mini Max Table Lamp is a sophisticated and versatile lamp ideal for contemporary styling. The body is made of polished aluminum with die-cast aluminum joints and tension control knobs.

The body, arms, and head are fully adjustable. The shade is offered in 14″ or 17″ diameter and is available in pale grey polycarbonate fiber or parchment finish. The lamp offers direct light with incandescent and LED lighting.

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PILOT Razor Point II Fine Line Marker Stick Pens

Razor Pilot Pen for architects This superfine point marker pen is great for detailed writing. A durable fiber point supported by a metal collar makes for long-lasting performance & a smooth writing experience.

Pilot’s updated marker pen has a strong fiber point to deliver smooth, vibrant, high-precision writing.

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Desktructure The City 5 Piece Porcelain Desktop Organizer Set - Best Gifts For Architects & Designers

The City 5 Piece Porcelain Desktop Organizer Set

Dimensions: City: 6.5″ H x 13″ W x 2.6″ DShip: 4.3″ H x 13″ W x 2.6″ DWarehouse: 4.3″ H x 13″ W x 2.6″ DMaterials: Fine porcelain

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Thick Leather Blueprint Tube W/Adjustable Strap

Hide & Drink, Thick Leather Blueprint Tube W/Adjustable Strap, Poster Document Painting Protection, Artist Essentials, Handmade All of Hide & Drink’s products are hand-cut and handcrafted using the highest quality of leather that you will find, namely Full Grain Leather. The quality of this leather ensures a long-lasting life and durability. After time and use, the leather will attain a beautiful and unique patina that will show age and grace.

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Lego Brick 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Gift for engineers and architects -  Lego Brick 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive with Additional Lego Brick Toy Designed in the shape of a traditional LEGO brick, this USB Flash Drive holds up to 32GB of data to easily store, share, and transport media and files.

Wherever you go, bring along your documents, pictures, video clips, and music with the LEGO USB Flash Drive. The LEGO USB Flash Drive offers a simple and portable storage solution, all in a fun and functional design.

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Alessi “Chip Magnetic Paper Clip Holder 

clip bird office gift for designers - Alessi "Chip Magnetic Paper Clip Holder  Since the Company’s foundation in 1921, most Alessi products have been manufactured through the cold working of metals; a tradition kept alive today by the skilled workers at the Crusinallo plant in Omegna.

In almost a century of history, the company has gradually evolved to become one of the leading “Factories of Italian design,” capable of applying its expertise and excellence in design management to many different product types.

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The Hand of The Architect – Moleskine

Moleskine - Gift for Designers 378 autographed drawings by a group of 110 internationally recognized architects as a tribute to Piero Portaluppi. Moleskine has designed the catalog in close collaboration with Abitare/Segesta.

In a scenario where recent releases on architectural sketches are totally absent, this catalog’s undeniable contribution and theoretical content point to the fundamental connection between creativity, project, and design.

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03. Books for Architects

Towards a New Architecture – Le Corbusier

Towards a new architecture Le Corbusier - Book present for architects For the Swiss-born architect and city planner Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), architecture constituted a noble art and exalted calling in which the architect combined plastic invention, intellectual speculation, and higher mathematics to go beyond mere utilitarian needs, beyond “style,” to achieve a pure creation of the spirit which established “emotional relationships using raw materials.”

Profusely illustrated with over 200 line drawings and photographs of his own works and other structures he considered important, Towards a New Architecture is indispensable reading for architects, city planners, and cultural historians―but will intrigue anyone fascinated by the wide-ranging ideas, unvarnished opinions, and innovative theories of one of this century’s master builders.

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S,M,L,XL by Rem Koolhass and Bruce Mau 

S,M,L,XL by Rem Koolhaas - Book Gift for Architects S, M, L, XL presents a selection of the remarkable visionary design work produced by the Dutch firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) and its acclaimed founder, Rem Koolhaas, in its first twenty years, along with a variety of insightful, often poetic writings.

The book’s title is also its framework: projects and essays are arranged according to scale. While Small and Medium address issues ranging from the domestic to the public, Large focuses on what Koolhaas calls “the architecture of Bigness.” Extra-Large features projects at the urban scale and the important essay “What Ever Happened to Urbanism?” and other contemporary cities’ studies. Running throughout the book is a “dictionary” of an adventurous new Koolhaasian language — definitions, commentaries, and quotes from hundreds of literary, cultural, artistic, and architectural sources.

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Square, Circle, Triangle – Bruno Munari

Iittala Aalto 4-3/4-Inch Clear Glass Vase - Best Gifts For Architects & Designers Using examples from ancient Greece and Egypt, as well as works by Buckminster Fuller, Le Corbusier, and Alvar Aalto, Munari invests the three shapes with specific qualities: the circle relates to the divine, the square signifies safety and enclosure, and the triangle provides a key connective form for designers.

One of the great designers of the twentieth century, Munari, contributed to painting, sculpture, design, and photography while teaching throughout his seventy-year career. After World War II, he focused on book design, creating children’s books known for their simplicity and playfulness.

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Manual of Section – Paul Lewis

Manual of Section Paul Lewis - Best Gifts For Architects & Designers Award-winning architects Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis’s essential guide to section. Section, along with plan and elevation, is one of the most important representational techniques of architectural design. Manual of Section is the first book to provide a framework to describe and evaluate this fundamental design process in architecture.

Manual of Section has become a top architecture book for architecture students and professional architects.

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The Poetics of Space – Gaston Bachelard

The Poetics of Space - Best Gifts For Architects & Designers Since its initial publication in 1958, The Poetics of Space has been a muse to philosophers, architects, writers, psychologists, critics, and readers alike. The rare work of irresistibly inviting philosophy, Bachelard’s seminal work brims with quiet revelations and stirring, mysterious imagery.
Guiding us through a stream of meditations on poetry, art, and the blooming of consciousness itself, Bachelard examines the domestic places that shape and hold our dreams and memories.

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Modern Architecture Since 1900 – William J.R. Curtis

Modern Architecture Since 1900 - Best Gifts For Architects & Designers Since its first publication in 1982, Modern Architecture Since 1900 has become established as a contemporary classic. Worldwide in scope, it combines a clear historical outline with masterly analysis and interpretation.
Technical, economic, social, and intellectual developments are brought together in a comprehensive narrative, which provides a setting for the detailed examination of buildings. Throughout the book, the author focuses on the individual architect and on the qualities that give outstanding buildings their lasting value.

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Architecture: Form, Space, & Order – Francis D. K. Ching 

Architecture: Form, Space, & Order Francis Ching For more than forty years, the beautifully illustrated Architecture: Form, Space, and Order has served as the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design. The updated and revised Fourth Edition features the fundamental elements of space and form. It is designed to encourage critical thought to promote a more evocative understanding of architecture.

The book explains form and space about light, view, openings, and enclosures. It explores the organization of space and the elements and relationships of circulation and proportion, and scale. The text’s detailed illustrations demonstrate the concepts presented and reveal the relationships between fundamental elements of architecture through the ages and across cultures.

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04. Let’s Play! Toys for designers

Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are preludes to serious ideas.

– Charles & Ray Eames

Lego Architecture Studio - Best Gifts For Architects & Designers

LEGO Architecture Studio 21050 Building Blocks Set

Bring your architectural creations to life in LEGO form with LEGO Architecture Studio. In this amazing set, you get over 1200 LEGO bricks and an inspirational guidebook filled with 272 pages of tips, techniques, features, and intuitive hands-on exercises endorsed by leading design houses. LEGO Architecture Studio gives you everything you need to create your very own unique buildings.

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LEGO Architecture Farnsworth House

LEGO Architecture Farnsworth House 21009 - Best Gifts For Architects & Designers Replicate a modern marvel with the famed Farnsworth House™! Few one-room homes are as strikingly modern and instantly recognizable as the Farnsworth House™, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This single-story steel structure with floor-to-ceiling glass walls was meant to open a minimalist interior to nature in an extreme way.

Construction took place from 1945–1951 on a 60-acre estate beside the Fox River in Plano, Illinois, where it still stands today. The assembled Farnsworth House model is over 10” (25cm) wide on a base with a printed name label and includes a booklet with facts about the building, its construction, and history.

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Areaware Blockitecture Garden City Mega Set - Buy Presents for Architects

Areaware Blockitecture Garden City Mega Set

Build the world you want to see with blockitecture, a set of architectural building blocks by designer James Paulius. Cantilever and nest hexagonal blocks to create towers, cities, and dwellings.

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RoyalChessMall 1923 Bauhaus Chess Pieces Set & Ebony Wood Board 

Bauhaus Chessmen are a faithful reproduction of the original design by Bauhaus sculptor Josef Hartwig. The design transforms pieces into geometric symbols based on their functions. The thought behind this design was that the shapes and symbols of cubes, cylinders, and balls should lead you to move by move to checkmate.

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GoCraft Handmade Wooden Dominoes Set | Double Six Professional Size Dominoes Set with Decorative Wooden Storage Box

Handmade Wooden Dominoes Set

Beautiful Handcrafted Wooden Dominoes with Sliding Storage Box decorated with brass inlay dots. Perfect size: 28 Piece Dominoes Set with domino tiles measuring 2 inches by 1 inch in size (with 3/8″ thickness) & comes in a decorated domino tile style wooden box measuring 8.75″ X 4″ X 2.5.”

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Charles and Ray Eames House of Cards

Charles and Ray Eames House of Cards - Small House of Cards was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950s.

These picture card decks have become universal favorites and are represented in the MoMA collection. Each card depicts a different familiar object from the animal, mineral, or vegetable kingdoms. Six slots on each card enable the player to interlock the cards for building their dream house (of cards).

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Guggenheim Museum Scale Replica – Midcentury Modern Masterpiece

Guggenheim Museum Scale Replica Great gift for the architecture enthusiast, Frank Lloyd Wright fan. Own a midcentury modern masterpiece. Looks great on a bookshelf or desk—fun to build and beautiful to display.

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05. Personal / Fun Gifts for Architects

Canon Digital SLR Camera Body [EOS 80D] with 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS Sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF - Black

Canon Digital SLR Camera Body [EOS 80D] with 24.2 Megapixel 

The EOS 80D is the successor to the very popular Canon EOS 70D and is an improvement in several aspects. It features Canon’s latest CMOS sensor as well as a new and improved metering sensor. The Dual Pixel Autofocus system onboard its new sensor allows you to enable continuous shooting AF even while shooting stills, which is an especially great feature for Architecture Photography.

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Ceramic Coffee Tea Mug, Architect Nutritional Facts

coffee mug architect Perfect for giving your friends and family for birthdays, as a Christmas gift, or just because.

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Comme Des Garçons Mask

Cdg Hype Comme Des Garçons Mask Two layers of cloth, One size.100% Polyester: This extremely strong and durable synthetic fabric retains its shape and dries quickly.

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Artisan Leather Briefcase

Leather Briefcase for Men Italian Handcrafted Full Grain Messenger Bag for Laptop Orange - Time Resistance This briefcase is made from full-grain hand-dyed leather, using vegetable tanning method that utilizes only natural materials and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. This artisan technique maintains a natural look of leather, rendering each skin one of a kind with a slightly different pattern. There will be only one briefcase like yours in the world.

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Weighted Blanket — Heavy 100% Oeko-Tex Certified Cotton Material with Premium Glass Beads

YnM Weighted Blanket — Heavy 100% Oeko-Tex Certified Cotton Material with Premium Glass Beads (Dark Grey, 48''x72'' 15lbs), Suit for One Person(~140lb) Use on Twin/Full Bed The unique 7-layer structure is designed to keep you comfortable and cool, allowing the glass beads to provide temperature control.

The original YnM weighted blanket offers a natural way to help calm your body for a restful night of sleep; a great calming sensory blanket for adults and children to help decompress and provide comfort.

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APOTHEKE Luxury Scented 3-Wick Jar Candle

APOTHEKE Luxury Scented 3-Wick Jar Candle, Magnolia Bouquet, 32 oz - Large - Magnolia, Rose, Pepper, Musky Woods Scent, Strong Fragrance, Aromatherapy, Long Lasting, Hand Poured in USA These candles are hand-poured with perfume-grade fragrance oils and a high-quality soy wax blend. Each scent is formulated with a unique wick, wax, and fragrance combination to create a strong and clean burn. With proper care, APOTHEKE 11 oz candles burn for an average of 60-70 hours.

The body, arms, and head are fully adjustable. The shade is offered in 14″ or 17″ diameter and is available in pale grey polycarbonate fiber or parchment finish. The lamp offers direct light with incandescent and LED lighting.

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