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50 affordable gift ideas for architecture lovers

50 affordable gift ideas for architecture lovers
50 affordable gift ideas for architecture lovers (image credit: Destination PSP)

Looking for something for that special person? Or just making your own Christmas list? Hopefully, these 50 affordable gift ideas for architecture lovers will inspire you.

Note that I independently selected any featured products in this article. However, if you buy from one of my links it may be an affiliate and I may earn a small commission.

Amazingly, this list started out as just 10 a couple of years back but steadily grew as I realised I had bookmarked so many design pieces based around houses and architecture over past weeks and months. I could have gone on longer, but 50 seemed as high as I could reasonably go. This year I have gone through the list and updated it, removing items no longer available and adding in new ones. A freshen up if you like.

Note that I haven’t listed any books either. I have featured plenty of book releases on the site, (although not as many as I would like of late) so do have a look in that section if you want some inspiration on that front. There are always plenty out there. Once you have done that, have a look at this list to see some (largely) modestly-priced gift ideas (and a couple of pricier ones I couldn’t resist featuring).

So in no particular order, here we go…

1. Midcentury modern house tissue box covers by Destination PSP
1. Midcentury modern house tissue box covers by Destination PSP (image credit: Destination PSP)

1. Midcentury modern house tissue box covers by Destination PSP

I featured these on the site some time back and they were massively popular. So an obvious place to start the gift guide.

Different house designs are available (including some new ones for this year), but they all follow a similar path. Created from printed PVC board, each one is produced and hand-assembled in Southern California and designed to fit standard rectangular tissue boxes. Pop it on and the tissue looks like smoke from a chimney, while the house is a talking point in your home. $75 is the price.

Find out more at the Destination PSP website

 

2. Architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
2. Architecture maps by Blue Crow Media (image credit: Blue Crow Media)

2. Architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

Another designer that has featured on the site in the past. There really are so many of these to choose from and new maps are added on a regular basis.

That’s no bad thing as the maps in question cover almost every corner of the world, from Paris to Pyongyang and numerous architectural styles too. There must be something here for you. Each is a labour of love, with maps and imagery picking out local highlights if you are in the area, as well as some background to the style and city from the locals. Around £8 each, they certainly have ’stocking filler’ potential. Or buy a complete set and save as a bulk buy.

Find out more at the Amazon website or the Blue Crow Media website.

3. Tiny Scenic midcentury modern jewellery
3. Tiny Scenic midcentury modern jewellery (image credit: Tiny Scenic)

3. Tiny Scenic midcentury modern jewellery

File under cute and quirky. Numerous designs in the Tiny Scenic midcentury modern jewellery collection and a number of new ones arriving right now.

The vast majority are necklaces, but there are some brooches too, plus some midcentury modern earrings also added to the range of late and a mix of laser-cut, etched walnut and three types of perspex for the material used.

As for the designs new and old, there is a strong midcentury modern vibe, with the house designs generally my personal favourites, with the butterfly roof house pictured above typical of the work on offer. 

Not just houses, there’s a lovely swimming pool necklace and I love the Donut Shop design pictured below too. All well priced, you are looking at something between £29 and £50 depending on what you go for and with limited numbers, things might sell through before Christmas.

3. Tiny Scenic midcentury modern jewellery
3. Tiny Scenic midcentury modern jewellery (image credit: Tiny Scenic)

Find out more at the Tiny Scenic website

 

4. Concrete water tower planters
4. Concrete water tower planters (image credit: Tiipoi)

4. Concrete water tower planters

I love a water tower – you might have seen a few on the site in the past. So this mini version is bound to appeal.

It might appeal to you if you like the idea of some concrete design in your home. Yes, these are made out of concrete, with more designs available than previous years – including the design pictured above, which is slightly larger than the first batch.

Pricier at £79, but you can still get the smaller ones for £69 if you want them.

Find out more at the TiiPoi website

 

5. Walking and cycling guides to modern houses by Stefi Orazi
5. Walking and cycling guides to modern houses by Stefi Orazi (image credit: Stefi Orazi)

5. Walking and cycling guides to modern houses by Stefi Orazi

A new entry to the gift guide last year and another expanding range over the last 12 months.

Love modern houses? Or course you do. You are reading this site. With that in mind, you might want to stick one or more of these on your Christmas list. Stefi, who is responsible for some essential books on the subject, has produced these bag-sized guides for the London area, as well as one for Belgium.

Great for walking or cycling, but particularly for house-spotting, the good-looking guides are available as part of a subscription set (with box) or individually for £4.50 each. Oh and a lovely box set for £39.50 if you want to treat yourself.

Find out more at the Things You Can Buy website

 

6. Architectural letter holders by Wilhon Design
6. Architectural letter holders by Wilhon Design (image credit: Wilhon Design)

6. Architectural letter holders by Wilhon Design

I actually featured their Brutalist London postcard set a while back, but I am focusing on the architectural letter holders by Wilhon Design now. And there are some new arrivals in the range that have just landed

This is a steadily growing range that kicked off with the art deco Surbiton station (pictured above) but has grown to include the likes of Dreamland in Margate, Tolworth Tower and the Brixton Recreation Centre.

Library Of Birmingham letter holder
Library Of Birmingham letter holder (image credit: Wilhon Design)

In terms of the new arrivals, have a look at Tate Modern Switch House, Dorich House and the one you can see above, the Library Of Birmingham.

Made from powder-coated, laser-cut steel, with non-slip rubber feet and looking rather lovely and are also functional pieces of home design. They sell from £27.95.

Find out more at the Etsy website

 

7. Barbican tote bags by Dorothy
7. Barbican tote bags by Dorothy (image credit: Dorothy)

7. Barbican tote bags at Dorothy

Another maker/seller who could feature numerous times here, so well worth checking out the website and particularly the artwork on offer. Last year I went for the Barbican mugs, which have now sold out. But I’m going for the Barbican tote bags this time out.

These are part of a larger Barbican range that includes tea towels, plates, artwork and more. The designs are consistent throughout, with a choice of the Barbican Towers, Frobisher Crescent and the Barbican Centre, all very eye-catching, especially if you have a thing for this brutalist icon. Each is a natural canvas bag with long handles and a three-colour screenprint on it. £15 seems like a good price, but if you want more, you can save more by buying a ‘bundle’ or Barbican items.

Find out more at the Dorothy website

 

Bauhaus scarves by Donna Wilson
Bauhaus scarves by Donna Wilson (image credit: Donna Wilson)

8. Bauhaus scarves by Donna Wilson

Not someone I would have connected with an architectural range, but I like the end result of the Bauhaus scarf range.

Donna Wilson always does some wonderful and interesting designs and this year, that includes a range of scarves inspired by the female textile artists of the Bauhaus.

100 per cent lambswool, knitted in Scotland and with plenty of colours and patterns to choose from. Expect to pay around £100.

Find out more at the Donna Wilson website

 

Bauhaus 1919 Sweatshirt
Bauhaus 1919 Sweatshirt (image credit: London T-shirt Company)

Talking of wearable Bauhaus, you can still get these Bauhaus 1919 Sweatshirts, which were very popular in the past. Different colours and sizes, but the price is constant at £22.50 (which is cheaper than last year).

 

9. Personalised New York skyline pen tray
9. Personalised New York skyline pen tray (image credit: Studio Laser Cut Gifts)

9. Personalised New York skyline pen tray

If you love New York and need somewhere for your pens, have a look at this.

As you might have guessed, this is a handmade desk tidy featuring some of the distinctive landmarks of New York, including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

What makes this desk tidy original though, is that you can personalise it with a special message on the base. So a very personal gift. Made of wood, it sells for £29.95. Have a look at other similar gifts on the retailer’s site too.

Find out more at the Etsy website

 

10. Bauhaus-themed bookends by Design Atelier Article
10. Bauhaus-themed bookends by Design Atelier Article (image credit: Design Atelier Article)

10. Bauhaus-themed bookends by Design Atelier Article

Bauhaus once again the inspiration for some home design. This time to keep your books in order.

Each one is handmade and is produced as laser cut metal with a powder coating. Each one also has ‘anti-slip’ silicon pads for additional furniture protection. Two designs, the Bauhaus logo by Oskar Schlemmer dating back to 1922 and the Bauhaus building itself. £55.39 for a pair.

Find out more at the Etsy website

 

11. Park Hill prints by Laura Knight Studio
11. Park Hill prints by Laura Knight Studio (image credit: Laura Knight Studio)

11. Park Hill prints by Laura Knight Studio

So many architectural prints around, but not so many of Park Hill in Sheffield.

There are here, as well as plenty more, from the Barbican through to Manchester’s Toast Rack. But Park Hill is the mini range that catches my eye. Colourful, stylised prints focusing on the details in the recently-restored brutalist development, each hand-pulled by APG Works in Sheffield. Signed and numbered as a limited edition too. Despite that, prices are affordable, starting from around £20 unframed.

Find out more at the Laura Knight Studio website

 

12. Bauhaus-inspired Walter Gropius watch range
12. Bauhaus-inspired Walter Gropius watch range (image credit: Bauhaus Movement Shop)

12. Bauhaus-inspired Walter Gropius watch range

Ok, this is pushing the affordable thing a little. But these are wonderful watches likely to appeal to lovers of modernist design.

There are so many too, with the majority featuring designs on the faces inspired by imagery and motifs of the original Bauhaus movement. They are also German-made watches, made of stainless steel and with a Citizen Miyota movement.

The straps and designs vary, but the designs are all eye-catching and if I’m honest, I really can’t pick a favourite. But I do love the Josef Albers design pictured here. As for price, that’s somewhere between €189 and €199.

Find out more at the Bauhaus Movement Shop website

 

13. Design Letters range by Arne Jacobsen
13. Design Letters range by Arne Jacobsen  (image credit: Made in Design)

13. Design Letters range by Arne Jacobsen

There is enough in here to fill a top 50 with the range expanding every year. So do browse it all if you want a gift idea for someone in the family. Or a design-loving friend.

Based on typography drawn in 1937 by the world-renowned Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, it covers everything from the living room and the dining room to the home office and the nursery. I have probably missed a few rooms out too. There’s a cocktail shaker now, so your home bar could be included too!

As an example, I’m looking at the tableware, which looks amazing as a style statement and at this time of the year, you could spell out ‘XMAS’ and really get people talking. Prices vary of course, but a China plate costs around £20. Actually, less right now as Made In Design is currently discounting it.

Find out more at the Made in Design website

 

14. Build your own brutalist city with Zupagrafika
14. Build your own brutalist city with Zupagrafika (image credit: Zupagrafika)

14. Build your own brutalist city with Zupagrafika

Know someone who likes to build things? They could spend Boxing Day putting together their own brutalist city.

Zupagrafika has created a range of cut-out paper models you just need to build As you can see, the end result looks impressive. Especially if you go big with the concept.

You can pick up full cities or just individual buildings from the likes of London, Paris, Warsaw, Moscow and more. All reasonably priced too, with a building starting at just €6. That’s pretty much stocking filler territory.

Find out more at the Zupagrafika website

 

15. 1960s-style Modernist sweatshirts by Mr B’s Soulful Tees
15. 1960s-style Modernist sweatshirts by Mr B’s Soulful Tees (image credit: Mr B’s Soulful Tees)

15. 1960s-style Modernist sweatshirts by Mr B’s Soulful Tees

A vintage Pan Am vibe with these 1960s-style Modernist sweatshirts by Mr B’s Soulful Tees.

After all, it is sweatshirt season and if you want the world to know of your love of modernism and you like a vintage logo, this is the shirt for you. Also, don’t worry about the red, as this design is available in pretty much any colour you like, as well as all the sizes you probably need.

A gift for yourself or someone else. Whoever receives it, this doesn’t break the bank at £25.20.

Find out more at the Mr B’s Soulful Tees Etsy website

 

Lego Architecture Tokyo
Lego Architecture Tokyo (image credit: Lego)

16. Lego Architecture Tokyo

Not the obvious one, but Lego seems to have discontinued the majority of its Lego Architecture range.

Some of the older ones are still available on Amazon and eBay if you want the Sydney Opera House, the Guggenheim, Villa Savoye or Robie House, as well as the Lego Architecture construction kit. But note prices are rising. I’m so glad someone bought me Villa Savoye when it came out! I still have it and haven’t found time to make it yet. Maybe this Christmas break.

But there are some interesting city sets still available directly from Lego. The Tokyo set is a fairly recent one, offering all the modern sights in Lego form and guaranteed to be fun over the festive season. It sells for £54.99.

Find out more at the Lego website

 

17. Architecture-inspired cushions by Gail Myerscough
17. Architecture-inspired cushions by Gail Myerscough (image credit: Gail Myerscough)

17. Architecture-inspired cushions by Gail Myerscough

I’m a big fan of the work of Gail Myerscough and if you love retro illustrations and patterns, I suggest you have a browse as there are so many products to choose from.

There’s also a strong architecture theme within the range too. Whether that’s Manchester modernism, the Park Hill development, Balfron Tower or the Welbeck Street Car Park, there’s something for every fan of modernist and brutalist architecture.

That includes mugs, notebooks and prints to name a few, as well as a number of cushions, which is the design I am featuring here. The Crescent cushion, which is available in a couple of colours, is inspired by aerial photography of the Hulme Crescents, demolished back in 1994. £40 gets you one.

Find out more at the Gail Myerscough website

 

18. South Bank pop art range by Art and Hue
18. South Bank pop art range by Art and Hue (image credit: Art and Hue)

18. South Bank pop art range by Art and Hue

Classic imagery and architecture, but the South Bank pop art range by Art and Hue adds in a colourful twist.

The National Theatre, the Hayward, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Festival Hall plus some details from each all given a pop art makeover and are available in three sizes and 18 colours.

Priced from £18 depending on what you go for. If you want more, there’s now a brutalist range and one featuring famous service stations like the much-loved Forton Services

Find out more at the Art & Hue Etsy website

 

19. Miniature architectural classics by Chisel and Mouse
19. Miniature architectural classics by Chisel and Mouse (image credit: Chisel and Mouse)

19. Miniature architectural classics by Chisel and Mouse

Hard to pick out just one as there are so many miniature gems in the Chisel and Mouse range.

Using both the chisel and the mouse (hence the name), the maker uses both old and new techniques to recreate iconic buildings in miniature as pieces of interior design. New designs are constantly being added too, so a website to keep an eye on.

The end results are incredibly impressive and the result of a lot of work and patience as well as an attention to detail. I love the Bauhaus range and some of the art deco buildings too. But I think Trellick Tower, the Hoover Building and Centrepoint are my personal favourites. Look great as bookmarks too.

But not cheap as each sells for around £195. The site and the models are certainly worth a few minutes of your browsing time.

Find out more at the Chisel and Mouse website

 

20. Hayward Gallery cushions by Custhom (image credit: Custhom)
20. Hayward Gallery cushions by Custhom (image credit: Custhom)

20. Hayward Gallery cushions by Custhom

More cushions and another mention of the Hayward. But again, a design that would adapt to any environment.

Various colours of cushions and some blankets with a similar design too, with the cushions produced in high-quality Egyptian cotton and filled with British wool, with a design using strong geometric forms inspired by the Hayward. All of which is brought together by a 300-year-old mill in Sudbury, Essex. Different colours to choose from too.

If you want one of the cushions, they sell for between £120 and £140. That’s right, not the cheapest option, but interesting nonetheless.

Find out more at the Custhom website

 

21. People Will Always Need Plates tableware designs
21. People Will Always Need Plates tableware designs (image credit: People Will Always Need Plates)

21. People Will Always Need Plates tableware designs

It launched back in 2003 and I think I bought my first pieces off them around that time. They still look impressive today and if you love modern houses and illustration, you will love the full range.

PWANP has worked with the likes of the Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, Design Museum, Hepworth Wakefield, Turner Contemporary and the De La Warr Pavilion to produce ranges.

21. People Will Always Need Plates tableware designs
21. People Will Always Need Plates tableware designs (image credit: People Will Always Need Plates)

But for me, its distinctive style is more at home with domestic dwellings such as the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, Highpoint, Trellick Tower or the notable house designs that appear on both mugs and plates, as well as tray, placemats, trivets and bags (I LOVE the tote bags). Add some colour to your home from as little as £8.

Find out more at the People Will Always Need Plates website

 

Bauhaus-inspired geometric ceramics by Design K
22. Bauhaus-themed tableware by Design K (image credit: Design K)

22. Bauhaus-themed tableware by Design K

Another option for your table and very classy pieces too.

Designs that are all about ‘embracing the spirit of Bauhaus’ with forms inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s ‘Triadisches Ballett’ and available as cups, saucers, teapots and even egg cups. The earthenware range does change and designs come and go, so act quickly if you want something. Talking of which, you are looking at something like £24 for a mug, £68 for a teapot and £38 for a cup and saucer set.

Note that there are also some eye-catching Kreis pieces too if you check the website.

You can buy them directly from Design K.

 

23. Frinton Park Estate Guide by Modernism In Metro-Land
23. Frinton Park Estate Guide by Modernism In Metro-Land (image credit: Modernism In Metro-Land)

23. Frinton Park Estate Guide by Modernism In Metro-Land

I know I said I wasn’t featuring books, but I thought I would briefly mention A Guide to Modernism in Metro-Land, which is well worth owning. But only because it’s a nice introduction to a rather lovely guide.

Anything I feature in Frinton is popular on the site, so I figured a guide to this modernist paradise would be a winner too.

The 48-page guide includes 37 colour images of the surviving houses from the Oliver Hill-overseen development, plus a history of the estate and a map. The guide is printed on Silk 150 gsm paper, with a 250 gsm matt laminated cover.

Again, £7 is ideal stocking filler territory.

Find out more at the Modernism In Metro-Land website

 

24. Midcentury modern birdhouses by Pleasant Ranch
24. Midcentury modern birdhouses by Pleasant Ranch (image credit: Peasant Ranch)

24. Midcentury modern birdhouses by Pleasant Ranch

A number to choose from, but all of these mini houses for your feathered friends are impressive pieces of work. I only wish they could build a bigger one for me!

Single-storey miniature houses with all the design touches you would expect to find in the larger versions. Each is made from wood, with PVC and steel detailing, as well as some outdoor paint to ensure long life and a connector for easy fitting.

But they are one of the pricier entrants here, with the one pictured here selling for £155. Do check out the full range, they are amazing and might be something you want to treat yourself with.

Find out more at the Pleasant Ranch Etsy website

 

25. Archipops New Perspectives - pop-up notecards
25. Archipops New Perspectives – pop-up notecards (image credit: Fred Aldous)

25. Archipops New Perspectives – pop-up notecards

Know someone who likes sending letters? This is something to look at.

It’s a set of notecards, as you might have worked out. But with a twist. Sold in a souvenir box with paper-and-string closure, each notecard features a different pop-up design of some of the world’s best-loved modern buildings. The Guggenheim Museum, The Pompidou Centre, The Bauhaus Dessau, The Sydney Opera House, Villa Savoye and the Royal Festival Hall.

Available from around £16.95 at Fred Aldous.

 

26. Funkis house shelf by Ferm Living
26. Funkis house shelf by Ferm Living (image credit: Made In Design)

26. Funkis house shelf by Ferm Living

How about some interior design as a gift? But you will need to love someone a lot as this isn’t cheap. But it is a shelf shaped like a house.

A versatile number, the Funkis is a mini plywood version of the full-sized house which is great for kids to play with or just for using as a quirky shelf in your home. Or both for that matter. A great shelf for a kids room, in other words.

As I said, not the cheapest gift here, but if it works for you, £151 is the price.

Find out more at the Made in Design website

 

27. Midcentury Houses Clock at Destination PSP
27. Midcentury Houses Clock at Destination PSP (image credit: Destination PSP)

27. Midcentury Houses Clock at Destination PSP

Remember those tissue boxes from the top of the rundown? Well, that same company/retailer also offers the wonderful Midcentury Houses Clock.

Made in southern California, the clock has a quartz movement with sweeping hand, battery power and a PVC board face printed with those lovely midcentury modern house illustrations.

If you see it in your house, this is a bargain $49.

Find out more at the Destination PSP website

 

28. London vs New York Skyline chess set
28. London vs New York Skyline chess set (image credit: Not On The High Street)

28. London vs New York Skyline chess set

You can get a purely London Skyline set and I did feature a Liverpool vs Manchester chess set on the site (sadly no longer available). But I think this London vs New York skyline chess set just heads the list.

Yes, chess. I suspect after watching the Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, a good few people will be looking at a chessboard for Christmas this year on the off chance they have the ‘gift’.

It is what it sounds like, a battle of buildings on a chessboard. Same game, different pieces. So the famed skyscrapers of New York come up against the likes of Big Ben, There London Eye, The Shard and Canary Wharf. A board included too, naturally. £110 if you fancy chess over the festive period – or know someone who might.

Find out more at the Not On The High Street website

 

29. Bauhaus acrylic necklace by Kate Made It
29. Bauhaus acrylic necklace by Kate Made It (image credit: Kate Made It)

29. Bauhaus acrylic necklace by Kate Made It

Something wearable and not obviously architecture-based. But that’s really part of the appeal for this one. As is the price.

Based on the Bauhaus pure shapes and colours, it features acrylic shapes that are laminated onto a thin wooden backing piece that is suspended from a nickel-free, hypoallergenic, bronze finished chain.

At £10 it doesn’t break the bank either.

Find out more at the Kate Made It Etsy website

 

30. Le Corbusier prints at King & McGaw
30. Le Corbusier prints at King & McGaw (image credit: King & McGaw)

30. Le Corbusier prints at King & McGaw

Classy and classic, these Le Corbusier prints are available framed at King & McGaw.

Saying that you can get them unframed, which hacks the price down to just £35 if you are on a budget. They can always buy their own choice of frame. Or save the work and get detailed, vintage-style prints of Villa Savoye (in two sizes), Chapelle de Ronchamp, Couvent de la Tourette or the Unite d’Habitation in Marseille sent to your door.

As for the price, that’s between £145 and £240, depending on your choice of artwork. Note there are other architectural prints on there too. The Pompidou Centre one is particularly worth a look.

Find out more at the King and McGaw website

 

31. Brutalist Calendar 2022
31. Brutalist Calendar 2022 (image credit: Blue Crow Media)

31. Brutalist Calendar 2022

From the people who brought you the architecture maps (see earlier) comes this wonderful calendar/organiser for 2022. Here’s hoping it gets more full than the calendars of the last two years.

A limited edition, this is a celebration of some of the most awe-inspiring and influential examples of Brutalist architecture around the world. The large images are the selling point for me but don’t underestimate the usefulness of a wall calendar in the digital age. There is room to scribble on important engagements too.

£24 gets you one of these and they do tend to sell out. You have been warned.

Find out more at the Blue Crow Media website

 

32. Preston Bus Station print at The Modernist
32. Preston Bus Station 50th anniversary print at The Modernist (image credit: The Modernist)

32. Preston Bus Station clock 50th anniversary print at The Modernist

Annoyingly, this was also once a tea towel, but that has now sold out and disappeared. But you can still get the Preston Bus Station print.

I’m a big fan of Preston Bus Station and will think nothing of taking the kids there for a day out. Even before they did it up. So I am probably the target market for this particular product.

The design is the work of Matthew Steele in celebration of the station’s 50 years in existence. Perhaps a celebration of its reprieve too. The print will brighten up any room in that bold shade of orange, but you can get it in a more subdued shade of grey too. A couple of size options are available as well. The print is priced at £55 for the smaller format and £95 for the large.

Find out more at The Modernist website

Preston Bus Station badge
Preston Bus Station badge (image credit: The Modernist)

Want something more affordable and Preston Bus Station-related? Why not pick up this wonderful badge for just £8.

 

33. The Barbican Collection umbrella
33. The Barbican Collection umbrella (image credit: Barbican Shop)

33. The Barbican Collection umbrella

There is much to love on the Barbican Shop website. Of course, there is. But in light of the current weather, I’m picking this out.

This is actually part of a group of designs created in-house by the Barbican studio and sold exclusively at the Barbican Shop. Do have a look at all of them, but in terms of this, it features stylised imagery of the Barbican Estate and it folds down, opening up to keep you dry and hip when it does shower.

£20 is a small price to keep someone dry.

Find out more at the Barbican Shop website

Barbican reusable coffee cup
Barbican reusable coffee cup (image credit: Barbican Shop)

If you want something more affordable, you can always pick up a Barbican reusable coffee cup (like the one above) for just £5.

 

34. Aristo Bauhaus watch range
34. Aristo Bauhaus watch range (image credit: Aristo)

34. Aristo Bauhaus watch range

A while back, Swatch did a Bauhaus watch range. But that was a limited edition and they are no longer around. But the Aristo Bauhaus watch range is and does play with similar imagery.

This unisex watch was produced for the Bauhaus centenary and is available in different colour options both for the strap and the face. Although the coloured shapes and the minimalist face is consistent across the range, as is the leather strap and mineral glass.

Just over £90 if you know someone who would look good in one.

Find out more at the Amazon website

 

35. Top Brutes card game
35. Top Brutes card game (image credit: Space Play)

35. Top Brutes card game

Remember the game Top Trumps fondly? Love concrete? This is perhaps the ideal gift for you. Or anyone that those two things apply to.

There are so many offshoots of Top Trumps right now. I even spotted a Britpop set a while back. But this is an architecture rundown and as such, I am featuring a set firmly in that territory.

The set features 24 of London’s ‘brutes’, a mix of classics and the less familiar. If you want something outside London, there’s a  Birmingham set too. Crack open the pack, deal them out and see who wins with the highest score on each card. There is nothing I don’t love about this idea. Especially when the Christmas period starts to get a little stale. £16 gets you a set.

Find out more at the Space Play website

 

36. Estate Collection tea towels at Oscar Francis
36. Estate Collection tea towels at Oscar Francis (image credit: Oscar Francis)

36. Estate Collection tea towels at Oscar Francis

There is so much to love at Oscar Francis. Whether that’s art prints, notebooks or something for the home. I have gone for the latter, purely because everyone needs a tea towel. But there are coasters and cushions as well.

Tower blocks and apartments show off their individuality on this extensive tea towel range, with each one digitally printed onto a 100 per cent cotton Panama fabric. Each is also individually wrapped in a presentation band. £12 if you want one, with pairs of tea towels also available for £22.

Plenty of designs over and above the ones I have pictured here and plenty of design ideas for other gifts on the website.

Find out more at the Oscar Francis website

 

37. Archispecs by Cinqpoints
37. Archispecs by Cinqpoints (image credit: Cinqpoints)

37. Archispecs by Cinqpoints

Fancy yourself as a noted 20th-century architect? You need the right glasses. And there is only one place to start.

The Archispecs design is a reproduction to the scale 1:1 and on black postcards of those famous architect glasses if you want to pretend you are Le Corbusier or Philip Johnson.

Not the real thing though, these are in pre-cut cardboard, which is why they sell for just €6.

Find out more at the Cinqpoints website

 

38. Trellick Tower bookends by Susan Bradley Design
38. Trellick Tower bookends by Susan Bradley Design (image credit: Susan Bradley Design)

38. Trellick Tower bookends by Susan Bradley Design

You can also get Battersea Power Station, but the Trellick Tower bookends are the headline act for me.

Of course, please do check out Battersea Power Station if you prefer that and the concept works for you. But if you like this, it is made from coated steel and designed in the shape of Goldfinger’s iconic building and sold in that bold shade of red.

£18.40 is the individual price and if you want a pair, you can get a pair. But it is twice the price.

Find out more at the Not On The High Street website

 

39. Isokon Building print by Eye For London
39. Isokon Building print by Eye For London (image credit: Eye For London)

39. Isokon Building print by Eye For London

Plenty of options in terms of different buildings, but this take on the Isokon Building is the one I have picked out here.

All are affordable options for your wall (and a lot cheaper than buying the real thing), with this interpretation of Wells Coates modern classic a fine art Giclee print on 300gsm thick paper.

Different sizes available, with all selling from just £10.40.

Find out more at the Eye For London website

 

 

40. Koolbird midcentury modern birdhouses
40. Koolbird midcentury modern birdhouses (image credit: Koolbird)

40. Koolbird midcentury modern birdhouses

I mentioned another birdhouse range earlier, but do check out these too.

They differ significantly from the previous ones. Whereas the earlier ones tended to be replicas of real houses, the Koolbird designs are more in the spirit of the midcentury modern movement. Yes, all those curves and straight lines.

But they are every bit as appealing to the eye and hopefully, to the birds too. As for price, you are looking at £136 upwards. So not cheap, unless it’s for someone very special in your life.

Find out more at the Koolbird website

 

41. TAC tableware range by Walter Gropius
41. TAC tableware range by Walter Gropius (image credit: Connox)

41. TAC tableware range by Walter Gropius

It looks fairly plain and as a gift, it might not appeal on the face of it. But this is the TAC tableware range by Walter Gropius no less.

TAC = The Architects Collaborative, which was the name of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius’ Boston office. it was designed for Rosenthal and is notable for its geometric shapes such as circles and spheres, with a strong Bauhaus influence present across the range. New motifs have been added for the Bauhaus anniversary or you can opt for the classic.

Available in individual pieces such as tea and coffee pots or cups or you can get full sets, which happen to be in the sale on the retailer’s site. But as a guide, a small teapot is around £44 and a teacup and saucer are £32.

Find out more at the Connox website

 

 

42. Wooden architecture kits by Modern Landmarks
42. Wooden architecture kits by Modern Landmarks (image credit: Modern Landmarks)

42. Wooden architecture kits by Modern Landmarks

I’m sorry, this is another one that isn’t particularly affordable. But I couldn’t resist featuring the range.

Not all are modern, but a good number of these kits are interesting and likely to appeal to anyone who enjoys making things.

You could opt to make the Sydney Opera House, the Tate Modern or the Guggenheim Museum. But personally, I quite fancy having a go at Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Beautifully boxed, easy to follow instructions and with 120 pieces to put together if you want the finished house. But note that these are premium products that come at a premium price. This set retails for $198. But it would look great on display when finished.

Find out more at the Modern Landmarks website

 

43. London Brutalist Edition Chess Set by Skyline Chess
43. London Brutalist Edition Chess Set by Skyline Chess (image credit: Skyline Chess)

43. London Brutalist Edition Chess Set by Skyline Chess

Another chess set, this time with brutalism coming to the fore.

A chess game featuring some of London’s most-notable architecture from the brutalist movement including Trellick Tower, Petty France, Centrepoint and Cromwell Tower to name just a few.

This is a 32-piece set cast in hand-cast resin, all double weighted pieces with soft felt bases and sold with a hand screen-printed Corian playing board and presentation box. But again, it doesn’t come cheap. Presumably because of that construction. You will need to find £395 to secure this set, which is a bit hefty when it comes to a gift. Maybe a gift to yourself if you have had a good year.

Find out more at the Skyline Chess website

 

44. A-frame keychain by Finest Imaginary
44. A-frame keychain by Finest Imaginary (image credit: Finest Imaginary)

44. A-frame keychain by Finest Imaginary

To offset the huge price of those last finds here is something at the other end of the price spectrum.

A keychain and one featuring a shiny, gold metal and blue-toned enamel A-frame cabin, finished with a gold-plated keyring attachment.

£10 for this. But do check out the Palm Springs necklaces by the same designer too. Lovely little things and again, affordable and eye-catching gifts.

Find out more at the Etsy website

 

45. Leg Corbusier socks at Chattyfeet
45. Leg Corbusier socks at Chattyfeet (image credit: Chattyfeet)

45. Leg Corbusier socks at Chattyfeet

Yes, it’s that man again. But this time he wants to make friends with your feet.

If you can excuse the pun, these are classic gift material. Socks and Christmas often go hand in hand. Made of a cotton mix, you get Le Corbusier’s face staring up at you when you slip them on. Ok, novelty socks aren’t for everyone, but I quite like these.

£8.50 gets you a pair.

Find out more at the Chattyfeet website

46. House of Notes by Cinqpoints
46. House of Notes by Cinqpoints (image credit: Cinqpoints)

46. House of Notes by Cinqpoints

It’s a house. It contains notes. That’s pretty much it really. And that’s enough to appeal to me.

Well, there is a bit more. These are house-shaped pages sitting in a Bauhaus-inspired sleeve to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school. But you can get plain black ones too. 450 black sheets in each one, so that should keep you going for a while. €15 if you want one for your desk or someone else’s desk next year.

Find out more at the Cinqpoints website

 

47. Brutalist Baubles by Sally Bradforth
47. Brutalist Baubles by Sally Bradforth (image credit: Sally Bradforth)

47. Brutalist Baubles by Sally Bradforth

Last year I mentioned this designer for the modern architecture prints and tea towels by Sally Bradforth. The prints are still available, the tea towels sadly are not. But I have featured tea towels above if you want those.

However, Sally has plenty of other products and as I haven’t featured any previously, I thought I would mention the Brutalist Baubles. Handmade decorations that feature festive illustrations of three London architectural icons – The Barbican Centre, The National Theatre and The Brunswick.

If you want some lovely for your tree, £6.50 gets you a set of these.

Find out more at the Sally Bradforth Etsy website

 

I Love Concrete badge set
I Love Concrete badge set (image credit: Sally Bradforth)

For something even more affordable (in the stocking filler/secret Santa category) from the same maker, you can also get the I Love Concrete badge set above for just £4.

 

48. Architecture Scale print by Cinqpoints
48. Architecture Scale print by Cinqpoints (image credit: Cinqpoints)

48. Architecture Scale print by Cinqpoints

Another piece from this architecture-driven maker and one that looks like something from an optician.

I think that’s the point. If you can read it all, you’ll see it says ‘architecture is everywhere you just have to look at it’, which seems like a very valid point to me, Last year it was available as a framed print for €29 but this year is it being sold unframed for a discounted €12.

Find out more at the Cinqpoints website

 

49. Mini cast concrete models of iconic brutalist architecture by Space Play (image credit: Space Play)
49. Mini cast concrete models of iconic brutalist architecture by Space Play (image credit: Space Play)

49. Mini cast concrete models of iconic brutalist architecture by Space Play

Pretty much self-explanatory. Brutalist architecture in both concrete and miniature.

Since I last featured these previously, the range has grown considerably. Everything from Forton Services (pictured above) through to Birmingham Central Library and much in-between. Even previous sellouts of Preston Bus Station and the Barbican are back. Presumably due to demand, Anyway, have a look, see what you think.

£30 get you one as a very quirky and memorable gift.

Find out more at the Space Play website

 

50. The Modernist magazine subscription
50. The Modernist magazine subscription (image credit: The Modernist)

50. The Modernist magazine subscription

OK, it might not be an instant gift, but The Modernist magazine as a subscription works on three levels.

First off, it is an excellent and fascinating read for anyone with an interest in 20th-century architecture and design. That’s probably you if you’ve managed to get through this article.

The Modernist badge
The Modernist badge (image credit: The Modernist)

Secondly, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. You get this four time a year. Finally, the current situation hasn’t helped financially and they would appreciate all the subscriptions they can get. £32 is the price for a year, but you could save money by becoming a member of the Modernist Society and buying it. And if you want something physical to give in the meantime, you can always get a badge for £7. There are four to choose from.

The Modernist magazine website

Ok, that’s the 50 done but it might be worth mentioning that a great gift for lovers of modern architecture could be a membership for the 20th Century Society. See this page for details of that. Again, they need the support so it’s a gift with long-term benefits for the society and modern architecture in general.

And one last thought…

 

Massimo Vignelli-designed Stendig Calendar
Massimo Vignelli-designed Stendig Calendar (image credit: Trouva)

Just after I completed last year’s list a couple of people mentioned a 1960s classic, the Massimo Vignelli-designed Stendig Calendar.

It’s still a great suggestion as we enter into 2022 and hopefully, it will of far more than the last couple of years. It’s a great thing, the modernist’s choice (and often the architect’s choice too) so worth checking out. In terms of recycling, past months also work as great wrapping paper options too. You can buy them here.

Oh and finally, if you are feeling particularly charitable this festive season, you could support the WowHaus website. I rely on donations to pay the bills for the site and if you Buy Me A Coffee, you’ll be a great help. Of course, there’s no obligation. I just like having you here to listen to me talk about houses.

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