2017 Christmas Gift Guide

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<em>ArchitectureNow</em> Gift Guide 2017: scroll through the images above and follow the links under each for more information on each item.

ArchitectureNow Gift Guide 2017: scroll through the images above and follow the links under each for more information on each item.

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Dress to impress with the timeless, elegant <a href="https://www.patek.com/en/collection/calatrava/5119G-001" target="_blank"><u>Patek Philippe Calatrava watch</u></a>.

Dress to impress with the timeless, elegant Patek Philippe Calatrava watch.

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The innovative <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-nz/surface/devices/surface-studio/overview" target="_blank"><u>Microsoft Surface Studio</u></a> can be used upright or as a drafting table, and is designed specifically for the creative process.

The innovative Microsoft Surface Studio can be used upright or as a drafting table, and is designed specifically for the creative process.

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Even Christmas carols would sound good through the award-winning <a href="https://www.rapalloav.co.nz/elac-air-x-403.html" target="_blank"><u>ELAC Air-X 403 wireless bookshelf speaker</u></a>.

Even Christmas carols would sound good through the award-winning ELAC Air-X 403 wireless bookshelf speaker.

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It may not be exactly new, but Marc Kushner's <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Future-Architecture-100-Buildings-Books/dp/1476784922" target="_blank"><u><em>The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings</em></u></a> is still the #1 best seller in Architectural Criticism books on Amazon. Highly recommended.

It may not be exactly new, but Marc Kushner’s The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings is still the #1 best seller in Architectural Criticism books on Amazon. Highly recommended.

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Tired of fiddling around with tent zippers in the dark? The compact <a href="https://www.petzl.com/US/en/sport/classic-headlamps/tikkina" target="_blank"><u>TIKKINA headlamp</u></a> offers 150-lumen brightness plus a wide beam for proximity lighting.

Tired of fiddling around with tent zippers in the dark? The compact TIKKINA headlamp offers 150-lumen brightness plus a wide beam for proximity lighting.

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Discuss some of Le Corbusier's proportional theories in the bedroom with a <a href="https://www.zazzle.com/golden_ratio_pillow-189514278142954569" target="_blank"><u>golden ratio pillow</u></a>.

Discuss some of Le Corbusier’s proportional theories in the bedroom with a golden ratio pillow.

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The <a href="https://www.bose.co.nz/en_nz/products/headphones/earphones/quietcomfort-20i-acoustic-noise-cancelling-headphones.html" target="_blank"><u>Bose QuietComfort 20 acoustic noise cancelling headphones</u></a> will help you work on that design in peace.

The Bose QuietComfort 20 acoustic noise cancelling headphones will help you work on that design in peace.

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The <a href="https://mavenfishing.com/products/maven-pacific-83-stickbait-rod-pe6-8" target="_blank"><u>Maven Pacific 8'3" stickbait rod</u></a> will probably impress even your non-fishing mates.

The Maven Pacific 8‘3” stickbait rod will probably impress even your non-fishing mates.

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The quickest and easiest way to get a crash course in architecture? Take a <a href="https://www.masterclass.com/classes/frank-gehry-teaches-design-and-architecture" target="_blank"><u>Frank Gehry architecture and design masterclass</u></a> online, at your own pace.

The quickest and easiest way to get a crash course in architecture? Take a Frank Gehry architecture and design masterclass online, at your own pace.

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We all love a getaway. <a href="https://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/hideaways-hardback/26807077" target="_blank"><u><em>Hideaways:
 Where New Zealanders Escape</em></u></a> offers a beautiful range of quintessential Kiwi holiday escapes, from coastal baches to converted silos.

We all love a getaway. Hideaways: Where New Zealanders Escape offers a beautiful range of quintessential Kiwi holiday escapes, from coastal baches to converted silos.

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The classic <a href="https://deadlyponies.com/shop/comet-satchel/navy/" target="_blank"><u>Deadly Ponies Comet satchel</u></a> is stylish and handy for carrying all types of architect tools.

The classic Deadly Ponies Comet satchel is stylish and handy for carrying all types of architect tools.

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<a href="https://www.areaware.com/collections/bestsellers/products/blockitecture-1?variant=48392218884" target="_blank"><u>Blockitecture by James Paulius</u></a> is a set of architectural building blocks that offers a way to build cities, dwellings and towers exactly the way you want, no consents required.

Blockitecture by James Paulius is a set of architectural building blocks that offers a way to build cities, dwellings and towers exactly the way you want, no consents required.

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This <a href="https://choosingkeeping.com/collections/gifts-for-architects-and-designers/products/architects-set" target="_blank"><u>stationery set</u></a> was created with designers in mind, and includes an extra special Bauhaus Yellow Lamy Safari fountain pen, amongst other items.

This stationery set was created with designers in mind, and includes an extra special Bauhaus Yellow Lamy Safari fountain pen, amongst other items.

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Is this the coolest collaboration ever? These <a href="https://www.moooi.com/moooi-x-gentle-monster" target="_blank"><u>Moooi x Gentle Monster sunglasses</u></a> were inspired from ancient hieroglyph drawings, which feature an 'O' symbol connected to the human eye.

Is this the coolest collaboration ever? These Moooi x Gentle Monster sunglasses were inspired from ancient hieroglyph drawings, which feature an ‘O’ symbol connected to the human eye.

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We're loving the <a href="https://urbanautbrewing.co.nz/beerrange/" target="_blank"><u>Urbanaut craft beer</u></a> range, especially as their brewery is just down the road from the office!

We’re loving the Urbanaut craft beer range, especially as their brewery is just down the road from the office!

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Finnish design legend Alvar Aalto is behind this curvaceous clear vase, now available to buy from <a href="https://store.moma.org/home/vases/clear-aalto-vase/v3085.html" target="_blank"><u>the Museum of Modern Art site</u></a>.

Finnish design legend Alvar Aalto is behind this curvaceous clear vase, now available to buy from the Museum of Modern Art site.

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Anything brutalist has been popular in 2017. The <a href="https://www.atelierjonesdesign.com/products/terraced-concrete-bowl-grey" target="_blank"><u>Atelier Jones terraced concrete bowl</u></a> will look great on any design-lover's kitchen table.

Anything brutalist has been popular in 2017. The Atelier Jones terraced concrete bowl will look great on any design-lover’s kitchen table.

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"Medium density" could perhaps be one of 2017's expressions of the year, in Auckland particularly.
 <a href="https://www.penguin.co.nz/books/apartment-living-new-zealand-9780143770510" target="_blank"><u><em>Apartment Living New Zealand</em></u></a> celebrates the diversity of this increasingly popular housing typology.

“Medium density” could perhaps be one of 2017’s expressions of the year, in Auckland particularly. Apartment Living New Zealand celebrates the diversity of this increasingly popular housing typology.

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Well-known for their delicious range of whiskies, Thomson has released <a href="http://www.thomsonwhisky.com/productrange/" target="_blank"><u>Victor gin</u></a>, which mixes flavour tones such as juniper, lemongrass and coriander. Yum.

Well-known for their delicious range of whiskies, Thomson has released Victor gin, which mixes flavour tones such as juniper, lemongrass and coriander. Yum.

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The humble notebook has taken the leap into the digital age. The <a href="https://www.jennibick.com/products/moleskine-smart-notebook-creative-cloud-connected#" target="_blank"><u>Creative Cloud-connected Moleskin smart notebook</u></a> lets you instantly turn sketches into fully workable digital files.

The humble notebook has taken the leap into the digital age. The Creative Cloud-connected Moleskin smart notebook lets you instantly turn sketches into fully workable digital files.

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What a year 2017 has been! From shock political outcomes to extreme weather events, it’s been quite the rollercoaster ride. But the weather is getting warmer, the beach is calling and it’s time to relax and put our feet up for a few weeks. ArchitectureNow has put in some of the hard yards for you and selected some of our favourite architect-worthy gifts for the designer in your life.

Scroll through the slideshow above for twenty gifts that range from design books to some of the funkiest sunglasses we’ve seen. Happy holidays!


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