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ARCHITECT Gift Guide 2021: Ideas for Designers and the Greater Good | Architect Magazine

Ease your holiday shopping stress with this wish list of items and charitable organizations worthy of your attention, as recommended by design community members from 14 firms.

Mikkel Jul Hvilshøj / courtesy Bodum BLÅ "Blue Line" Collection, conceived in 1965 by Grethe Meyer and available at Bodum
Mikkel Jul Hvilshøj / courtesy Bodum BLÅ “Blue Line” Collection, conceived in 1965 by Grethe Meyer and available at Bodum

 

Though we can hardly believe it, the time has come for end-of-year giving to family, friends, colleagues, clients, and good causes. This year, architects and designers representing 14 companies worldwide gave ARCHITECT their recommendations for gift ideas as well as charitable or nonprofit organizations deserving of donations. For even more ideas, check out ARCHITECT’s Gift Guide archive. Pricing and availability are subject to change, particularly with the ongoing challenges in the supply chain.

Recommendations by John Arndt, partner at Studio Gorm and professor of product design at the University of Oregon School of Art + Design, Eugene, Ore.

Mikkel Jul Hvilshøj / courtesy Bodum BLÅ "Blue Line" Collection, conceived in 1965 by Grethe Meyer and available at Bodum
Mikkel Jul Hvilshøj / courtesy Bodum BLÅ “Blue Line” Collection, conceived in 1965 by Grethe Meyer and available at Bodum

Tableware, Grethe Meyer (from $34)
Late architect and designer Grethe Meyer was a force majeure in shaping the Danish aesthetic beyond buildings. “Her tableware is so thoughtfully designed and a joy to use,” Arndt says. “Fortunately, some have been put back into production in recent years.” Meyer prioritized simplicity, functionality, and longevity in her stoneware, faience, stemware, and cutlery, including items she designed for Royal Copenhagen and the currently available 1970s FDB Møbler stoneware collection and the 1965 BLÅ “Blue Line” collection. “Designing for people is what truly counts,” Meyer once said. “I feel it is my obligation. It is also the most profound of human relationships: being able to pass on my love to others through the objects I have designed.” finnishdesignshop.com/grethe_meyer and bodum.com

Give to: Dastkar
Established 40 years ago, Dastkar is both a society for traditional Indian crafts and craftspeople—mostly women in rural India—and an nongovernmental organization that works to support these craftspeople through policy advocacy and providing resources such as skills training, product development, and capacity-building workshops. Dastkar also provides an e-marketing platform for its artisans that features textiles, embroidery, and intricate wall hangings. dastkar.org

Recommendations by H. Ruth Todd, FAIA, president of Page & Turnbull, which has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, Calif.

courtesy Atelier Saucier Carmenita Cocktail Napkin set, Atelier Saucier
courtesy Atelier Saucier Carmenita Cocktail Napkin set, Atelier Saucier

courtesy Atelier Saucier Carmenita Cocktail Napkin set, Atelier Saucier
courtesy Atelier Saucier Carmenita Cocktail Napkin set, Atelier Saucier

Cocktail napkins, Atelier Saucier ($28 to $36 per set of four)
Your last cocktail reception might be but a faint memory, but these cocktail napkins can bring fun and a punch of color to events of any size and purpose while minimizing waste. Made entirely from reclaimed fabric, including burlap, corduroy, and linen, the washable and reusable 5″-square napkins from the Los Angeles–based modern tableware design studio come in an array of colors and patterns and with eye-catching edging. “These are wonderful napkins that vary in material and expression, including retro and holiday styles,” Todd says. “It’s a design-forward gift any time of year.” ateliersaucier.la

Baked Goods, Homeboy Bakery (goodies from $16.95; gift packages from $34.95)
The first social enterprise of Homeboy Industries, the Los Angeles–based gang rehabilitation and re-entry program, Homeboy Bakery trains and employs dozens of individuals both in making its yummy goods and in managing the growing business. It also supplies retail stores and local restaurants and cafés with its products. “Since 1992, they have made fresh, preservative-free breads, cakes, rolls, Danish, muffins, scones, pies, pretzels, cookies, and more!” Ruth enthuses. homeboyfoods.com

Give to: Homeboy Industries
Founded by Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest who served as pastor of what was, in 1986, the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries is the world’s largest re-entry program for former gang members and the recently incarcerated. “It has become a blueprint for more than 250 organizations and social enterprises around the world, from Alabama and Idaho, to Guatemala and Scotland,” Ruth says. “Plus you can buy gifts from their bakery and farmers market!” homeboyindustries.org

Recommendations by Joshua Zinder, AIA, founder and managing partner at Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design and 2021 president of AIA New Jersey, Princeton, N.J.

courtesy Designers & Books The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn: Facsimile Edition (right) and Reader's Guide (2022)
courtesy Designers & Books The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn: Facsimile Edition (right) and Reader’s Guide (2022)

courtesy Designers & Books Delphi from Marmaria, Greece, sketch in crayon by Louis Kahn (1951)
courtesy Designers & Books Delphi from Marmaria, Greece, sketch in crayon by Louis Kahn (1951)

The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn and Reader’s Guide, Designers & Books ($110, available for pre-order; expected delivery by February 2022 due to supply-chain issues)
Made possible by a 2021 Kickstarter campaign by Brooklyn, N.Y.–based Designers & Books in honor of the 20th-century architect’s 120th birthday, this set includes a hardcover reprint of the 1964 facsimile featuring Kahn’s own images and words (Kahn loved this book, according to his son). “To have a window into a master’s process is illuminating,” Zinder says. “I closely identify with Kahn, whose view of the world and the craft was simultaneously monumental and humanistic.” Included as a companion is a new 120-page softcover Reader’s Guide, filled with previously unpublished photos and essays, including one by architect and graphic designer Richard Saul Wurman, who edited the original edition. yalebooks.yale.edu

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