Form Meets Function

17 Perfect Gifts for the Designer

November 14, 2016 Buying Guides By

The designer knows that looks and utility are not mutually exclusive, and that value depends not just on price but quality. The designer knows that devils are in the details, and he knows that a good product makes life easier and more organized. The designer surrounds himself with things that inspire him, be they iconic designs or the latest and greatest innovation. That’s all to say that the designer can be difficult to shop for. Fortunately for you, we’ve done the heavy lifting.

Artifox Desk 02

This beautiful, minimalist walnut desk is perfect for a good-looking, streamlined workspace. It includes a built-in dock to organize your devices’ power chords and can be customized with a variety of mix-and-match accessories to tailor your desk to your specific needs.

Look Inside: Cutaway Illustrations and Visual Storytelling

Look Inside is a collection of illustrations — both from centuries past and modern day — that put on full display the inner workings of everyday objects, from sports cars and aircraft to buildings, plants and the human body. It’s a must for those obsessed with how things work.

Areaware Gradient Puzzle

This puzzle, designed by graphic designer Bryce Wilner, looks simple. But it’s meant to be a very slow and deliberate mediation on color and how shades blend into one another.

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Naim Audio Mu-so Qb

$1,000 for a wireless speaker sounds absurd, until you realize this audio system is built by the vaunted engineers at Naim. The downsized alternative to the “standard” Mu-so, it delivers room-filling hi-fi sound quality in a 8.6 x 8.6 x 8.3 inch package. Best of all, its modernist aluminum construction makes it a Bluetooth speaker that looks as good as it sounds.

Impossible I-1

For fans of the Polaroid 600 format that was killed off in 2008, Impossible has not only revived the film, but created its own 600 format camera as well. And while the snapshots are all pure analog, the Impossible I-1 takes the instant camera into the 21st century by offering smartphone connectivity, allowing users to adjust shutter speed, aperture, flash, focus distance and other parameters via your phone.

Sena Apple Pencil Stand

For designers who have adopted the Apple iPad Pro for drawing and other creative work, the Apple Pencil is a 100 percent necessary tool. That’s why a dedicated holder is 100 percent necessary for keeping the desk uncluttered and your Pencil within arm’s reach.

Nintendo NES Classic Edition

It’s a retro gamer’s dream come true: 30 of the greatest games ever made — including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Donkey Kong — remastered to play on a modern TV. To boot, it has the look and feel of the original.

Aether Polartec Full-Zip

Aether’s Polartec zip-up is a soft, fitted jacket made with an emphasis on functionality. It’s thin enough to work as a layer in the winter months, yet handsome enough to work on its own as a fair-weather jacket. A splash of color on the zipper adds character to the austere minimalism of this coat.


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