Form Meets Function

17 Perfect Gifts for the Designer

November 14, 2016 Buying Guides By

Vans Scotchguard Slip-On

It’s an understated look for sure, but the thick sole and silhouette of the toe cap are unmistakably Vans (and undeniably iconic). A slip-on construction and Scotchgard-treated leather add a healthy dose of practicality, too.

10 Great Minimalist Watches


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Bellroy Notebook Cover

If the sketchpad is always getting bent out of shape, a good cover is in order. Made from rich vegetable-tanned leather, with spaces for business cars and a pen, Bellroy’s cover is perfect for the job.

Ministry Future Forward Longsleeve Polo

It’s a technical polo that doesn’t look like it’s made for a round of 18. Ministry’s Future Forward polo is made from a stretchable, breathable material, but shaped in a professional silhouette that can toe the line between the workplace and the weekend.

Chisle & Mouse Models

Chisel & Mouse is the brainchild of two brothers, Robert and Gavin Paisley, with a passion for architecture. Utilizing both plaster-cast methods and 3D printing with satellite images, photos and architectural drawings for reference, the two create a selection of highly detailed plaster models of iconic buildings and city skylines. They’ll even do bespoke orders.

Gear Patrol Issue 3

Our latest issue is 320 pages of rich photography, thoughtful writing and, most importantly, gear. But for those with a particular hunger for design, we spent a lot of time talking with designers and makers in Los Angles and Hudson Valley, including furniture designer Michael Robbins and graphic artist Geoff McFetridge.

Tudor Black Bay 36

Many watch designs today aspire to recapture the essence of vintage pieces from decades ago, but with modern watch sizes dwarfing those of old, many attempts fall flat. Tudor’s move to offer the Black Bay diver in 36mm is a bold move in an era where anything under 40mm is considered “tiny,” and in doing so it’s perhaps one of the truest expressions of vintage watch design.

Luke Irwin Mosaic Collection

Last year, rug maker Luke Irwin discovered the mosaic floor of what used to be a second-century Roman Villa in his garden in Wiltshire, England. Unsurprisingly, Irwin used it as inspiration for his latest line of handmade rug designs, which look the part of an ancient mosaic floor — including the very design found in his garden. Each one is available on a made-to-order basis, and can be constructed with wool, cashmere or silk.

The Best-Designed Kitch Tools of 2016


Update your kitchen with the best 2016 Red Dot Design Award winners from the category of Tableware and Cooking Utensils. Read the Story

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple finally gave its flagship laptop a refresh (the first since 2012), bestowing it with the expected downsizing and minimizing they’ve given the rest of their product line. But for creative professionals, some of the biggest improvements include the option for an Intel Core i7 processor, a Retina Display screen that’s 67 percent brighter than before, and the new “touch bar” which should offer users an interface ideal for making minute adjustments in programs like Adobe Photoshop.

The Splurge

A Rare Version of an Icon

Eames Lounger in Twill

Built by renowned architects and designers Charles and Ray Eames in 1956, the chair is emblematic of mid-century design, has won numerous awards and is on display in art museums like MoMA. One of the two remaining furniture companies that produce the chair, Vitra, has unveiled a new special edition in Twill to celebrate 60 years of the Eames chair — a great opportunity to own a rare version of one of the most iconic pieces of furniture ever created.


Andrew Connor

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