It’s that time of year again, but don’t stress: To take the edge off present shopping, ARCHITECT has curated a selection of gift ideas for designers—budding and professional alike. We begin our list of 20 design-minded ideas with four ethically responsible and carbon-conscious suggestions.
Ukiyo-e Prints, Various ($300 for this print)
Consider antiques, including woodblock prints by Frank Lloyd Wright’s favorite artist, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), because they don’t add carbon to the atmosphere. Wright spent nearly a half-million dollars on ukiyo-e woodblock prints during his time in Japan, and often referred to Hiroshige as the greatest artist in the world. Astonishingly, an original impression from Hiroshige’s series The 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō can be had today for a few hundred dollars (Kusatsu – Travelers stopping at mochi shops shown). artsanddesignsjapan.com
Hadrian Coins (from $7)
If you weren’t the successful bidder for the 1,900-year-old Cobham Hall Hadrian, a full-length, larger-than-life-size marble statue that was up for auction at Christie’s in October, you could always settle for a portrait in miniature. Hundreds of coins minted during the 117–138 reign of the Roman architect-emperor are for sale from online numismatists. A weathered strike in a base metal starts at less than $10. More well-preserved casts in bronze and silver start around $60. vcoins.com