Updated on December 15th 2019 – Yes, yes, believe it or not, it’s that time of the year again. And as we’re talking about the end of 2016 here, I can safely place my highest bets that you are more than happy to say hi to Santa and bye to this (aham) peculiar year.
Christmas lists mode on: you’ve got your foodies sorted out, your gadget-affictionados, your vintage-cherishers, your kiddies and your fashionistas. But what, what to do with THAT one? What to do with your beloved designer; the one that has an exquisite taste and worst, is a MINIMALIST.
They should actually be banned from Christmas altogether. Somebody bring me the Grinch! 😛
But worry no more! Once again, Elumina comes at your rescue.
Keep in mind that it’s also ok to gift your own self for enduring this year and for always saying no to Comic Sans. Just saying.
“Andreas Kowalewski’s Flow Lamp, manufactured by Normann Copenhagen, is a veritable nod to considered design. The original idea for the lamp arose out of a series of drawings, exploring the possibilities of a multi-directional table lamp that can be delivered flat-packed.” Minimalissimo said it, and we sign under. “Inspiration is taken from nature, in the form of how a tree and its branches, the parts of the disassembled parts of the Table Lamp all organically grow seamlessly into one another.” This will be for that special designer in your life. 😉 Get it here.
STiiCKs work like a clamp, using real wood and strong magnets to frame art. It has four options of wood finishes, comes in 5 different sizes and are also made custom size. Cool and functional. Buy it here.
Cards Against Humanity is a party game in which players complete fill-in-the-blank statements using typically offensive, risqué or politically incorrect words or phrases printed on playing cards. Ohhh we love everything about it, and if you ever played, you’ll for sure agree. I remember playing it in a hostel in Milan and not giving a damn about my pre-game priority Dome visit. Ha! And if your designer already have it (chances are they do), you can top up their collection by getting them the add-to-deck card boxes. Infinite laughs y’all!
Yep, one can actually use a paint brush on a tablet. Sensu Solo Digital Brush‘s advanced hair technology and construction creates a spring and responsiveness that feels like real painting. Cool stuff.
Times like these ask for a little extra care. In style, off course. And doggy style, naturally. You can find it here.
A lap desk designed with Premium Light Bamboo and perfect for anyone with a laptop. It comes in different sizes and with different setups: mousepad, desk space or whiteboard. It’s also possible to choose on wich side will the setup be placed – left or right. Buy it here.
A subtle itinerant reminder that they’re into the all-time-best-loved font. Gift the designer in your life with this t-shirt and they will love you as they love Helvetica. Ok, maybe not. But you know what else it’s cool about it? Spreadshirt let’s you edit and personalize the print on the t-shirt! A design within a design – inception has nothing to it.
Coffee + creativity + repeat infinitely = an awesome gift for a designer. Get it at Firebox.
‘Reelight GO bike lights are made for modern lifestyle on the go using magnets for easy fastening by clicking onto a magnetic base. Once connected the light turns on automatically. When not in use the lights connect magnetically into one compact unit that can be kept in a pocket or bag.’ Plus, they are gorgeous. Get them here for the biker designer.
Again: simplicity. Minimalism. Pure beauty. Originally designed by Simon Freund, they come in a benign packaging and will stay your everyday jewellery companion forever, ageing beautifully and blending into any minimalist outfit you might choose. They come also in silver or gold. Yes, you can get yourself one too.
You know when you can never find your phone to shut that damn little snooze button up? So, the lucky owner of this Tumbler Alarm Clock will simply have to turn the annoying (but beautiful) thing on its head. Yey! The clock is designed at the design mecca (where else?) Copenhagen and it’s made from a powder-coated steel and available in a variety of finishes including white, brass and stainless steel.
Have you heard of clients from hell? If you haven’t, you’re definitely not a designer. But you can have fun too! You’re welcome.
With the Lomography Light Painter Touch, in a few fast clicks you can alternate between various colors or the auto-controlled light beam — perfect for creating cool light painted masterpieces.
Designer Gideon Dagan has developed numerous consumer and commercial products, including hand-held computers and electronic instruments. First designed for MoMA in 1998, this smaller version of the Perpetual Calendar was introduced in 2008 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its original design. Just set the day and month, and it works forevah.
Design shop Junique collaborated with the Swedish publishing house New Heroes & Pioneers to curate a collection of 50 Scandinavian inspired works of art. The perforated pages enable you to remove each print from the coffee table book’s binding with ease. You won’t believe how beautiful this book actually is.
The CAPSURE captures color inspiration from any surface, material or fabric – even small, patterned, multi-colored textures and textiles – and match it quickly and accurately to a PANTONE Color. A futuristic dream of ours.
Let’s admit it: not all of us are morning people. To our luck, the Philips Wake-Up Light imitates a sunrise, so that the light turns on gradually, growing more intense until the entire room is filled with light. Because sensitivity to light differs for each person, it has 10 different light intensities, so you can personalize the settings to your specific needs. Wakey wakey!
The minimalist design of this infographic poster puts the world into perspective by organizing countries by area from largest to smallest. 196 countries are represented as black silhouettes on a clean, white background. They even listed the capital city below each respective country because knowledge is power.
When Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick designed the Herman Miller Aeron Chair, they combined a deep knowledge of human-centered design with never-before-seen technology to create a task chair unlike any other. Now Aeron has been remastered in practically every way to create an office chair that better supports people and the types of work we do today. It’s a Herman Miller, baby. It speaks for itself.
Flexible, foldable, portable, affordable & 100% recyclable. It facilitates a modern workflow, allowing flexibility and aiding collaboration. You can also give the whole package that includes another pair of lower feet, for a sitting position. For the nomad designer.
Sophisticated yet a little different – the triangle clutch is an origami-like arrangement of beautifully folded Italian vegetable tanned leather pieces, holding all your evening essentials: phone, keys, coin purse and lipstick. Handcrafted by Minima.
MUJI, a japonese wonderful minimalist brand, offers a wide variety of good quality products including household goods, apparel and food. Everyone designer is crazy about their stuff. Or maybe, everyone is crazy about their stuff. But come on, you know it already! Quick tip: their stationary are designers must-have.
And as we mentioned stationery, you must be now wondering how is it that a Moleskine hasn’t show up in the list yet. Ta da! But this is not a regular notebook. The Moleskine Smart Notebook is extremely popular among designers because of its Creative Cloud connectivity. But what does ‘smart’ actually mean? While you’re using it and drawing on one of the pages, the Creative Cloud App on your iPhone is immediately transforming the sketch into a JPG/SVG image, and syncing it with Photoshop or illustrator for further alterations. If the price tag is a bit out of your budget, be sure that a classic Moleskine will also make a designer’s day.
This is the desk lamp that helps combat eyestrain caused by extended viewing of a computer monitor. Unlike incandescent bulbs that produce glaring, yellow light, this desk lamp’s fluorescent bulb generates clear light that reduces eyestrain and enables clearer vision, simulating the color fidelity of natural sunlight. The designer’s eyes are their most valuable gift, after all.
Help them say no to “the little help” literally all their friends ask for. Get it here.
A specially designed desk hammock which primarily targets in letting you work comfortably by propping your feet at a level based on your preference. The hammock attaches itself on two sides of your desk using metallic clips whose height can be adjusted as and how you prefer. Hm, comfy.
These super-quality phone lenses featuring Fisheye, Super-Wide and Macro 15x are combined to offer a diverse range of options for capturing what you want, when you want. TheCONNECT™ interchangeable lens system allows a better grip and protection for the lenses, and you can change them super quick.
The 3Doodler Create extrudes heated plastic that cools almost instantly into a solid, stable structure. Imagine the possibilities.
It’s not only the most beautiful toothbrush you’ve ever seen. It’a also electric, an it’s an online subscription service that promises to help you simplify your oral health. If you subscribe (which is optional), you get in your mail refills for toothpaste and new brush heads ever three months. I’m in love.
A typeface memory game. With twenty-five pairs of cards, each presenting a different type family, this is a very stylish and interesting typographic concentration game. The kit includes a typographical glossary with the main terms used in typography as well as a text about the evolution of type design, locating in history each one of the fonts used in the game.
Oh, YOU are the designer? Man, if I were you I would share the crap out of this list. Who knows, it might end up reaching Santa, who knows… 😉
And if you rather pimp your beloved designer’s style, check these ultimate capsule wardrobes – we chose each essential, timeless piece of them that will be guaranteed absolutely loved by a fellow designer. Is the designer in your life a girl or a boy?