We Want to Buy Everything on Architect Frederick Tang’s Go-To Gift List

By Ian Zunt / Published by Dwell
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From an achingly cool fanny pack to an indispensable Sichuan chili sauce, these ideas simply don’t miss.

It’s no surprise that architect Frederick Tang—founder of the eponymous architecture and interior design firm based in Brooklyn and known for creating crisp, elevated spaces—is a man of refined taste. His holiday gift suggestions embody his sensibilities for form, materiality, and functionality. The challenge will be not keeping all of these purchases for ourselves.

Looking for something else? Check out the rest of our holiday gift guides here.

Frederick Tang, director of design and principal architect at Frederick Tang Architecture.

Photo by Gieves Anderson

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