Check Out Acclaimed Architect Jim Cutler’s Design Must-Haves

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In the upcoming issue of the magazine, Bainbridge Island architect Jim Cutler tells us about the Japanese pencils he absolutely needs to do his job. Here, he shares a few more design items that he touches every day.

Cover photo by Jeremy Bittermann

Beckmann of Norway Leather Backpack, Natural
Beckmann of Norway Leather Backpack, Natural
This is the follow-up from the extremely popular Beckmann backpack from the 70s and 80s! Both the shape and the grid are original, but this is a bit smaller (26 liters). The backpack is made of genuine cow leather and just get’s finer and finer the more you use it. Padded pocket for PC/Mac inside.

Cutler has relied on the same sturdy Norwegian leather rucksack for 45 years. This backpack by Beckmann isn’t the exact version he uses, but it is based on a design that was popular in the 1970s.

Zeiss Conquest HD Binoculars
Zeiss Conquest HD Binoculars
A whole new class of premium optics provides a premium experience of the world of nature. Watching birds, insects, or wildlife you will appreciate the vivid natural colors and the comfortable feel in your hands and in front of your eyes.

At home, Cutler keeps a pair of Zeiss binoculars in his office for birdwatching. The Conquerer model has a new HD lens system. 

Apple iPad
Apple iPad
The new 9.7-inch iPad delivers the revolutionary iPad experience at an even more affordable price. The vivid Retina display offers an immersive viewing experience. The A9 chip provides amazing performance, yet it still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.

Although the architect prefers to draw with pencil and paper, he says an iPad and a stylus are almost as good. 

Apple Magic Trackpad 2
Apple Magic Trackpad 2
Redesigned and rechargeable, Magic Trackpad 2 includes a built-in battery and brings Force Touch to the desktop for the first time.

Cutler also has an affinity for his Apple trackpad. 

Vola HV1
Vola HV1
One-handle mixer with ceramic disc technology, fixed spout with water saving aerator. Designed by Arne Jacobsen.

The sinks at Cutler's home are outfitted with Arne Jacobsen’s classic line of taps. 

Georg Jensen Arne Jacobsen 5-Piece Cutlery Set
Georg Jensen Arne Jacobsen 5-Piece Cutlery Set
This classic minimalist cutlery set was created in 1957 by Arne Jacobsen, one of the century's leading Scandinavian architects and designers. Featuring simple lines and fine craftsmanship, each piece fits naturally in the hand, inviting its user to enjoy freedom and ease in movement.

Jacobsen’s minimalist cutlery set for Georg Jensen is the architect’s favorite.