Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Mini Modernist

Jump start a child's design education with a savvy gift—from a smart game to a playful lamp—this holiday season.
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We'll be curating guides to suit all your gifting needs from now until the holidays; check back for more selections from our editors over the next month!

Rem & Norman & Renzo & Jean tee by Tiny Modernism, $25 at

This tiny tee celebrating famed architects is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser amongst design-loving adults. Other versions include a 'Tadao & Kenzo & Shigeru & Toyo' style, and a 'Zaha & Frank & Daniel & Thom' one.

And for now, peruse selections for the Art AficionadoStudent, and Chef.

OmieBox, pre-order for $49.50 at (ships December 2014)

This nifty lunchbox features flexible compartments—an extra divider allows for additional configurations—plus an insulated bowl unit that keeps a dish hot or cold until lunchtime. (The compartment can also be removed in order to fit a sandwich.) A leafproof gasket keeps everything tightly sealed.

Yorky light by Hlynur Atlason for Artecnica, $71-86 at

This quirky, anthropomorphic light is a playful addition to a kid's room. The silicone lamp can "stand" on a table, or be fixed to a wall.

"Aminal" blocks by Studio Dunn, $125 at

This toy, which doubles as an accessory for a desk or shelf, is made out of excess maple, cherry, and walnut from Studio Dunn's furniture and product projects. Each block features a different animal, and the entire set fits together like a puzzle.

Who Built That? Skyscrapers by Didier Cornille (Princeton Architectural Press), $16.95 at

An illustrated tour of the world's greatest skyscrapers, from Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building to Adrian Smith's Burj Khalifa, this book will give future architects a visual introduction to the field.

Playsam Saab Roadster by Ulf Hanses, $500 at

The receiver of this sleek car by Playsam will be the coolest tot on the block; the wood roadster, finished with a high-gloss lacquer, is inspired by the first Saab ever produced—Sixten Sason’s prototype 92001.

Kidsergo stool by Alan Heller, $75 at

Alan Heller's ergonomic seat, which promotes posture and balance, comes in this kid-friendly size (and four bright hues), making it an ideal perch for reading or watching a movie. (And pick up the adult size for yourself!)

Marshmellow Mountain sculpture by CHIAOZZA, $375 at

Part sculptural wall art, part shelf for tiny odds and ends, this piece by Brooklyn-based firm CHIAOZZA is a graphic addition to a kid's room.

Poster by handz, $20 on

Inspire a love of the design greats at an early age with this cheeky poster featuring an Eames rocking chair.

Bocce set by Fredericks and Mae, $320 at

Featuring hand-painted wooden balls, a jack, and a carrying bag, this elevated bocce set is a keepsake that kids can enjoy well into adulthood. (Check out more modern games we love here.)

We'll be curating guides to suit all your gifting needs from now until the holidays; check back for more selections from our editors over the next month! And for now, peruse selections for the Art Aficionado, Student, and Chef.


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