Brought To You By
Get Our Newsletter
Submit

Sign-up for your monthly fix of design news, reviews and stuff to make you smarter.

Follow Core77
Twitter Facebook RSS

 

giftguide

The Core77 Design Blog

send us your tips get the RSS feed
 
Posted by Bryn Smith  |  19 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

GG2013-Header-880x115.jpgGG2013-Bryn.jpg

The Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide is one of the more popular pieces of content that we put together every year, both for our readers and those of us who have the privilege—and eye—for making the selections. In the interest of capturing the communal spirit of this year's Gift Guide, the contributors will be selecting a few of their favorite picks from their cohorts' lists alongside one of their own.

There's nothing better than gifts that charm long after the wrapping are tossed and day-to-day life resumes (or so I believe). Rarely is the problem finding great gifts; rather, the challenge lies in your ability to thoughtfully select the perfect present that will be cherished and remembered. Sometimes you've got to dig deep, think hard and channel your inner co-worker, grandma or two-year-old nephew. I encourage you to leave it all on the court—or Internet, as it were—and go for gold (bonus points for frankincense and myrrh).

The products I've gathered for this year's guide are at first glance familiar items you might encounter every day—a calendar, some building blocks, a magazine subscription. But on closer inspection you'll find in each a simple twist that transforms the object from mundane to magical. Mirroring my own fascination with detail, material and craft, that extra something goes a long way. And while I can't promise you flawless alignment of gift and giftee, I can guarantee each is a bona fide delight. Good luck.

Bryn Smith, Contributor

GG2013-Bryn-COMP.jpg

Unraveling Calendar - There's something poignant about seeing the entire year piled up on the floor. My Mom loved this gift so much, she asked for it again this year.

AeroPress Coffeemaker - I swear by mine, and it keeps me from spending $4 on an afternoon coffee. $26 from Amazon

EDC Quick Release Brass Key Ring - So simple (and affordable). $4 from Kaufmann Mercantile

The Magic Charger - This is something I would never buy for myself, but I know I would use it nearly every day. Are you reading this, Smith family? $50 from Mobee Technology

See the full 2013 Gift Guide for more ideas →

Posted by Sam Dunne  |  18 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

GG2013-Header-880x115.jpgGG2013-Sam.jpg

The Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide is one of the more popular pieces of content that we put together every year, both for our readers and those of us who have the privilege—and eye—for making the selections.

Here, contributor Sam Dunne elaborates on some of his selections for this year's Gift Guide.

Like moths to a flame, droves of wide-eyed design graduates are coaxed away from the provinces every year, fatally attracted by the bright lights and endless Sharpie marker supply of big city design studios.

Should someone on your (left to the last minute) Christmas gift list be going through this crucial right of passage into urban professionalism, get them welling up with gratitude this festive season with some essential survival tools for the trials and tribulations of working life in the concrete jungle.

For starters, consider getting their photography kit up to scratch with some handy gadgets. The lower budget shopper might try a Slyphone to equip their design grad loved one with espionage grade observational research skills. Those feeling a little more generous could consider one of Sony's revolutionary smartphone-attachable lens, for picture perfect photography without the weight or expense of an SLR.

You can be sure your poor ambitious friend will be doing their fair share of travelling over the coming year. A lot less glamourous than it sounds, your little nomad will need sleep and something to while away many an airborne hour. Gift them the new Ostrich Pillow Light for some handy head comfort or a 100 Questions kit to break the silence when going long haul with colleagues.

The new design YoPros stationery appreciation levels will also no doubt be reaching record levels in a bid to maintain some sanity during late nights in the studio. Give them some unexpected stapling satisfaction with Kokuyo Harinacs stapleless stapler or perhaps a chance to reflect on their Post-It addiction with the Giving Tree.

Sam Dunne, London Correspondent

See the full 2013 Gift Guide for more ideas →

Posted by Michael DiTullo  |  17 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

GG2013-Header-880x115.jpgGG2013-DiTullo.jpg

The Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide is one of the more popular pieces of content that we put together every year, both for our readers and those of us who have the privilege—and eye—for making the selections. In the interest of capturing the communal spirit of this year's Gift Guide, the contributors will be selecting a few of their favorite picks from their cohorts' lists alongside one of their own.

In other words, hint, hint.

Gifts are silly, and designers are even sillier. Most people really want money, but as humans we love to obsess over gifts so we can show how well we know someone. We want to pick that perfect item that so personifies our friend, or hits on that untapped need that even they didn't know they had. Perhaps we just want to show we care. What can be more fulfilling of human needs than that, to make a connection with peer and show you understand?

In selecting my list, I tried to pick a variety of things for all different kinds of designers. For that severe utilitarian type who is a closeted brand freak, the Herman Miller desktop power outlet says "I understand your woes my brother." For that person who can't just get a drink quietly, they have to make an entire production of it flaunting every tool in their 30 step process, the Stelton Sommelier Foil Cutter says "hurry up already, I just can't wait for that next glass of Gewürztraminer." For that designer couple you know who are about to have a designer kid, the LAX minimalist poster says "I care that your child grows up to be an aesthete just like his mama and papa." For the whimsical iconoclast, the BOOM Swimmer says "I know you are going to do something wrong with this, go for it." And for the billionaire designer who has a billionaire designer friend, the Icon Thriftmaster is the must-have of the season.

So no matter what type of designer you have on your gift list, I think I selected something that might be enjoyed. Some of these might even work for non-designer types... if you know any of those.

Michael DiTullo, Contributor & Discussion Board Moderator

GG2013-DiTullo-COMP.jpg

Slyphone - For me researching isn't a phase of work, it is everyday all day. I'm always trying my hardest to covertly snap photos of things in stores, people on trains and around town, and of things I'm not supposed to in museums and art galleries. This thing is going to make my life so much easier. $19 at Minor Asset

The Magic Charger - I have three Magic Mice. One on my desk in the studio, one in my home office, and one I keep in my bag... they designed this thing for me. $50 from Mobee Technology

See the full 2013 Gift Guide for more ideas →

Posted by erika rae  |  16 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

GG2013-Header-880x115.jpgGG2013-Erika.jpg

The Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide is one of the more popular pieces of content that we put together every year, both for our readers and those of us who have the privilege—and eye—for making the selections. In the interest of capturing the communal spirit of this year's Gift Guide, the contributors will be selecting a few of their favorite picks from their cohorts' lists alongside one of their own.

In other words, hint, hint.

Make good on the phrase and gift the raddest stocking stuffers around. Growing up, it was always one of my favorite parts of the holidays. But there are only so many flavors of gum you can pack into a tiny stocking—trust me, I know. Forgo the gift of fresh breath and take it up a notch this year. That doesn't mean you have to spend major bucks. These easy-on-the-eyes gifts pack a punch and are all under $50.

The picks I bring to the table are tiny, design-savvy trinkets that will help anyone through their day whether they're looking to season their dinner, keep their keys together or just keep track of what day it is (we can all relate to that).

When it comes to giving presents, I get pretty picky. Each thing has to have some kind of personal spin or (preferably) have something to do with an absurd inside joke. So this list may not make any possible sense to you as to why I've picked them, but it might give you some insight into my favorite of-the-moment ironies.

Erika Owen, Editorial Assistant

GG2013-Erika-COMP.jpg

Drowning in Debt Salt & Pepper Shakers - As a recent grad myself, I feel the pain that is the repaying my financial aid. This is the perfect gift (by a great up-and-coming designer, for the record) for anyone—slave to financial aid or not. We've all got our debts.

Unraveling Calendar - If there's one thing I hate, it's a nice long thread hanging off of a sweater. Because you know if you pull on it, it's going to pull out that one row of thread that's completely essential to the graphic sweater you're donning. Maybe it's the irony that gets me with this one. $95 from Patrick Frey

Sacrificial Chair - Sometimes it's just too hard to actually put your clothes in the closet. Which is why this ghostly chair/clothes rack rocks so much. $180 from Thing Industries

Clampersand - I'm a sucker for anything grammar-related. And anyone who knows me, knows that any quirky, unexpected punctuation mark accessory is up for grabs come Christmastime. $40 from Hand-Eye Supply

Porthole - Pretty kitchen things are always a solid choice for the host(ess) in your life. This simple infusion tool looks good and definitely gets the job done. And you can put alcohol in it—which is always a plus when it comes to the holidays. $90 from Crucial Detail

See the full 2013 Gift Guide for more ideas →

Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  13 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

GG2013-Header-880x115.jpgGG2013-Rain.jpg

The Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide is one of the more popular pieces of content that we put together every year, both for our readers and those of us who have the privilege—and eye—for making the selections. In the interest of capturing the communal spirit of this year's Gift Guide, the contributors will be selecting a few of their favorite picks from their cohorts' lists alongside one of their own.

In other words, hint, hint.

Most stuff is junk, it just is. So when it comes to buying gifts, do the planet and your giftee a favor and get them something they'll actually use, rather than throw out or toss in a corner.

For this year's Gift Guide, I looked around my place for some of the most useful things I own, with a particular focus on objects that can not be replaced by other objects; meaning, almost everything on this list has a unique function or performs its task in a far better way than you could do it before that object existed.

None of the items on my list are sexy, so if you're looking for wow-factor during the unboxing, you've got the wrong list. But assuming your giftee actually does the things these objects were designed for, they will find themselves using them time and time again, and you'll get the credit for being one of those people that buys useful, kick-ass gifts.

To keep the Core77 Gift Guide going, we staffers were asked by the Core77 brass to pick some items out from other staffers' lists. I take this to mean that after picking these items, we'll then have them purchased for us on the company dime. Right? Boss? ...Hello?

Rain Noe, Senior Editor

GG2013-Hipstomp-1.jpg

From Glen Jackson Taylor's list, I'll pick the Sheffield Kevlar Shears. (Note that Glen has three names, like some kind of famous political assassin, and his gifts are also three-worded. Something is going on there.) Why shears that can cut through Kevlar? Because you never know when friends are going to come knocking on your door at 2am because one of them was shot and they can't go to the cops, and because you took a veterinary course in college you then have to put on a white lab coat and look nervously reluctant while you fish the bullet out with a pair of tweezers and drop it into a silver kidney-shaped bowl with an audible "clink." And you might need the shears to cut through their clothes. Of course if they were wearing Kevlar there'd probably be no bullet for you to remove, so, fine, maybe I didn't think this pick through... $76 at Best Made Co.

From Mason Currey's list, I'll select the 2014 Cat Calendar. I'm a dog guy and I don't like cats, but my dogs like eating paper, and I'm hoping they go for the cat calendar before they hit my copy of the Woodcraft catalogue. $50 from United Bamboo

From Fosta's list, I'll pick the Magnetron Carabiner. Why? You know why. Don't play dumb with me. $30 from Black Diamond

continued...

Posted by Mason Currey  |  12 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

GG2013-Header-880x115.jpgGG2013-Mason.jpg

The Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide is one of the more popular pieces of content that we put together every year, both for our readers and those of us who have the privilege—and eye—for making the selections. In the interest of capturing the communal spirit of this year's Gift Guide, the contributors will be selecting a few of their favorite picks from their cohorts' lists alongside one of their own.


I know , I know—no one really wants to think about work over the holidays. But let's face it: most of us spend most of our time at work, and most of us also work in less-than-ideal environments, be it a windowless cubicle or a mercilessly exposed open-plan office. So anything you can do to improve that situation for a loved one (or for yourself) is certainly worthy of your gift-giving dollar.

Here, I have tried to suggest products that will improve one's workday in four key areas: caffeination, organization, isolation, and decoration. These critera satisfy my own personal vision of an ideal workplace: one with good coffee, a minimum of clutter, a modicum of privacy, and a few pops of colorful and/or quirky ornamentation. These gifts won't necessarily make for better or faster work, but they should at least make for more contented workers.

Mason Currey, Senior Editor

GG2013-Mason-COMP.jpg

Socks by Henrik Vibskov - I usually prefer to dress in solid, neutral colors—so I need socks like these to save me from being a total sartorial bore. $30 from Henrik Vibskov

LAX Minimalist Poster - I recently moved to Los Angeles, and this neon-colored homage to my local airport would make an excellent addition to my new apartment's decor. $159 at Zinc Details

5-Year Diary - I've never managed to keep a diary for more than a few days, but the idea of having five years' worth of notes in one volume—and in such a handsomely designed one -- makes me want to give it another go. $25 at MoMA Store

Zojirushi Tuff Mug - I don't actually have much use for a thermos, but, hey, I really like the way this guy looks. $32 on Amazon

See the full 2013 Gift Guide for more ideas →

Posted by Ray  |  11 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

GG2013-Header-880x115.jpgGG2013-Ray.jpgIllustration by Mike Joos; photo by Emiliano Granado

The Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide is one of the more popular pieces of content that we put together every year, both for our readers and those of us who have the privilege—and eye—for making the selections. In the interest of capturing the communal spirit of this year's Gift Guide, the contributors will be selecting a few of their favorite picks from their cohorts' lists alongside one of their own.

In other words, hint, hint.


I considered several different approaches to my gift guide list this year, but ultimately ended up following my gut and go with a handful of selections that represent facets of my abiding passion (outside of writing about design, of course). It's probably obvious that at least one member of Core77's editorial team is a cycling enthusiast / dedicated bike-commuter / sometime evangelist—after all, bicycles hit a sweet spot between form and phenomenon, between function and fun.

And while I deliberately chose gift ideas for discerning folks whose idea of a canvas is a pair of triangles on wheels, I'm broadly interested in objects that are functional, durable and lend themselves to mobility. It so happens that I recently moved to a new apartment—my first time living without roommates—so planning this year's gift guide coincided with a period of 'needing new things' (I actually ended up selling a bike so I could afford some new furniture). It initially felt unnaturally materialistic to me, but I came to realize that it's worth acquiring worldly possessions if 1.) you use them regularly, if not daily, and 2.) you won't have to buy that thing ever again.

Ray Hu, Managing Editor

GG2013-RH-COMP.jpgA preponderance of cylindrical objects...

Outlier Grid Linen Towel - About as practical as it gets, really. Not only does the grid weave provide structure and surface area but the subtle geometric pattern adds a bit of subtle Modernist flair as well. $28–120 from Outlier

AeroPress - A veritable secret to success, as far as I'm concerned. I imagine Da Vinci secretly invented an early version of this—since lost to time—and thanks to the AeroPress, everyone now has easy access to the life-affirming elixir we call coffee. $26 on Amazon

Rapha × Raeburn Wind Jacket - An easy one, perhaps, but hey, "high-viz" is meant to stand out. All black is normally the order of the day for me, but when you're plastered in spandex anyway, you might as well go all out. $450 from Rapha

Zojirushi Tuff Mug - Another one that I own and use regularly—usually not for my own Aeropressed ambrosia but on those occasions when I get it at my local coffeeshop. Lightweight and works like a charm. $32 on Amazon

Sony QX10 / QX100 - It might seem a little absurd at first glance and I imagine it's not quite as seamless as it could be, but I much prefer this version of the future to awkward tablet photography, amirite? $250 / $500 from Sony

See the full 2013 Gift Guide for more ideas →

Posted by core jr  |  26 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)

ElevenxSeven-grid.jpgElevenxSeven-banner.jpg

It's that time again: As November draws to a close, the coming weeks invite a flood of countless clichés, hackneyed phrases and perfunctory platitudes (first four words included) to express all variety of holiday cheer, stress and the other bipolar sentiments of the season. It's not all fluff, though, and in the interest of offering a break from the Black Friday bombardment, we're pleased to present our annual Ultimate Gift Guide, featuring 77 selections from our editors and contributors, old and new.

In contrast to last year’s Ultimate Gift Guide, in which we neatly identified the “Seven Designer Phenotypes,” we’re taking a more introspective approach this time around, featuring selections from 11 members of our esteemed editorial team. From longtime contributors to a few fresh faces, we’re collectively forging ahead with our mission to bringing you the very best of industrial design and beyond, and the Gift Guide is no exception.

More than ever before, the Gift Guide represents a portrait of where Core77 stands today, as much a snapshot of the latest and greatest goodies, gadgets and all variety of beautiful object for the home, office and world around us as a look at the multi-faceted individuals who comprise our diverse editorial team. Yet we are united in our appreciation of quality, attention to detail, and unwillingness to settle for any less than the best.

These items—seven selections from each of 11 Core-tributors—are not your average, disposable products du jour: Each one is an investment in an object that you or your loved ones will be happy not only to receive but actually use.

Check out "Eleven × Seven,' our Ultimate Gift Guide for 2013→

Posted by core jr  |  20 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)

MarshallHanwell.jpg

As of this afternoon, we're pleased to announce that we have the Marshall Hanwell Speaker here in NYC, just in time to rock around the Christmas tree (or the nondenominational decorative object of your choice). On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the renowned amplifier company is making its signature sound available to music lovers in addition to musicians themselves: the speaker features a standard 1/8” stereo input and cable, which can plug directly in to just about any consumer audio device on the market. The result of a collaboration between Marshall Headphones and Zound Industries, the Hanwell is the first home audio product to earn the Marshall script logo and continue the late Jim Marshall's legacy of loud.

Features include:
- Wooden cabinet with vinyl skin
- Brushed brass control panel
- 100W Class-D amplifier
- Dual 6-inch long-throw woofers and bass porting
- Two ferrofluid-cooled hi-fi tweeters to take care of the higher frequencies

MarshallHanwell-logoDetail.jpg

MarshallHanwell-CTRLPanel.jpg

Stop by Soho this weekend to hear it (and buy it) in person!

Core77 Pop-Up Shop
Blu Dot
140 Wooster Street (between Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10012
Open from 11AM – 7PM on Mon. – Sat. & 12PM – 6PM on Sundays through December 31

MarshallHanwell-sideDetail.jpg

Posted by core jr  |  20 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)

Core77SevenDesignerPhenotypes-7_OfftheGrid.jpg

Off the Grid

Habitat: Undisclosed. But you would be uncomfortable there

Plumage: All-weather, lightweight, durable & shockingly expensive

Attributes: Secret Stash of Granola, Digital Compass, Dedicated GPS device. Spends a surprising amount of time managing his facial hair.

Description: Whether trekking through the jungles of the Amazon or camping in the great outdoors (or the backyard), our Off the Grid designer is deeply interested in biomimicry and takes inspiration from nature very seriously. Tools that pack light and can withstand extreme conditions are absolute essentials for this intrepid explorer.

* * *

Core77DesignerGiftGuide.jpg

For our eighth annual Ultimate Gift Guide, Core77's crack editors have identified a taxonomy of seven known 'Designer Phenotypes' who might be on your shopping list. From Designer Dandy to Studio Snob, Homebound Hobbit to Workshop Workhorse, we have something for the discerning gift giver and recipient alike.

In addition to our beloved online Gift Guide, we're also pleased to announce that we've partnered with Blu Dot in New York City and our sister store Hand-Eye Supply in Portland, OR, to open bicoastal Holiday Pop-Up Shops for your shopping convenience. Stop by before December 24th to check out the product in person and pick up a poster featuring all seven designer phenotypes, illustrated by Core-toonist Tony Ruth, a.k.a. lunchbreath (while supplies last).

Posted by core jr  |  19 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)

Core77HolidayPopUp-ExtendedtoDecember31st.jpg

With Christmas just a week away, we'd like to remind our friends in NYC that our store will be open for last-minute shopping this weekend, and next week as well: we've extended our run at Blu Dot Soho until Monday, December 31, for those of you who might have some holiday windfall (or if you had your eye on something that didn't turn up under the tree this year).

Core77 Pop-Up Shop
Blu Dot
140 Wooster Street (between Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10012
Open from 11AM – 7PM on Mon. – Sat. & 12PM – 6PM on Sundays through December 31

Pro Tip: Place your order at Calexico Cart on Wooster and Prince, walk 50 meters up the street to Blu Dot, get some shopping done and your lunch will be ready when you get back!

The products will be available online and at our Portland, OR outpost, Hand-Eye Supply, as well.

And now, a video from the opening party, courtesy of our friends at AIAIAI:

* * *

Core77DesignerGiftGuide.jpg

For our eighth annual Ultimate Gift Guide, Core77's crack editors have identified a taxonomy of seven known 'Designer Phenotypes' who might be on your shopping list. From Designer Dandy to Studio Snob, Homebound Hobbit to Workshop Workhorse, we have something for the discerning gift giver and recipient alike.

In addition to our beloved online Gift Guide, we're also pleased to announce that we've partnered with Blu Dot in New York City and our sister store Hand-Eye Supply in Portland, OR, to open bicoastal Holiday Pop-Up Shops for your shopping convenience. Stop by before December 24th to check out the product in person and pick up a poster featuring all seven designer phenotypes, illustrated by Core-toonist Tony Ruth, a.k.a. lunchbreath (while supplies last).

Posted by core jr  |  18 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)

Core77SevenDesignerPhenotypes-6_HomeboundHobbit.jpg

Homebound Hobbit

Habitat: Hand-Tufted Couch

Plumage: Slippers, Wool Sweater, Cashmere Throw

Attributes: Doesn't smoke but owns a smoking jacket; uses the word "tablescape"; always turns off the overhead lights.

Description: Our Homebound Hobbit is most comfortable nestled in her vintage Saarinen Womb. Curating a selection of tabletop objects that are both beautiful and functional is her heart's delight. In her home—or should we say Hobbit-hole—everything has a proper place and a perfect arrangement, whether it's lighting, toys or containers.

* * *

Core77DesignerGiftGuide.jpg

For our eighth annual Ultimate Gift Guide, Core77's crack editors have identified a taxonomy of seven known 'Designer Phenotypes' who might be on your shopping list. From Designer Dandy to Studio Snob, Homebound Hobbit to Workshop Workhorse, we have something for the discerning gift giver and recipient alike.

In addition to our beloved online Gift Guide, we're also pleased to announce that we've partnered with Blu Dot in New York City and our sister store Hand-Eye Supply in Portland, OR, to open bicoastal Holiday Pop-Up Shops for your shopping convenience. Stop by before December 24th to check out the product in person and pick up a poster featuring all seven designer phenotypes, illustrated by Core-toonist Tony Ruth, a.k.a. lunchbreath (while supplies last).

Posted by core jr  |  14 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)

Core77SevenDesignerPhenotypes-5_StudioSnob.jpg

Studio Snob

Habitat: Either his studio/loft or at his loft/studio

Plumage: Elvis Costello Glasses, Pantone 11C Cardigan

Attributes: Fortifies desk with a blockade of obscure high end sketching, storage and organization tools.

Description: The Studio Snob takes the suggestion that a designer's desktop says a lot about them, aiming to put the "fun" in functional with enviable implements for sketching, storing and organizing. For someone who spends more time at the studio than at home, the Studio Snob gets things done—in style!

* * *

Core77DesignerGiftGuide.jpg

For our eighth annual Ultimate Gift Guide, Core77's crack editors have identified a taxonomy of seven known 'Designer Phenotypes' who might be on your shopping list. From Designer Dandy to Studio Snob, Homebound Hobbit to Workshop Workhorse, we have something for the discerning gift giver and recipient alike.

In addition to our beloved online Gift Guide, we're also pleased to announce that we've partnered with Blu Dot in New York City and our sister store Hand-Eye Supply in Portland, OR, to open bicoastal Holiday Pop-Up Shops for your shopping convenience. Stop by before December 24th to check out the product in person and pick up a poster featuring all seven designer phenotypes, illustrated by Core-toonist Tony Ruth, a.k.a. lunchbreath (while supplies last).

Posted by core jr  |  12 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)

Core77SevenDesignerPhenotypes-4_TravelingWoman.jpg

Traveling Wo/man

Habitat: Airports, Train Stations, Fine Sidewalks Everywhere

Plumage: Multi-functional & Hyper-Efficient

Attributes: First String Travel Bag, Backup Travel Bag, Bags within Bags and the Perfect Sunglasses.

Description: At home or on-the-go, the Traveling (Wo)Man is hard to pin down. Her most reliable companion is her trusty travel bag, designed down to the last detail—a secure place for each essential gadget and gizmo to help along the road. This designer can find new uses for even the most efficient and multi-functional products.

* * *

Core77DesignerGiftGuide.jpg

For our eighth annual Ultimate Gift Guide, Core77's crack editors have identified a taxonomy of seven known 'Designer Phenotypes' who might be on your shopping list. From Designer Dandy to Studio Snob, Homebound Hobbit to Workshop Workhorse, we have something for the discerning gift giver and recipient alike.

In addition to our beloved online Gift Guide, we're also pleased to announce that we've partnered with Blu Dot in New York City and our sister store Hand-Eye Supply in Portland, OR, to open bicoastal Holiday Pop-Up Shops for your shopping convenience. Stop by before December 24th to check out the product in person and pick up a poster featuring all seven designer phenotypes, illustrated by Core-toonist Tony Ruth, a.k.a. lunchbreath (while supplies last).

Posted by core jr  |  10 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)

Core77SevenDesignerPhenotypes-3_DesignerDandy.jpg

Designer Dandy

Habitat: Modish Metropolises, Swanky Vacation Destinations

Plumage: Carefully Considered Accessories, Pressed Pocket Square

Attributes: Impeccable Taste & Aesthetic Perfection. Has filed a restraining order against The Sartorialist.

Description: As architectural dandy Mies van der Rohe famously stated, "God is in the details," and no one takes this more seriously than our Designer Dandy. Whether at the studio or out on the town, the Dandy posesses impeccable taste and a high-minded aesthetic. Considered accessories and timeless design go a long way with this hard-to-please customer.

* * *

Core77DesignerGiftGuide.jpg

For our eighth annual Ultimate Gift Guide, Core77's crack editors have identified a taxonomy of seven known 'Designer Phenotypes' who might be on your shopping list. From Designer Dandy to Studio Snob, Homebound Hobbit to Workshop Workhorse, we have something for the discerning gift giver and recipient alike.

In addition to our beloved online Gift Guide, we're also pleased to announce that we've partnered with Blu Dot in New York City and our sister store Hand-Eye Supply in Portland, OR, to open bicoastal Holiday Pop-Up Shops for your shopping convenience. Stop by before December 24th to check out the product in person and pick up a poster featuring all seven designer phenotypes, illustrated by Core-toonist Tony Ruth, a.k.a. lunchbreath (while supplies last).

Posted by core jr  |   6 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)

Core77SevenDesignerPhenotypes-2_KingoftheKitchen.jpg

King of the Kitchen

Habitat: Kitchen/Laboratory

Plumage: Close-toed shoes, Non-Ironic Apron, Toque Optional

Attributes: Ceramic Knives, Dutch Ovens in Multiple Sizes, Fancy Doo-Dads, an iPad full of Molecular Gastronomy Recipes.

Description: Catering to a different kind of consumer, the King of the Kitchen provides nourishment for the mind, body and soul. This designer extends his craft to the hearth, where prototyping is encouraged, and the right use of materials and strong presentation are the keys to success. After all, everything tastes better when it's served with a side of design.

* * *

Core77DesignerGiftGuide.jpg

For our eighth annual Ultimate Gift Guide, Core77's crack editors have identified a taxonomy of seven known 'Designer Phenotypes' who might be on your shopping list. From Designer Dandy to Studio Snob, Homebound Hobbit to Workshop Workhorse, we have something for the discerning gift giver and recipient alike.

In addition to our beloved online Gift Guide, we're also pleased to announce that we've partnered with Blu Dot in New York City and our sister store Hand-Eye Supply in Portland, OR, to open bicoastal Holiday Pop-Up Shops for your shopping convenience. Stop by before December 24th to check out the product in person and pick up a poster featuring all seven designer phenotypes, illustrated by Core-toonist Tony Ruth, a.k.a. lunchbreath (while supplies last).

Posted by core jr  |   4 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)

Core77SevenDesignerPhenotypes-1_WorkshopWorkhorse.jpg

Workshop Workhorse

Habitat: Garages, Basements, Workshops

Plumage: Goggles, Gloves, Steel-toed Boots

Attributes: Sawdust Residue, Grease Smudges, Powerful Forearms

Description: Most comfortable in safety goggles and a shop apron, the Workshop Workhorse lives for the singe of soldered metals and the redolent crunch of wood shavings underfoot. From doodads to high design, there's no telling what might emerge from her workshop's depths. Find the perfect tool to lend a hand in her next project.

* * *

Core77DesignerGiftGuide.jpg

For our eighth annual Ultimate Gift Guide, Core77's crack editors have identified a taxonomy of seven known 'Designer Phenotypes' who might be on your shopping list. From Designer Dandy to Studio Snob, Homebound Hobbit to Workshop Workhorse, we have something for the discerning gift giver and recipient alike.

In addition to our beloved online Gift Guide, we're also pleased to announce that we've partnered with Blu Dot in New York City and our sister store Hand-Eye Supply in Portland, OR, to open bicoastal Holiday Pop-Up Shops for your shopping convenience. Stop by before December 24th to check out the product in person and pick up a poster featuring all seven designer phenotypes, illustrated by Core-toonist Tony Ruth, a.k.a. lunchbreath (while supplies last).

Posted by core jr  |  26 Nov 2012  |  Comments (0)

Ultimate Gift Guide 2012

It's that time again! For the eighth year in a row, we're excited to launch our Ultimate Gift Guide for the designers in your life, including selections from KiBiSi, Snarkitecture, Fort Standard, Christopher Gentner, House Industries and many more, available now at bi-coastal pop-up stores in NYC and PDX and online as well. This time around, our editorial experts have identified a taxonomy of seven known 'Designer Phenotypes' who might be on your shopping list. From Designer Dandy to Studio Snob, Homebound Hobbit to Workshop Workhorse, we have something for the discerning gift giver and receiver alike.

In addition to our beloved online Gift Guide, we're also pleased to announce that we've partnered with Blu Dot in New York City and our sister store Hand-Eye Supply in Portland, OR, to open bicoastal Holiday Pop-Up Shops for your shopping convenience. Stop by before December 24th to check out the product in person and pick up a handy poster guide to identify the designer phenotypes in the field, featuring the beautiful illustrations of Core-toonist Tony Ruth, a.k.a. lunchbreath (while supplies last).

C77UGG2012SS-468x702.jpg

Stumped on what to get your design-o-phile friends this holiday season? Need a quick wish list to share with family? With our integrated online storefront, you'll easily find the perfect gift for your friends, your family and yourself!

New Yorkers are invited to celebrate the holiday season at the opening reception this Thursday, November 29, from 6–8pm at Blu Dot Soho. RSVP@core77.com

Core77-Holiday-PopUp.jpg

Core77 Pop-Up Shop
Blu Dot
140 Wooster Street (between Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10012
Open from 11AM – 7PM on Mon. – Sat. & 12PM – 6PM on Sundays through December 24 31

Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Open from 11AM – 6PM daily

Posted by core jr  |  23 Dec 2011  |  Comments (0)

Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide
2011 has been a hard year. Global Revolution! Natural disasters! Bankruptcy! What's next? We're not hedging bets for 2012 just yet, but in case things don't turn out the way you'd expected, we've got you covered. Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide has everything you need to get through these hard times and survive through the... end times?

Today's pick is from Allan Chochinov: Allan Chochinov is the editor in chief of Core77 and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

gg-cristalino.jpg

Even in hard times there's so much to celebrate! Break out the bubbly (without the guilt) with this Cristalino. According to Allan, "this under-ten-dollar fake champagne rivals almost any genuine article in the $60-$80 range, including you're famed Veuve Clicquot." You will need to toast to 2012 at the start of it, and then again on the last day of it (read, Armageddon), so stock up with a dozen of these and enjoy this final year right to the last drop.

See the full gift guide HERE.

A special Thank You to this year's Gift Guide sponsor: Felt & Wire Shop offering a selection of curated paper goods direct from designers.

Posted by core jr  |  22 Dec 2011  |  Comments (0)

Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide
2011 has been a hard year. Global Revolution! Natural disasters! Bankruptcy! What's next? We're not hedging bets for 2012 just yet, but in case things don't turn out the way you'd expected, we've got you covered. Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide has everything you need to get through these hard times and survive through the... end times?

Today's pick is from Matt Wolfe: Matt Wolfe fell in love with the internet at the tender age of 11 and is now an Interaction Designer at Teague.

gg-bungee.jpeg

Secure all your worldly possessions on the front of your bicycle with this flexible, durable, bungee net. Measuring a hefty 14”×15” unstretched, how could this not be useful? Whether you're securing your survival kit or balancing the weekly CSA share, no bike should be without this nifty net. Doubles as a cat hammock when not in use.

See the full gift guide HERE.

A special Thank You to this year's Gift Guide sponsor: Felt & Wire Shop offering a selection of curated paper goods direct from designers.

Posted by core jr  |  21 Dec 2011  |  Comments (0)

Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide
2011 has been a hard year. Global Revolution! Natural disasters! Bankruptcy! What's next? We're not hedging bets for 2012 just yet, but in case things don't turn out the way you'd expected, we've got you covered. Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide has everything you need to get through these hard times and survive through the... end times?

Today's pick is from Dave Seliger, one of Core77's esteemed cloggers who is currently completing his degree in Engineering and Studio Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

GG_Winter-RS4-1.jpg

It's hard to balance speedy access to your camera and letting it hang in a comfortable position, but the Black Rapid Camera Strap lets you accomplish both. You'll be a camera-toting gunslinger on the wildest streets the world has to offer in no time.

GG_Winter-RS4-2.jpg

See the full gift guide HERE.

A special Thank You to this year's Gift Guide sponsor: Felt & Wire Shop offering a selection of curated paper goods direct from designers.

Posted by core jr  |  20 Dec 2011  |  Comments (0)

Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide
2011 has been a hard year. Global Revolution! Natural disasters! Bankruptcy! What's next? We're not hedging bets for 2012 just yet, but in case things don't turn out the way you'd expected, we've got you covered. Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide has everything you need to get through these hard times and survive through the... end times?

Today's pick is from Jennifer Leonard: Jennifer Leonard is an interdisciplinary Design Leader at IDEO, and the co-author of Massive Change (with Bruce Mau), a book about the future of global design.

gg-holstee.jpeg

This is your life. Do what you love. And do it often.When times are tough, sometimes you might miss the writing on the wall...even if it is beautifully laid out with an eye-catching font. The folks behind socially responsible lifestyle brand Holstee turned their company manifesto into an inspirational print. Keeping in line with their eco-conscious business practices, the poster is printed on a mid-20th century Heidelberg letterpress using 100% recycled- post consumer paper made with hydro-electric power and elephant dung!

See the full gift guide HERE.

A special Thank You to this year's Gift Guide sponsor: Felt & Wire Shop offering a selection of curated paper goods direct from designers.

Posted by core jr  |  19 Dec 2011  |  Comments (2)

Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide
2011 has been a hard year. Global Revolution! Natural disasters! Bankruptcy! What's next? We're not hedging bets for 2012 just yet, but in case things don't turn out the way you'd expected, we've got you covered. Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide has everything you need to get through these hard times and survive through the... end times?

Today's pick is from John Watson, the man behind the viking helmet of Prolly Is Not Probably, the number one blog for track bikes, fixed gears, grassroots cycling observations and commentary.

GG_Winter-Aeropress.jpg

Coffee has never been easier or tastier. Don't waste your time with drip or your money on an espresso machine. The Aerobie AeroPress is the best option for a single cup of espresso. Who knew that the high performance sport toy company also does caffeine?

See the full gift guide HERE.

A special Thank You to this year's Gift Guide sponsor: Felt & Wire Shop offering a selection of curated paper goods direct from designers.

Posted by core jr  |  16 Dec 2011  |  Comments (0)

Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide
2011 has been a hard year. Global Revolution! Natural disasters! Bankruptcy! What's next? We're not hedging bets for 2012 just yet, but in case things don't turn out the way you'd expected, we've got you covered. Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide has everything you need to get through these hard times and survive through the... end times?

Today's pick is from the Core77 Editors.

GG_Winter-Walnut1.jpg

Walnut Studio's handsome leather six-pack carrier is a worthy tote for those last six microbrews you've been aging in your cellar when the apocalypse comes... until then, transport bottles from your local market or brewery (or bodega, if you're in New York City) in style with the weatherproof, reusable carton.

But wait, there's more: use it with Walnut's Bicycle Frame Cinch for an elegant two-wheeled beer delivery system... nice!

GG_Winter-Walnut2.jpgMay or may not work as advertised...

See the full gift guide HERE.

A special Thank You to this year's Gift Guide sponsor: Felt & Wire Shop offering a selection of curated paper goods direct from designers.

Posted by core jr  |  15 Dec 2011  |  Comments (0)

Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide
2011 has been a hard year. Global Revolution! Natural disasters! Bankruptcy! What's next? We're not hedging bets for 2012 just yet, but in case things don't turn out the way you'd expected, we've got you covered. Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide has everything you need to get through these hard times and survive through the... end times?

Today's pick is from David Auerbach of Dijital Fix, a design & electronics store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and San Francisco.

GG_Winter-EcoSphere.jpg

The EcoSphere is a self-contained ecosystem enclosed in a microcosmic terrarium. While it's certainly a soothing or otherwise diverting desktop decoration, it also might serve to jumpstart life on earth, should it be necessary in the aftermath of apocalypse.

Each one contains "active micro-organisms, small shrimp, algae and bacteria, each existing in filtered sea water," and it's available in a spherical globe shape or an elongated ovoid

See the full gift guide HERE.

A special Thank You to this year's Gift Guide sponsor: Felt & Wire Shop offering a selection of curated paper goods direct from designers.

Posted by core jr  |  14 Dec 2011  |  Comments (0)

Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide
2011 has been a hard year. Global Revolution! Natural disasters! Bankruptcy! What's next? We're not hedging bets for 2012 just yet, but in case things don't turn out the way you'd expected, we've got you covered. Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide has everything you need to get through these hard times and survive through the... end times?

Today's pick is from Hand-Eye Supply: One part vocational haberdashery, one part supply store and one part gallery, Hand-Eye Supply is Core77's Portland, Oregon retail flagship. The store features hard-to-find workwear, supplies, tools, books and gifts for creative types.

GG_Winter-Stanley1.jpg

Take a nip off this rugged and classic flask from Stanley and dull a bit of the edge off this hump day—not to mention the stress of living in a post-apocalyptic nightmare. The stainless steel flask is built tough, so it'll probably last longer than you, but don't think about that now. Everyone has to relax sometime--even in the end times.

GG_Winter-Stanley2.jpg

See the full gift guide HERE.

A special Thank You to this year's Gift Guide sponsor: Felt & Wire Shop offering a selection of curated paper goods direct from designers.