The calendar reveals only 34 days left until Christmas Eve. And as always most of us are still clueless about what to get for our loved ones. In order to make it easier for you and to take away a bit of that pressure, we roamed the world wide web for a nice selection of Christmas gifts. This week’s theme is Less Is More – a fine selection of minimalist items, just peferfect for that designer friend of yours. You know, that guy, whose apartment looks as homely as a morgue, who refers to his chair, that looks more like a weird fetish object, than a comfy seat, as his “Wassily” or “Eames”, who constantly complains about clutter and superficial knick-knacks, who is actually a pain in the ass with his constant designer blah blah and his art school attitude, but still is and will always be your best friend. Take a look at our suggestions after the jump.
AIAIAI – TMA-1 Headphones
Boasting a broad network of industrial designers, audio technicians and DJs, Copenhagen based company AIAIAI pride themselves one of the leading manufacturers of premium DJ equipment. The above TMA-1 Headphones, developed in cooperation with 25 renowned DJs, not only feature a sleek matte black design, but also provide an unchallenged listening experience to the working professional and the audiophile alike. You can purchase them directly from the company’s website.
Braun – Analog Watch BN0021
Being one of the most influental industrial designers of the 20th century, Dieter Rams has always been promoting his principle of “less is more”, resulting in timeless high quality products. The Braun Analog Watch BN0021 was designed in cooperation with Dietrich Lubs in the 1970s. This slightly modified re-issue features a black face, black leather band, 3 hand quartz movement and a scratch resistant mineral glass. Get it at Vetted.
Comme des Garcons – Very Black Small Zip Wallet
Made of premium polished black leather, this nifty little wallet by Comme des Garcons features a central storage pouch compartment, a tonal zip closure, as well as an embossed logo on the inside. Get it at Oki-Ni.
Common Projects – Combat Boot
These no-frills leather boots by Common Projects feature tonal top-stitch detailing, leather-reinforced crepe sole, five-eyelet vamp, a side-zip entry, as well as the signature golden serial number stamp on the heel. They are available at Soto.
Disappointments Diary 2013
Keep track of your shitty and miserable life with next year’s Diary of Disappointments – an organizer filled to the brim with bleakness and desperation. Designed by Hat-trick Design and published by Asbury & Asbury, this hardcover book’s most noteworthy features include upbeat quotes, such as “Everything happens for a terrifyingly random reason”, a list of notable deaths and pages to write down the names and numbers of “people who never call”. The first 1000 copies have already sold out, but you can place a pre-order for the second batch, which is will ship on December 4.
10 Principles For Good Design Poster
If you are on a tight budget and can’t afford that Braun wristwatch, maybe this poster made by British design studio Bibliothèque for Vitsoe, featuring Dieter Rams famous “10 Principles For Good Design” will be a nice substitute. Hang it up over your desk as a means of motivation or as a constant reminder of how crappy and insignificant your design work actually is. Either way a great Christmas gift. Get it here.