Co-conspirators in both design and office shenanigans, your colleagues deserve some love. Help them keep their files intact and their offices tidy with pieces whose form accentuates their function.
1. Geometric Trivets, Fort Standard
Picked by: Brooks Atwood, founder and principal of Brooks Atwood Design
A hand-stamped leather bottom prevents these stone trivets from scratching table surfaces. "Dear fellow architect," Atwood begins. "These will blow your mind. I know you want to organize the things on your desk, so go do that." $88 (set of two); thefutureperfect.com
2. Messenger No. 1, MOOP
Picked by: Adam Zimmerman, AIA, Zimmerman Workshop
Durable and stylish, the MOOP Messenger No. 1 by the Pittsburgh-based bag designer is made from waxed canvas or brushed cotton canvas and lined with water-resistant cordura fabric. $137–$187; moopshop.com
3. Feather Trolley, Mandarina Duck
Picked by: Emily Putas, AIA, Stantec
"We often are working out of the mobile office–client meetings, jobsite trailers, etc.," Putas says. "It's great to have an efficient carryall that doesn't make you look like an overachieving college student—preferably one that is kind to your back or has wheels." $234; mandarinaduck.com
4. Timberly, Rich Brilliant Willing
Picked by: Colin Brice, cofounder of Mapos
Simply a solid walnut rectangle with eight steel, brass, and aluminum pegs in three sizes, this hall rack speaks to the design purist in every architect. "A quirky, well-designed wall hanger is a great present," Brice says. "Whilst functional, it also doubles as a feature piece for your walls and is a great way to remind your supervisor of your excellent eye for detail." $240; thefutureperfect.com
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