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ADR’s gift guide for architects and designers 2023

ADR’s gift guide for architects and designers 2023


We know many designers and architects like things just so. With this in mind, Australian Design Review has compiled a last minute Christmas gift guide that ranges from unique pieces for the home to enthralling summer reads.

PC Portable Light by HAY

Summer is a gorgeous time for entertaining and HAY’s PC Portable Light, designed by Pierre Charpin, will help anyone move the party from the indoors to outside.

Constructed in robust plastic and featuring a matte scratch- and water-resistant finish, the freestanding lamp’s battery-powered design gives it the flexibility to come with its owner anywhere. The lamps are available in a variety of colours and are ideal for table lighting in domestic environments or at a holiday campsite.

The PC Portable Light is available on the Cult website.

La Danse Jug by Maison Balzac

Inspired by Jean Cocteau and the Ballets Russes of Paris in the early 1900s, Maison Balzac’s La Danse Jug is both a functional and charming tabletop piece.

The jug is made from 100 percent Borosilicate glass with liquid glass strokes applied expertly by hand. It has been cleverly designed to complement Maison Balzac’s La Danse, Chapter IV collection.

Buy one online.

Azuma Makoto coaster set

Currently running at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the NGV’s Triennial 2023 is powerful snapshot of the world today as captured through the work of 100 artists and designers, one of whom is Japanese flower artist and co-founder of JARDINS des FLEURS, Azuma Makoto.

His floral Triennial project – A Chaotic Garden – and Drop time video work explore the mesmerising metamorphosis of flowers from bloom to wilt. The NGV has captured a slice of Makoto’s installation on a coaster set of four, available exclusively through the NGV design store.

gift guide for architects and designers

The Conversion by Amanda Lohrey

Miles Franklin Award-winning author Amanda Lohrey’s new novel centres on a woman’s choice to renovate an old church in a rural Australian town, building on the dream of someone she has lost.

A fascination with spaces and the details inscribed on the central church’s sandstone and stained glass windows threads together this story about grief and new beginnings. It’s a startling and seductive novel about how the homes we inhabit shape us.

Buy the book online or at your local bookstore.

Eat Lao by Sam Sempill

Architects are multi-talented creatives – and Laos-born Melbournian Sam Sempill is living proof. In 2001, while studying architecture, she opened a restaurant in Fitzroy, Melbourne, where she cooked family recipes with her mother and grandmother. 

Sempill has since worked at a range of Melbourne studios, including her own architecture and textile studio in Carlton, and now she is associate director at Technē architecture and interior design. The recipes in her new book Eat Lao return to the uniqueness of the Lao food tradition and incorporate her own illustrations and handwoven textiles.

Find Eat Lao online.

gift guide for architects and designers

A subscription to inside magazine

For a gift that keeps on giving, may we be so bold as to suggest a subscription to inside magazine? 

Twice a year your lucky Kris Kringle will receive a bundle of inspiration on their doorstep that features stunning interior imagery and interviews with leading designers and architects transforming Australia’s built environment.

You can subscribe to inside magazine online.

inside magazine

Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin

For fans of a Christmas cocktail or gin on the rocks, you can’t go wrong with this holiday special from Four Pillars, the International Gin Producer of the Year.

To make this special annual release, Four Pillars distils Christmas puddings and then ages this gin for a year in 100-year-old Muscat barrels. The result is a beverage with aromatics of classic juniper and Christmas spices, backed up with a rich palate and a hint of sweetness from the Muscat.

Grab yours at a Four Pillars stockist.

Four Pillars

If you still need inspiration, have a look at our 2022 gift guide.


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