Gift shopping where the architects shop
Running out of Christmas gift ideas? An art or architectural
supply store might provide help. You don’t have to be a design
professional to find uses for tools of the trade these places stock.
A little browsing will uncover ultramodern pencil holders,
hard-working desk lamps, handmade paper, handsome port-folios, desk-top
organizer shelves, a remarkable assortment of rulers, even an elegant
We’ve singled out just 20 of the many objects that could
appeal to anyone who works at a desk, likes to draw, or dabbles with
crafts. Prices range from $2 to $250.
To locate stores that sell these supplies, look in the yellow pages
under Architectural Supplies or Artists’ Supplies. Some of these
stores also carry the tree stamps needed for making gift tags like those
shown on page 136.
Photo: For desk or studio, scribbles or calligraphy: A. Handmade
paper (10 sheets), $15. B. Yellow tracing paper, $5. C. Portfolio
holder, $14. D. Pencil holder, $16. E. Zigzag pencil holder, $6. F.
Blank books, $3 to $7. G. Adjustable lamp, $38. H. Storage baskets,
$25. I. Electric eraser, $50. J. Regular erasers, 50 cents. K.
Suction-bottomed chrome sharpener, $60. L. Brass sharpener, $2. M.
Boxed mat knife, $16. N. Refillable pencil, $6. O. All-graphite
pencils, 95 cents. P. Fountain pen, $5. Q. Gold-nibbed fountain pen,
$250. R. Ink, $3. S. Black scissors, $11. T. Square tape measure,