10 Gifts For The Design Freak In Your Life

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Are you doing holiday shopping for someone who is constantly perusing design blogs, loves art museums, and thinks that furniture designers are rockstars?We’ve rounded up the best holiday gifts for the design freak in your life.

Go retro with Moleskine's new iPad cover.

Moleskine is known for its classic notebooks and planners, so the old-meets-new aesthetic is what makes the company's new tablet covers so cool.

The iPad-compatible cover is combined with blank notebook pages, perfect for the gadget nut who likes to use a scratch pad every once in a while. iPhone versions are also available.

Price: $74.50

Give the gift of history with a collection of Charles and Ray Eames' films.

Skip the expensive Eames chair and buy your furniture-loving friend a box set of the films of Charles and Ray Eames.

The films, which the husband-and-wife duo created over three decades, range from one to 30 minutes in length and explore topics from history to science.

Price: $80

Spruce up the kitchen with space-saving collapsible bowls.

We love the convenience of Progressive's collapsible storage bowls.

This set of three has 1.5-, 3-, and 5-cup bowls that flatten to a third of their height when they aren't being used. They're also a stylish way to bring lunch to the office.

Price: $14.99 for three

Brighten up a rainy day with the Sky Umbrella.

The classic Sky Umbrella by graphic designers Tibor Kalman and Emanuela Frattini Magnusson literally gives new meaning to the phrase 'brightening up a rainy day.'

It's been sold by the Museum of Modern Art's design store for two decades, and is one of the sweetest presents we've seen.

Price: $48

Put a twist on Champagne with these kooky flutes.

What better way to celebrate a holiday than with a glass of champagne? The MoMA's 'inside out' champagne flutes put a quirky twist on the classic glass.

They are made of clear borosilicate glass, which has an insulating effect, and come in a set of two.

Price: $70

Make a painter smile with Harry Allen's Brush Vase.

Whether you're buying a gift for an avid painter or a casual admirer of art, the Brush Vase by Harry Allen is a safe bet.

It was originally designed for paintbrushes, but comes with an insert that makes it an appropriate vessel for flowers as well. Available in resin and marble ($75) and chrome ($110).

Price: $110

Show off photos in a gravity-defying designer album.

Debra Folz's gravity-defying photo album is a part of Helmut Lang's new collaboration with Grey Area, a store and gallery combo.

The album, which comes in black or grey, can fit 24 four-by-six inch photos in either landscape or portrait format, and the spine is removable to allow the accordion pages to fold out and showcase the entire book at once.

Price: $150

Get your buzz on with a set of designer espresso cups.

Sculptor Anish Kapoor put his own twist on the classic illy espresso cup. The platinum saucers have holes on the bottom and can be placed on top of the mugs, creating a whole new look.

The two-cup set comes in a designer box with an art collection brochure.

Price: $95

Brighten up a bookshelf with these wooden bookends.

Seth Rolland's Abanico Bookends, available from the online store of the Museum of Arts and Design, are carved from a single piece of ash wood.

They fold down into a solid wooden block, but when opened fan out into a peacock-like design. Available individually ($120) or as a set ($240).

Price: $240

Give the gift of art with an Artspace gift card.

The true art lover will want nothing more than to pick his or her own present. So offer up a gift certificate to Artspace, the art flash sales site that wants to bring art to a wider audience.

eGift cards are deliverable by email and available in denominations between $25 and $1,500.

Buy it: www.artspace.com

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