12 Guys of Christmas: The Designer

If you’ve ever spent time around this next guy on our list, you’ve probably been exposed to one or more of the following: the name-that-font game; conversations on additive vs. subtractive color modes; mistaking Roy G. Biv for a close friend; wagers on the over/under lifespan of the flat design trend. What’s Gaelic to them is Greek to us; the designer’s discerning eye can leave you feeling rudderless and depressed when it comes to gift buying. Suddenly you’re lost in the libraries of Hoefler & Frere-Jones, killing time by exploring the classified section of Architectural Digest. That’s a dark place, my friend. We’re here to help. Moral of this story: leave it to us. We know these people. We’ve sailed to the farthest corners of digital commerce to bring you the best selection of holiday gifts for The Designer.

Tubular Brno Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


When is a chair more than just a chair? The short answer would be when it’s designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This pioneering prototype chair, originally created to furnish the renowned Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, is an embodiment of modern design and the summation of Mies van der Rohe’s ideas. Mies’s reduction of an object to its essential elements is what makes this more art than furniture. The mirror-polished frame is a chrome-plated, 11-gauge steel with clean, seamless joints and hidden-drilled or countersunk holes that render the chair free of deformation. An inner hardwood frame provides more than enough support, while the Dymetrol seat suspension enhances the comfort level. We found you the perfect chair; picking the perfect color is on you.

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