Wooden tableware on a marble table
Courtesy Kalon Studios

The Ultimate Metropolis 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Metropolis editors select the best design-minded gifts for this holiday season.

From quilted Christmas stockings to Frank Lloyd Wright Legos, the Metropolis editors have compiled the best gifts for design-lovers spanning fashion, tech, play, and more.


Color Chart Ornament, $19.50

Designed by Cody Foster & Co for Brooklyn Museum, this color chart ornament will make the perfect tree decor for any designer.

color chart christmas ornament
Courtesy Brooklyn Museum
three quilted christmas stockings hanging on a mantle
Courtesy MoMA Design Store

Hand-Quilted Christmas Stockings, $95

Quilting is having a moment and that is made clear with Brooklyn-based artist Krista Marie Young’s hand-quilted stockings for MoMa Design Store. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Young’s playful designs are inspired by her Nordic background and childhood memories.

a menorah in the shape of challah
Courtesy Afternoon Light

Janie Korn Exclusive Challah Menorah, $475

Janie Korn’s limited edition Challah Menorah for Afternoon Light is a whimsical edition to any holiday table. “My favorite carb on my favorite holiday!” says Korn. The Menorah is numbered in an edition of 8, candles not included.


a stack of wooden tableware
Courtesy Kalon Studios

Kalon Studios Tableware, $75-$275

Inspired by the organic quality of traditional American woodcraft, Los Angeles-based Kalon Studios has reissued its tableware collection. Each piece is made with sustainably harvested Maple and includes plates, bowls, cups, and serving vessels.

a collection of resin coasters
Courtesy Coming Soon New York

Resin Table Mates Coaster Size by Gaetano Pesce, $30.00

Designed by Gaetano Pesce and handcrafted by Corsi Design for Fish Design, each piece features a unique shape and are sold in pairs of colors including purple/turquoise, pink/black, lavender/lime, orange/fuschia, and more.

a collection of wooden spoons
Courtesy Areaware

Serving Friends by Selena Liu, $40.00

Designed by Selena Liu for Areaware, these wooden spoons are sure to bring joy and whimsy to any dining table. The oiled beech spoons are available in three designs: Hands, Wavy, and Flowers.


a wooden desktop organizer
Courtesy Michael Ferraro & Conor Coghlan

Shantell Martin Desk Organizer, $295

Designed by artist Shantell Martin for Hoek, this 3-piece design organizer can be used together or separately to organize work spaces. The 50-unit limited edition run of the organizer comes with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

the design sketches for a series of bookends
Courtesy Tortuga Living

Dumbo Bookends by Ciszak Dalmas, $30-$40

Designed by the Madrid-based studio, Ciszak Dalmas, these bookends are slim, lightweight, and help maximize shelf space. Available in three sizes and multiple colors, the bookends are sturdy enough for the everyday paperback to the bulky museum catalog.

four locker box organizers
Courtesy Vitra

Locker Box, Small by Konstantin Grcic, $310

For Locker Box, Small by Konstantin Grcic, the designer teamed up with Vitra to produce a compact, portable caddy that can hold work tools, such as a laptop, keyboard, papers, pens, cables, hard drives, headphones etc.


an alarm clock sitting on a table
Courtesy OneClock

OneClock, $299

OneClock is an alarm clock designed to help you wake up better. The no-frills (including no WiFi, Bluetooth, or snoozing technology) clock features science-backed sounds that gently lift one out of sleep.

a photo of a synthesizer
Courtesy MoMA Design Store

OP–1 field synthesizer, $1,999

Updated with the latest technology, the new Teenage Engineering Portable Synthesizer OP-1 Field is louder and thinner than the previous model. The synthesizer features better sound quality through a new speaker system with passive driver, extended battery life of 24 hours, and multiple tapes and tape styles for recording.

a photo of an air purifier
Courtesy Galanz

Galanz Personal Air Purifier, $59.99

Ideal for an office desk, Galanz’s new Personal Air Purifier provides portable, powerful air purification, featuring 360-layered filtration, three fan speeds, and an aroma pad. The device can cover up to 175.2-square-feet.


a photo of a deck of playing cards
Courtesy Kehinde Wiley

Grace Deck of Cards by Kehinde Wiley, $30

This standard deck of 54 playing cards features Dacia Carter II (2012) by artist Kehinde Wiley in a linen embossed finish. Net proceeds of the deck go to supporting the artist in residence program Black Rock Sénégal, founded by Wiley in 2019.

a photo of a lego set of a modern house
Courtesy FLW Foundation

DS Darwin Martin House Atom Brick, $168

This Atom Brick set highlights the Prairie Style design of Frank Lloyd Wright’s National Historic Landmark, the Martin House.

a photo of a back of t shirt waste a book and a loom
Courtesy LikeMindedObjects

T-SHIRT WASTE LOOM +Edu ToolKit Pre-Order, $200

Created in collaboration between the design studio LikeMindedObjects and artist Francesca Capone, this T-Shirt Waste Loom and Educational Toolkit allows individuals to utilize their own discarded t-shirts to bring new function to textile waste.


a bucket hat that says postmodern architecture
Courtesy Adam Nathanial Furman

Postmodern Architecture Organic Bucket Hat by Adam Nathaniel Furman, $40

Architect and designer Adam Nathaniel Furman‘s merch store features tons of bold and sassy architectural clothing designs perfect for any design lover with a sense of humor.

an image of a person in colorful loungewear walking towards an eames chair
Courtesy Gelato Pique

EAMES x Gelato Pique Hoodie, $179

EAMES and Gelato Pique have released an exclusive collaboration of comfy loungewear perfect for getting cozy in this holiday season. The collection includes pants, shirts, and slippers.

a photo of an umbrella
Courtesy Areaware/Dusen Dusen

Pattern Umbrella by Dusen Dusen, $41

Stay dry this holiday season with Dusen Dusen’s Pattern Umbrella designed for Areaware.

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