20 Oct 2007 22:52 UTCSat 20 Oct 2007 - 10:52 pm UTC
I need a present for an architect who did some really good work for me. Budget £250 roughly.
I found the following (among others), but am looking for something shinier/more special - even if it's the same type of item, e.g. a spirit level, I want a finer example of the type:
I also found some books, like:
but again, nothing that seems perfect.
21 Oct 2007 09:18 UTCSun 21 Oct 2007 - 9:18 am UTC
Thank you myoarin. I should clarify that I am not keen on something new, and would prefer something old, hence the items I gave as examples are all antiques.
21 Oct 2007 09:26 UTCSun 21 Oct 2007 - 9:26 am UTC
Those suggestions by myoarin are interesting. Particularly the Vitruvius and Palladio. So you know my thinking, I won't be going for a Vitruvius as I can only afford much later editions (obviously, but I am not sure there is much of a difference between an 1800 and a 2007 reprint of a first century architect's writings). The Palladio is very much the kind of thing that I want, although 100x beyond my budget :)
21 Oct 2007 10:41 UTCSun 21 Oct 2007 - 10:41 am UTC
From Ruby Lane, an "Antique, Victorian, Level/ Watch Fob in Rose Gold" (also available in "Gold filled Rose Gold"):
(If you're interested in the fob level, you may want to partner it with an antique pocket watch.)
There are two antique levels at Art & Scientific Instruments UK; one is within your budget:
Ahura Collectibles has some antique surveying tools:
The Best Things has some vintage drafting tool sets:
At the Treasure Chest, see "Vintage Dietzgen Drafting Set & Case":
Patrick Kerr sells vintage drafting tools:
Antique architecture prints from Kitty Liebreich
Some Suggestions for More Contemporary Items
In case you can't find anything in antiques that you like, here's some more ideas:
Maclin Studios has numerous gifts for architects and designers, including Wright and Mackintosh designs.
For instance, architect and designer inspired watches:
The Chicago Architecture Foundation has Wright-inspired vases:
The Royal Academy of Arts has a Zaha Hadid vase:
Recommended books from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects):
I hope these suggestions are of help.
22 Oct 2007 00:17 UTCMon 22 Oct 2007 - 12:17 am UTC
I just found this book, which may be of interest and is in your price range:
1734 English PALLADIAN ARCHITECTURE v. Rare 1st EDITION
Morris' Influential Lecture
Re: Palladio books, finding collectible, antique editions outside a museum or library is nearly impossible, and from what I've seen, the few available for sale (and I got only a couple of hits for "collectible") are priced at four or five figures, such as:
If you would really like to give a collectible, vintage edition of a Palladio or other architecture book, your best bet would be to go directly to a knowledgeable antiquarian bookseller who can identify an edition that is in your price range, and possibly, obtain it for you.
Some more antique architecture prints: