Architects’ wives have the pleasure of living a simple life in their minimalist homes, with a few very beautiful things.
In the home, there will be at least one beautiful chair or stool, amid a collection of interesting if less perfect chairs.
Some of the beautiful objects in their homes will have been gifts they have received from their architect husbands.
Architects love objects that reflect the principles of their vocation – objects that are well designed, simple/beautiful in a modernist way and above all functional. Like their wives.
Architects may give their wives gifts like the Starck toilet brush. Or the Sigg Water Bottle.
While women who are married to less imaginative, less creative men might receive diamond jewellery or french perfume for their birthdays, architect’s wives are blessed with these quirky and practical gifts. The beauty of them is that they may look unimpressive or strange to the untrained eye.
Some of these objects will be gifts the architect’s wife has given to her husband.
Or are things that their more insightful friends have given the couple (there are many less successful gifts that would only be on display if the giver was to visit).
Philippe Starck, on his ‘ghost’ chair, which is popular with architects. He now says ‘Everything I designed was unnecessary’ – a comment carefully designed (as with everything he designs) to challenge the architect’s functionalism.
Here is a list of possible gifts that an architect might consider for his architect wife:
– Marimekko print fabric to make something with: a gift that is practical and guarantees her next outfit will have a bold modern print.
– Barbara Heath Jewellery – some of this exquisite jewellery appeals to architects because it is highly sculptural and architectural in form, and is reminiscent of steel and glass structures.
Other pieces by Barbara Heath have organic shapes and curves that appeal to architects and their wives.
-Nike sports clothes – Some very plain Nike or similar brand sports clothes, well designed, functional, quality garments.
– Camper shoes