10 Cool Architecture-Inspired Pieces

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I once knew someone who said she "didn't like buildings." There's a lot to unpack there, but, ahem, in defense of buildings everywhere: You are cool. Even the ugly ones (no offense) owe something to a long history of architecture. The following creators are clearly on Team Buildings Are Cool, because they're making items inspired by architects and architectural movements. Check out these items:

1. Erin Althea Concrete and Resin Bookends, $95

L.A.-based sculptor Erin Althea's concrete bookend set is inspired by materials (concrete, hello) and forms associated with Brutalism.

2. Minna Steps Mat, $180

Minna uses the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán (famed for his use of blocks of bright color) to create this textured mat, perfect for the kitchen or bath.

3. Murals Wallpaper Dessau Wallpaper Mural, $3.25 per square foot

Here's a wall mural named after the German city often associated with the Bauhaus style.

4. Melanie Abrantes Bauhaus Coaster and Trivet, $33

Use this brass, Bauhaus-inspired piece as a coaster or trivet.

5. Yield Frank Lloyd Wright Candle, $38

This candle (also available as incense) aims to embody the essence of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Arizona home with a mix of desert rose, amber, and sand.

6. xNasozi Studio Le Courb Pillow Cover, $130

As the name of this mud cloth pillow cover implies, the design was inspired by the works of French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier.

7. Recreation Center Bauhaus Tumbler, $45

This speckled ceramic mug plays on Bauhaus-y motifs.

8. Jonathan Adler Brutalist Square Bowl, $260.99

Adler's bowl definitely brings those Brutalist vibes — and although the design may be harsh, when paired with the right textures and colors, a piece like this would make quite the statement.

9. Mathias Schifferdecker Cube Lamp, $950

You can rearrange the colorful cubes on this pricey Bauhaus-inspired lamp any which way you please.

10. BZippy Circle Top Vases, made-to-order; inquire for price

L.A.-based artist Bari Ziperstein's vases take inspiration from Brutalist architecture.


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