Romantic Gifts for Designers, Artists, and Architects
Artistic and Romantic Gifts
Find a special gift for your design-minded sweetheart!
Here are a few beautifully designed or good-graphic gifts for artists, designers, architects, and others of the visual persuasion. Gifts that are a little unusual, a little artistic.
Gifts sure to make them smile.
Roses are traditionally romantic gifts. No designer-type will be disappointed with roses!
But maybe something a little more unexpected?
How about a different kind of flower? Violets are sentimental. Red tulips dramatic and historical. Wildflowers are touching. A bouquet of... artichokes! (Which are BTW flowers.) How about a bouquet of paint brushes? (Now there's a luxury gift.) Or colored pencils?
Or... perhaps flowers as translated by Art?
Scottish Art Nouveau architect Charles Rennie MacKintosh is famous for his beautiful stylized roses...
For that romantic toast.
Georgia O'Keeffe Flowers
This American painter is also famous for flowers... in paintings so modern, so stylized, that the flowers sometimes become abstract. This particular painting is less art-history-book iconic... but I love it.
A passionate poppy!
Love. What is love? No word can define it, it's something so great, only God could design it.
- Helen Steiner Rice
The Dutch painters of the renaissance are famous for floral still lives. And Van Gogh? Sunflowers! And, not quite as famous, but perhaps more lovely and romantic, his paintings of blossoming trees.
Green and gorgeous.
Aalto Flower Vases from eBay
How about REAL flowers?
Designed by modern master AAlvar AAlto, these vases are sure to present fresh flowers with both romance and beautiful design.
William Morris Florals
This British Arts & Crafts designer is famous for (among other things) floral designs that were used on textiles and wallpapers.
Add a photo of the two of you together.
From the same Victorian period as William Morris's work, come these PreRaphaelite painters... and images of knights and ladies, nymphs, and Shakespearean lovers so swoonily romantic that what art-minded sweetheart could resist?
What are these water nymphs up to?
Meet the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood
This BBC mini-series is a romp through the (more-or-less-accurate) history of the Pre-Rapaelites and their art-models. Follow their work-lives and their love-lives as they find fame and fortune and... generally behave like idiots. Appealing actors, great production. Funny, nutsy, sometimes romantic, (often sexy), sometimes sad... always entertaining.
Watch with your designer-sweetheart and some chocolate.
Laugh a lot, tear up a little, and definitely get a bit over-heated watching these bad-boys of the 19th century and their models and muses.
Botticelli and Venus
Oh, go for broke - get a Botticelli Venus. What's more romantic than the goddess of love herself?
(I received Botticelli Venus socks once - a truly romantic gift!)
And don't forget Venus's side-kick Cupid!
Aaaaah. Who says romance has to be serious all the time?
I don't know any artist who could resist this. Maybe you should build a Love Shack to go with it?
Being a graphic designer gets you used to rejection of your brilliance. So it’s good practice for dating.
- Heather Phillips
Jim Dine Hearts
This modern artist is famous for (among other things) his "heart" graphics. But I think this one is just as romantic.
Makes you think of long, lazy weekends doesn't it?
From the most famous modern street and graffiti artist, Banksy, this surprisingly tender moment...
Alexander Calder Print
Okay, not stictly-speaking romantic... but so lively and happy it makes you smile. Art from the incomparable modern master Alexander Calder.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...
Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
- Fabien Barral
Heart Shaped Art and Offerings
Not every sweetheart likes doilies and lace, right?
A one-of-a-kind gift (well, it's the last one in stock anyway), this watch's face is decorated with drawings by the famous architect Frank Gehry. (STARchitect we call 'em) Gehry designed, among other things, the concert hall in LA and a little museum in Bilbao.
Somehow the idea of valentines seems sweet and nostalgic... Here are some vintage and Victorian versions.
Go all out old-fashioned romantic and go really Victorian!
And if your sweetheart leads a harried modern life and complains that they're always on-call, providing drive-by design... be sympathetic. Laugh at the situation with them - and this handsome Victorian "Service!" bell.
Romantic posters from eBay
Just watch... often posters by Mucha will pop up here. Tres romantique!
What design-style should Romance take?
Old-fashioned and frilly!
Or go modern with playful, yet serious, design...
If home is where you hang your hat - make your sweetie feel at home!
The visual image is a kind of tripwire for the emotions.
- Diane Ackerman
Art Supply Case
You love them for their artistic soul! Give 'em a treasure chest for the tools of their trade.
The perfect keep-out! pencil box, just for them.