Until recently, the only way for architecture buffs to bring their passion home was to buy architecture books. Now, as architecture is being used as an inspiration for toys, collectibles, and home decor, there are plenty of new options available. Ranging from the whimsical to the practical to the downright beautiful, these architecture-inspired objects will let you bring your favorite buildings home. These, from Ittyblox, mimic your favorite cities.
There are big names in the architecture toy game, like LEGO, whose architecture series includes iconic buildings and monuments, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Flatiron Building, and the Sydney Opera House. Haba offers a series of architecture-inspired building blocks, letting toddlers build their own medieval castles, baroque churches and Roman coliseums.
For the more grown-up collector, there are a range of home decor options available, like the Skyscraper Candles by Naihan Li, which literally let you light your passion on fire, or Deskstructure by Hector Serrano, a range of porcelain desk organizer sets in the shape of a city skyline or a row of warehouse buildings.
3D-printed items like Ittyblox, a series of miniature buildings, are made to order. They can be bought as individual pieces or as a city sets for cities including New York, Miami, and Chicago. If art deco is your thing, then the 3D-printed Stalactites by David Graas, a series of light bulb shades inspired by art deco skyscrapers, will light up your home and your life.
For fans of more modern architecture, there are the Floating House Shelves designed by Judson Beaumont as an homage to mid-century modernism, paper cut-out sculptures of Brutal London by Zupamarket, and Eames House alphabet blocks by Uncle Goose.