Dezeen's gift guide for architecture and design graduates

As architecture and design students prepare for their final shows, we've collected together our guide to the best graduation gifts, from a watch based on architectural drawings to a lightweight electric bicycle for the commute to their first job and a sofa for their first post-student flat (+ slideshow).

Scale pen by Shigeru Ban


Japanese architect Shigeru Ban's retractable and refillable pen is made from aluminium and features a laser-etched ruler on each of its three faces, so it doubles as an architect's scale ruler. Get yours from Acme Studio »

Draftsman Grid 03 by Nendo

Nendo Draughtsman 03 Watch Launch

Based on tools and accessories traditionally used by draftspeople to create technical architecture drawings, this watch by Japanese studio Nendo has a grey square lattice printed directly onto the underside of the glass that covers the face. Get yours from Dezeen watch store »

V-pleats stationery by Umn Design

Concrete stationery by Umndesign

The V-pleats concrete stationery collection includes a bookend, a tape dispenser, a storage tray and a set of pen-holders. It was designed by Chinese studio Umn Design to reference the pointed shapes created by folding paper. Get yours from Taobao »

TMA-2 Modular headphones by Kilo

TMA-2 Modular headphones by Kilo Design for Aiaiai

Danish studio Kilo's headphones allow users to create different arrangements of headbands, earpads, cables and speakers – up to 360 variations in total. Get yours from Aiaiai »

OKO bike by KiBiSi

OKO by KiBiSi for Biomega

KiBiSi – the Danish design supergroup co-founded by architect Bjarke Ingels – make a lightweight electric bicycle for city cyclists who want to use bikes for their commute but arrive at their destinations sweat-free. Get yours from Biomega »

AC x Tokyobike backpack by Ally Capellino

Ally Capellino x Tokyobike competition

British accessories label Ally Capellino partnered with cycling brand Tokyobike to create a backpack with cycling-friendly features, including a water-proofed nylon exterior, a reflective strip and a loop for a cycle light. Get yours from Ally Capellino »

Urban Nomad sofa by Hannabi

Urban Nomad sofa designed by Anikó Rácz for Hannabi

Created for people who live in small flats, Hungarian furniture brand Hannabi's modular sofa can be split into four parts and modified to serve the function of a single full-height sofa, two seating mats or a single bed. Get yours from Hannabi »

The All Star Modern by Converse

Converse All Star Modern

Converse's recent update to the classic 1920 All Star replaces the shoe's signature canvas uppers with Nike's knitted Hyperfuse fabric. The trainer is available in both high- and low-top versions. Get yours from Converse »

Sea Salt Collection by Mast Brothers

Salt wallpaper by Mast Brothers + Calico

For those who prefer a small but considered gesture, Brooklyn company Calico Wallpaper has used the salts in Mast Brothers' new chocolate range to create marbled wrappers for the bars, which include unusual varieties like sheep's milk and olive oil. Get yours from Mast Brothers »

Lemonade Glass by Max Lamb


Featuring a shape that mimics the silhouette of two lemons stacked on top of each other, this glass by British designer Max Lamb was created for drinking lemonade and citrus-based cocktails. Get yours from Makers & Brothers »

Liten by Larsson & Jennings


The Liten is the first watch by Larsson & Jennings aimed specifically at women, featuring a smaller 33mm dial and finer straps than the brand's previous designs. It is available in gold, rose gold or black. Get yours from Dezeen Watch Store »

The Wall Street Collection by Bruzzoni Global

Electric toothbrush by Bruzzoni

Electronics startup Bruzzoni Global created its electric toothbrush as a pared-back alternative to bathroom accessories that "completely disregard" aesthetics. It features metallic accents and a rubber-coated handle that tapers into a more slender neck. Get yours from Bruzzoni Global »

Art Deco London Map by Blue Crow Media

Art Deco London map

This double-sided foldout map acts as a guide to over 70 examples of Art Deco architecture in London, like Eltham Palace, Senate House, the Daily Express Building and the OXO Tower. Get yours from Blue Crow Media »

The Junior Amp by Paul Crofts

Audioberry Junior amplifier designed by Paul Crofts Studio

The volume dial is the only focal point on London designer Paul Crofts' Junior Amp, which is otherwise free from the usual lights, switches and inputs. It has a smooth white casing crafted in solid surface material Corian. Get yours from Audioberry »

Bionvega WearIt speaker by Michael Young

Speakers by Michael Young for Brionvega

Industrial designer Michael Young partnered with Italian electronics company Brionvega to launch a portable speaker that would be an alternative to the "audio trash market". It is designed to work with phones, laptops and other electronic devices. Get yours from Brionvega »