President Obama himself chose architect David Adjaye to design the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Which then led Knoll to commission a line of furniture from Adjaye, inspired by the building itself. The Washington Collection can be had for $300 to $490, here.

Most yoga mats are pastel-colored, hippie-fied horror shows. But this understated mat was designed by Alexander Wang, the newly instated head of Balenciaga. Snag one for $150.

British designer Tom Dixon is a master of lighting and interior design. Easier to take home is his "Tool the Mathematician" kit, with rulers, stencils, and more made from brass. This is just one of the many trinkets found in his London-inspired Eclectic line of goods. Shop the line here.

French fashion house collaborated with classic American shoe brand Converse All-Star, and dunked the Chucks in all-white paint. The whitewashed Converse x Maison Martin Margiela collaboration goes for $200 a pair, here.

This isn't any old lowly ice cream scoop; it's an heirloom-quality kitchen device from the San Francisco-based Lunar design team. Starting at $40, here.

In 1969 Dorothee Becker designed the Uten.silo storage unit for Vitra and it quickly became an iconic item. Swedish design house Note Studio created a Scandinavian update of the organizational tool. It's made by Seletti, and costs around $450.

For the fan of retro designs here's the Deiter Rams-designed ET 66 calculator. First issued in 1987, its rounded buttons and color-coding inspired waves of copycats. Braun reissued it this year. Get one for $50.

Svbscription, the mail-order company known for curating tasteful gifts for men and delivering them to his front door, is now offering the service for women, too. The contents are a surprise, but the company partnered with Marimekko, James Corner of James Corner Field Operations, and the Jawbone Up team to create the trinkets within. Subscribe here.

Bang & Olufsen's Beolab system introduces standing--rather than desktop--wireless sound throughout the home. And as we now know, it was Bang & Olufsen, not Dieter Rams, that inspired Apple's first iPod design. Shop Beolab here.

This year Ikea reissued the table that started the flat-packing revolution. Get the swinging mid-century Lövbacken side table for just $60.

Sure, everyone wears Warby Parker frames. But instead of the Percy or the Edgeworth, shop the Carmicheal collection, designed in collaboration with Beck. $95--as always--each, here.

12 Gifts For Brand Snobs

Got a friend who wouldn't be caught dead sitting in a knock off? You're in luck: Here are 12 gifts with plenty of designer caché.

Design Snobs. You know the ones. They walk into the holiday party and immediately tally the host's inventory: Eames Chair? Check. Noguchi coffee table? Check. And oh my! Vince Guaraldi Trio is coming from the speakers of a Dieter Rams SK2 radio by Braun. So what on earth do you gift this cultural cognescenti?

Well, you're in luck. This year, plenty of well-known designers and architects are putting their name on everything from protractors and yoga mats to speakers and eyeglasses. So go ahead. Click through the slide show above and wow them with your present-giving prowess.

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