Jessica Leigh Hester is a former senior associate editor at CityLab, covering environment and culture. Her work also appears in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York Times, Modern Farmer, Village Voice, Slate, BBC, NPR, and other outlets.
These blocks aren't just for kids.
Blocks aren't just a luddite gift to bring to a baby shower. Take a look at this hands-on desktop decor crafted with design-savvy adults in mind.
Arrange a set of 36 blocks to erect a miniature version of Case Study House #8, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in response to a post-WWII design challenge issued by Arts & Architecture magazine. The couple moved into the home and studio in 1949 and lived there for the rest of their lives. Sure, the price is a bit steep, but it's certainly cheaper than trekking to Pacific Palisades.
Blocks, $150 per set at Uncle Goose.
Or, deck out your workspace with a building made from Areaware's painted wooden blocks. The hexagonal shapes cantilever or nest to construct all kinds of structures, from a vertical tower to a sprawling apartment complex. And hey, if that afternoon meeting goes poorly, you can always pull a Godzilla and knock 'em down.
Block set, $25 at Areaware.