Uncle Goose

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.

Uncle Goose

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.

Areaware

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.

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