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24 Inspiring Finds for Architecture Lovers

Apr 14, 2015

by Valerie Rains

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Brancusi called it inhabited sculpture. Goethe likened it to frozen music. Kahn said it was “the reaching out for truth.” However you see architecture, we encourage you to take a little time this week — National Architecture Week — to, well, see some architecture. Slow down on your way to work and back home again, look up and around at the buildings you pass every day, notice the details. (You could even pretend you’re on vacation, scoping out now-familiar street scenes for the very first time.) Plenty of Etsy makers are already doing just that, and applying their observations to their own creative works — albeit at a significantly smaller scale. Here are just a few of our favorite items inspired by cityscapes, skylines, iconic architectural details and structures of all sizes.

What’s your favorite style of architecture? Tell us in the comments!

Whether your furry friend prefers the Cape Cod style (shown) or something more modernist, Habifab‘s unfinished poplar playhouse (safe for chewing!) is sure to please. There’s even a second-floor landing for bunny to hop on — and a removable roof so you can retrieve him if he won’t come down again.

Maribel Maxon, the Rochester, New York-based artist behind Blanco y Negro, paints custom home portraits and historic buildings, landmarks, and Main Street scenes using actual bricks as her canvas. This one commemorates a former art gallery building in Pittsford, New York.

Home is where the heart is — and in this (screen-printed cotton) case, it’s also where the tablet, keys, and lip balm are.

A six-piece survey of structures found in the European countryside, including a half-timbered German cottage and a French pigeon house.

MidCenturyWoodShop’s solar-powered water feature would undoubtedly be the most sought-after birdbath on the block.

The slimmest skyscraper, etched in sterling silver.

Inspired by the irrepressibly vibrant paintings and one-of-a-kind building projects of Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this silk scarf is hand-painted, hand-hemmed, and made to order in Klaradar’s Sofia, Bulgaria, studio.

This scale-model drafting table is only four inches high — and comes with a whole set of tiny tools.

It’s a lamp! It’s a sculpture! It’s a Dutch canal house! And the twinkles of light shining through this paper-mâché pendant’s window panes will give your home a warm, welcoming glow like no other.

Paris-based Casagashop ships out DIY solar-powered lamps inspired by regional home styles throughout France; this pair, for example, is rooted in the architecture of Alsace.

Whether you live in a high rise or a cottage, Plumed makes a printed pillow for you.

Inspired by the Vancouver skyline, this oxidized sterling silver ring would appeal to any lover of urban landscapes.

Ordinary table lamps pale in comparison to this LED-lit model of a Bauhaus building in Tel Aviv.

A miniature rustic Irish mill house makes a lovely residence for a trio of bud vases.

Your vacation memories, preserved in a custom painting.

Lithuania-based seller Patricija used drawings made by her 10-year-old son as the source material for this colorful mobile.

Construct your own keepsake version of Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut chapel with this DIY paper kit. 

Each block in this 48-piece set features two designs (from bricks and window-frames to woodwork and shutters) so you can renovate endlessly.

Never forget another fortieth with this Bauhaus birthday log, adorned with illustrations of some of the 4,000 historic buildings in the UNESCO-recognized White City of Tel Aviv.

Imagine a single cell from an Escher drawing transformed into an eye-catching brooch.

Because your neighborhood birds deserve the best, there’s the “Philadelphia House” birdhouse, crafted by Roger Hankins, an architect and member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Marisa and David of Queanbeyan, Australia, assemble detailed matchbox dioramas in a range of styles for their shop, Suitcase Dollhouse.

Not every doll gets to have her day in a birch plywood abode inspired by Oscar Niemeyer’s distinctive Brasilía buildings.

Globetrotting designer and illustrator Helena Carrington has a weakness for wandering — and making sketches of all the buildings she passes as she goes. In her Etsy shop, you can find her takes on Copenhagen, New York and London enlivening tea towels, pillows, and notebooks — so you can do some doodling of your own.

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Valerie Rains is an editor at Etsy.

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