Chisel & Mouse
British brothers Robert and Gavin Paisley have figured out a way to recreate favorite buildings and cities in a way that’s so incredibly cool. Back in 2011, they opened architectural sculpture studio, Chisel & Mouse—the “chisel” refers to old-school plaster casting techniques and the “mouse” to digital design aid, CAD, as they incorporate both into their process. While a custom maquette of a childhood home or a 3D cityscape of a beloved neighborhood will cost you a pretty penny, they use photos and Google street view to ensure life-like accuracy and truly beautiful results. The pre-made inventory includes tons of architecturally significant landmarks from around the world (The Guggenheim in NYC, the Moller House in Vienna, the Trellick Tower in London… ) which all start at around $215 and can be sliced into bookends or fitted with a wall mount, making them fail-proof gift options for the impossible-to-shop-for person who has everything.