We asked 40+ designers, makers, artists, chefs, & other creatives to tell us their favorite everyday object. Taken together their answers are a love letter to the objects that make doing everyday things delightful.
These unheralded objects evoke a deep loyalty in us. We’re drawn to their utility or the shape of them, but the objects themselves also shape us.
By offering us a bridge to a slightly better day - a more precise cut, a more desirable outcome - these objects earn their keep. They give us a lifeline to greater satisfaction in the routine of our daily tasks. Yet the objects themselves are often, as one contributor to this gift guide suggested, magically mundane.
Some objects simply do their job well. This gift guide is an offering of those objects, from people all over the country who work with wood, textiles, paint, paper, music, food, and more. We hope you find the same satisfaction we did in learning about them. Happy gifting.
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