Guy Kozak

Object Braun Nizo S800
Origin West Germany
Materials Aluminum, plastic, hardware

What do you do?

I make movies.

What makes this object interesting?

Braun knocked it out of the park with this camera—beautifully designed, easy to operate, and good luck.

Fort Standard

Object Roundlet Corkscrew
Origin USA
Materials Brass

What do you do?

We design and produce functional products and furniture informed by the relationship between materials and process.

What makes this object interesting?

It's an incredibly satisfying little tool that quietly conceals its function as a corkscrew inside the brass body that doubles as a handle.

Morgan Ruby

Object Classic Birthday Candles
Origin China
Materials Paraffin Wax

What do you do?

I am a graphic designer and art director in the business of making fun things.

What makes this object interesting?

I love how transformative birthday candles are—you can stick these in any food, light 'em up, and suddenly you have a party.

Daniel Emma

Object Plastic Bowl
Origin Vietnam
Materials Polypropylene

What do you do?

We make objects which are 'just nice.'

What makes this object interesting?

It's colourful, inexpensive, and versatile!

Isaac Friedman-Heiman

Object Ceramic Mug
Origin USA
Materials Stoneware

What do you do?

I do my best.

What makes this object interesting?

My mom is a ceramicist and has been throwing for quite a while, but this is the first mug she ever sent me where I was like “whoa.”

Shannon Maldonado

Object Miniature Studio 65 Bocca Couch
Origin Poland
Materials ABS Plastic

What do you do?

I am a designer and the founder of YOWIE, a collection based home goods shop!

What makes this object interesting?

The Bocca Sofa is the perfect intersection of high art roots, celebrity culture, and tongue-in-cheek interior design; the fact that this one is miniature makes it even more absurd and perfect.

Charlie Schuck

Object Brass Penguin
Origin Unknown
Materials Brass

What do you do?

I am a photographer and artist.

What makes this object interesting?

I like this because it's a brass penguin - very realistic looking.

Jamie Wolfond

Object Ruler Handle
Origin China
Materials Silicone, PVC

What do you do?

I'm the designer/businessman behind Good Thing.

What makes this object interesting?

Someone designed this handle with nothing but utility in mind and accidentally imbued it with an incredibly expressive character.

Doug Johnston

Object Three-Legged Gauge
Origin Unknown
Materials Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Aluminum

What do you do?

I make a variety of functional and sculptural objects, primarily by stitching rope together.

What makes this object interesting?

Though I'm not exactly sure what it is used to measure, the mystery coupled with its precision construction and hybrid creature/mini-spacecraft appearance have kept me fascinated since I found it years ago.

Visibility

Object Foam Brick
Origin Japan
Materials Polyurethane Foam

What do you do?

We're an industrial design studio that works in products ranging from furniture and lighting to electronics, as well as interiors and exhibitions.

What makes this object interesting?

The brick is actually foam so the disparity between what it looks like versus what it feels like is comical and makes for a great prank.

Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Object Coleman Coffee Pot
Origin USA
Materials Aluminum and Glass

What do you do?

We are a process and material driven product design studio.

What makes this object interesting?

This classic Coleman camping coffee pot uses aluminum so thin for lightness that it's easy to bend, which could feel cheap, but the glass dome elevates the entire design.

Katie Stout

Object Hairbrush
Origin Brooklyn
Materials Polyurethane Resin

What do you do?

I design furniture.

What makes this object interesting?

It's a hair brush that Misha Kahn made for me and the handle fell off because I loved it too much.

Shana Tabor

Object MUJI Spoon Holder
Origin Japan
Materials Stoneware

What do you do?

I am the owner and designer and magic maker at In God We Trust, NYC.

What makes this object interesting?

I love the simple functionality of this object and the incredible $7.00 price tag.

Lindsay Degen

Object Mask
Origin USA
Materials Cardboard

What do you do?

I'm a professional knitter.

What makes this object interesting?

My friends Corey Cavagnolo and Lara Schilling made this mask for Halloween this year and the next day I found it decorating the local butcher shop so I took it home.

Ty Haney

Object Spalwarts Sneakers
Origin European Union
Materials Suede, Rubber, Airbag Fabric

What do you do?

I am the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices, an active lifestyle brand built around the idea of freeing fitness from performance.

What makes this object interesting?

I discovered the sneakers a few years ago and I think they look like OV in a shoe—simple, well designed, and made from highly technical materials.

Silo Studio

Object Set Square
Origin China
Materials Acrylic

What do you do?

We are an action based material and process research duo.

What makes this object interesting?

Besides their simple form, set squares are versatile and accurate tools to draw angles, and like us, they work better together.

Benjamin Kicic

Object Lunchbox
Origin USA
Materials Painted Steel

What do you do?

I design both upscale furniture for gallery shows and affordable objects for industrial production.

What makes this object interesting?

The entire form considers its use; each part lends itself to serving you lunch and a cold drink.

Zoe Alexander Fisher

Object Salt & Pepper Shakers
Origin Unknown
Materials Bakelite

What do you do?

I am Gallery Director of Patrick Parrish Gallery and run 99¢ Plus Gallery & HANDJOB Gallery/Store!

What makes this object interesting?

These are an incredible example of design/art history telephone: how warped and wonderfully weird an object passed down through too many transformations can become - hand carved marble goddess to cheap plastic souvenirs with salt and pepper coming out of their titties.

Lisa Williams

Object Pink Bubble Wrap
Origin China
Materials Polypropylene

What do you do?

Founder of Lisa Says Gah, an online shop focused on building a community around creative, insightful women through fashion.

What makes this object interesting?

The versatility in its nature is evident, so I think the real joy is the hint of nostalgia: Pink bubble wrap has transformed into art and function.