100 Useful Things Project

A PROJECT CELEBRATING THE DURABLE, FUNCTIONAL AND BEAUTIFUL

The¬†¬†word ‚Äúuseful‚ÄĚ is mainly used to describe objects of a utilitarian nature with set purposes. Today, quantity often takes precedence and we end up surrounded by more things than we need. While some possessions cycle through and are passed along, ending up in the arms of strangers, a select number remain with us over the years. These are the most special of objects, often acquired in interesting ways, and their stories are being told in the 1‚Äč00 Useful Things project.



Launched in August by Danish design studio Double, 100 Useful Things is a¬†curated collection of objects that are durable, beautiful and functional in equal measure. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre celebrating well-crafted items through the stories of people‚Äôs relationships with them,‚ÄĚ says Daniel Fl√∂sser, a partner and creative director at Double. The objects ‚ÄĒ ranging from an iconic Flag Halyard chair to a pair of Indian tailoring scissors ‚ÄĒ are brought to life in stories told from the perspective of their owners, many of whom are people the team at Double admire greatly. For instance, Cereal¬†magazine‚Äôs Rosa Parks; Jens. H. Jensen, the Japan editor for Wallpaper* m‚Äčagazine, and Ryan Willms of Inventory¬†magazine, to name just a few.

‚ÄúI‚Äôve noticed among a lot of our friends that the more successful they get, the less stuff they want,‚ÄĚ Fl√∂sser says. ‚ÄúThey want to travel light, [enjoying] the mobility that comes with less stuff. T‚Äčime, learning, personal development, lots of esoteric things come before actual stuff.‚ÄĚ 1‚Äč00 Useful Things presents this trend in a way that creates a dialogue on the topic of our consumption of objects. It gives the project‚Äôs readers an opportunity to reflect upon their own relationships with the objects they collect.

‚ÄúWE‚ÄôRE CELEBRATING WELL¬≠-CRAFTED ITEMS THROUGH THE STORIES OF PEOPLE‚ÄôS RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒDANIEL FL√ĖSSER, 100 USEFUL THINGS

 

100 Useful Things highlights the practice of a more monogamous approach to the acquirement of things. With its implied call to arms, the project imparts its vision for a life in which we‚Äôre not so dependent on the number of things we have, but rather their quality and ensuring their use and purpose. ‚ÄúPeople buy boatloads of mediocre stuff they don‚Äôt need, and don‚Äôt care about, instead of buying fewer, better things,‚ÄĚ Fl√∂sser states. ‚ÄúGood products get better with age, are easy to update and fix if need be, and stay relevant through the years.‚ÄĚ‚Äč

 

 

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Written by Nicole Wong

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