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Behind the scenes at Significant Objects (South) photo studio

Behind the scenes of the photo studio at Significant Objects (South) HQ

Aggregate cost of objects, sold so far: $46.50
Aggregate sales, post-Significance: $937.15

Coming up this week: Oh, it’s a big week on Significant Objects, folks: An extra-special week-long collaboration with Design Observer! Five regular contributors to that popular site, including Tom Vanderbilt and Jessica Helfand, among others, will be adding Significance to objects this week, in stories cross-posted at D.O. We’re very excited about this, and there’s a surprise or two in store in what they’ve come up with that you will definitely not want to miss.

Still on auction: Time is running out on the Rhino, with story by Nathaniel Rich. (That’s the Rhino, at right, about to be documented one last time before he ships out.) The bargain of the moment is the Small Stapler with story by Katharine Weber. Don’t miss the Rope/Wood Monkey Figurine with story by Kevin Brockmeier. More in our eBay shop.

Recent reactions from elsewhere: Outstanding writeup of the project — including his experience as a participating writer — by Rob Baedeker, in the S.F. Chronicle, here. Typestack gives a shout-out here, and the Harper Studio blog does so here. In an interesting twist, a site called Biomedicine On Display proposes a Significant Objects-inspired “idea for a curatorial game that might increase the awareness of the importance of the material culture and aesthetics of biomedicine and biotechnology.” If we missed your take, let us know in the comments. For more reactions see our Press Page, or check the reviews/reactions links at right.

Keep up & participate:

  • Get a Significant Object story by email every weekday, here.
  • Follow on Twitter: @SignificObs.

Remember: If you like the project, support these authors by making bids, commenting on the stories, telling friends and fans and followers and strangers and media contacts, or all of the above. We cannot do this without you!

Thanks, and enjoy the stories …


Rob Walker is the author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are, and writes the Consumed column for The New York Times Magazine.

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