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Rob Walker’s Unconsumption tumblr recently mentioned PASS THE BATON, a Japanese on- and offline retail concept that updates the thrift store experience by adding — yes, you guessed it! — meaningful narrative to castoff items. *** For more evidence of the … Continue reading

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I feel like the New York Times Magazine invented this feature — the annotated photograph of someone’s den, telling stories about their significant objects — but here’s an example of the genre from Seed Magazine that I came across the … Continue reading

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Michael Zelehoski’s solo exhibition, Objecthood, at the Christina Ray gallery, “brings actual, quotidian objects into the realm of art. Zelehoski works almost exclusively with everyday objects, but by giving them autonomy and internal coherence, he is able to reveal their … Continue reading

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At WIRED SCIENCE, earlier this month, science journalist Jonah Lehrer explained “something important about how the human mind calculates value.” There’s now suggestive evidence that our faith in the authentic — especially when the authenticity is supported by effective marketing … Continue reading

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Ton Zwerver’s “Everyday Sculptures” only exist for a moment “as they are photographed and changed again and again. Everyday one or more sculptures are made out found objects that come across his path.” Fifteenth in an occasional series.

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“The Curious World of Patent Models” is a traveling show organized by the Rothschild Patent Model Museum. On display at the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena through Aug. 15, 2010. Via Core … Continue reading

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Andrea Magnani and Giovanni Delvecchio of the Italian design collective Resign claim theirs is a methodology “for all the designers who believe in magic and symbolic value of things.” Via Cool Hunting Twelfth in an occasional series.

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The Index — a storefront gallery in Brooklyn — is a collection of materials and objects whose purposes, characters, and origins are fascinating to curator Jonathan Roquemaure. As Cool Hunting recently explained: While each object’s uncommon looks are compelling enough on … Continue reading

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Here’s an everyday, apparently unexceptional object with a meaningful story; this advertisement was found in the current issue of Real Simple. Speaking of memes, the curators of Significant Objects are both at ROFLCon today.

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In today’s New York Times Sunday Book Review, the psychiatrist Peter D. Kramer reviews Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things (Houghton Mifflin), by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee. His conclusion: To those who need to understand hoarders, … Continue reading