Completely late to this game, but ever since I was introduced to Chilewich a few weeks ago at Stuart’s girls’ dinner party, I can’t stop wishing for a little table runner or placemat set of my own. Currently lusting after the new coral gold design in the first photo.
Designer Andy Mangold’s study of what “heirloom” means to people today caught my eye. It’s funny to think that last generation’s engraved pocket watch will be next generation’s limited edition Nike sneakers - I’m not sure I like it, and often feel conflicted between the increasingly techy, fast paced, disposable direction we’re headed and the simplicity of the past.
From his site: People in my generation tend to spend their money on things that aren’t designed to last. Cell phones, laptops, digital cameras, MP3 players: all of these things are either broken or obsolete a mere few years after they’re purchased. I set out to research and report on what my generation finds irreplaceable; what the next heirlooms will be.
I conducted interviews and photo shoots with 38 of my peers and an object they hold dear. These photographs serve not only as a visual account of members of my generation, but also a case study on what makes an item or product irreplaceable and significant on a personal level. I compiled the results in a leather bound book that I plan to pass down as a personal heirloom.
It’s funny; there are some things that I thought were either extravagant or ridiculous before moving to NYC - now, 7+ years later, I’d put them in the “necessity” category:
- quality wellies…for days like today - old lady push carts…you can only carry so many groceries with 2 arms! - massages…ok, still extravagant, but I don’t feel QUITE as guilty splurging - shoes that are actually good for your feet…worth it - umbrellas that won’t turn inside out upon first use…we’ve all been there - down coats…or winter coats at all!
What about you? What are your must haves for city living?
If you aren’t watching this show, you’re seriously missing out. And if you’re in NYC and haven’t visited the Morris-Jumel Mansion, do that too! It’s easy to forget how much history is right around the corner; the mansion is Manhattan’s oldest house and was George Washington’s heaquarters during the Revolutionary War.
(photo of Jumel Terrace taken by me during OHNY ‘08, screengrab of Margaret via)