Special Objects & the Pleasure of Beautiful Things
Great design is more than slick packaging and refined taste. It’s about having a vision and a clear understanding of the use a product will encounter over it’s lifetime.
The objects we have in our homes serve purpose: they are either required for accomplishing a task, or make us feel something.
Marie Kondo, the author of bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, says, “When examined carefully, the fate that links us to the things we own is quite amazing...The destiny that led us to each one of our possessions is just as precious and sacred as the destiny that connected us with the people in our lives.”
We live in a throwaway culture. The amount of garbage that we bring into our lives and discard without thought is evident by the bags of rubbish we toss on a daily and weekly basis. But just because it leaves our homes doesn’t mean it leaves our planet. It’s still there out of sight and out of mind doing major damage. We try to live healthy lives, to eat clean, drink juice and do our best, but the plastic bags we so easily collect and discard, the beverage containers building up daily and the containers for our lotions and creams are unconsciously discarded. But we don’t have to live this way. We can live with intention and love not only our bodies, but the objects we hold, appreciating the value they bring to the moments in which we use them.
Kjaer Weis takes these values to heart. Their refillable compacts and packaging are beautifully made treasures meant to become individualized mementos carried through the years. As you change your blush shades, try a new shadow, and replace your mascara, the compact remains part of your beauty ritual that you can hold and cherish without carelessly adding to the unending piles of landfill.
"We know that we can’t end plastic pollution alone, but we are happy knowing that our customers have no need for plastic bags in their lives.”
One mesh or naylon bag can save hundreds of plastic ones from filling up landfill and that's with just one person using it again and again for years! As Baggu, our newest reusable bag company states, “The nylon fabric we use is recyclable and our bags are durable enough to last years. We hear from customers still using bags from our first production run 10 years ago! We know that we can’t end plastic pollution alone, but we are happy knowing that our customers have no need for plastic bags in their lives.”
A single cup like a Joco can become part of a loving daily ritual, played out over and over in the mornings for tea to go. A gorgeous glass bottle of body oil can be saved and repurposed. May Lindstrom is a big believer in the rituals of a beauty routine and took time and inspiration from her past to create a line packaged in the most beautiful glass containers. She says, “I wanted our packaging to inspire, and so it had to come from the place of my own wishes and dreams. I grew up in northern Minnesota, deep in the countryside. My yard was scattered with dandelions that we let run wild. In Spring, we'd eat the bitter greens. In Summer, we'd embrace the joyful yellow blossoms, wearing them in our hair. And in the Fall, when the flowering had finished and the petals and stamens dropped off, the parachute ball would open into a full sphere and we'd make wishes as we blew the delicate silver seeds into the air. The circle begins again. I always thought there was so much magic in this - the life of plants, nostalgia and magic all intermingling."
“I wanted our packaging to inspire, and so it had to come from the place of my own wishes and dreams"
– May Lindstrom
And that’s the world we want to live in, on a beautiful earth filled with bounty and joy. But it can only be this way if we take the objects that come into our possession in hand, realise the potential value or detriment they can do, and give them a place where they will live a long and beautiful life. Change starts at the heart. Love what you own and make choices that show love to Mother Nature.
*thank you to Sheona McDonald for the lovely flower photos*