Themes

Starter Packs for the generalist

June: Ontology of things

June: Ontology of things

Books in the Ontology of Things collection.
Book 1: Grey Cobalt by Felicia Honkasalo
Book 2: The Design of Everyday Things by Don. A Norman

The psychological power of possessions.

About the Collection:

Humans are materialistic by nature, but we have an odd relationship with the things we own. Possessions enrich our lives but they also come at a cost, both environmental and psychological. 

In this collection, we take stock of our ambivalent relationship with material goods, size up the things that humans actually needs and consider the ways possessions define us and ponder the future of ownership. These books look at how we separate our "stuff" from our "selves".  

Inspired by:

Tchotchkes, Louis Vuitton's $1200 Jenga set, Marie Kondo, Michael Landy and the breakdown he had in 2001 where he systematically destroyed every item amassed over his 37 years on earth.

July: Mythology

July: Mythology

Books in the Mythology collection.
Book 1:
Book 2:

Narratives and stories that play a fundamental role in modern society.

About the Collection:

We have access to boundless information and prodigious quantities of stuff. We decide to like or not, to believe or not, to buy or not. We pick and choose. We think we are free. Yet all around us, in pop culture, politics, mainstream media, and advertising, there are codes and symbols that govern our choices. They are the fabrications of consumer society. They express myths of success, well-being, and happiness. We’re taking a look in this collection into some of the myths that drive our decision making today.

Inspired by:

 Nirvana, John Coltrane, UFO’s, California in the 60s, Ancient Greek Mythologies and spiritual shamans.

August: Ephemera

August: Ephemera

Books in the Ephemera collection.
Book 1:
Book 2:
Book 3:

A small moment in time.

About the Collection:

In this collection we’ve chosen books that focus on short moments of time, things that are transitory and fleeting. We’ve selected titles that talk more in detail about things that are not intended to be preserved and savored. We’re thinking bookmarks, catalogues, letters from your primary school best friend, odd birthday cards from your neighbor, concert tickets and zines.

Inspired by:

Kanye West at the White House, Tide Pod challenge, Justin Timberlake and Brittany Spears, and 6th grade love letters.

September: Nostalgia

September: Nostalgia

Books in the Nostalgia collection.
Book 1:
Book 2:
Book 3:

Active Memories.

About the Collection:

Everyone loves to go back in time, to reflect on things that were, resurface cultural movements, old memories, embarrassing photos and oral stories. In this collection we wanted to resurface beautiful books that remind us of past generations and the cultural movements they have inspired.

Inspired by:

A Scene at the Sea, 1991 Directed by Takeshi Kitano, Woodstock, The Berlin Wall, The beat movement, the tamagotchi craze, the 90’s crushes, the Parent Trap.

October: Vessels

October: Vessels

Books in the Vessels collection.
Book 1:
Book 2:
Book 3: 

Containers and the things they hold. 

About the Collection:

We were inspired in the literal and metaphorical meanings behind vessels. Our bodies are emphatically the containers that hold what is truly important, looking at how we take care of and hold ourselves. This collection is also inspired by ceramic vases and the different shapes and objects that they hold.

Inspired by:

Japanese ceramics, Herman Melville’s famous Bartleby, Human fondness for received structures, Wabi Sabi.