Juicy Salif lemon squeezer
An industrial design icon. This object was designed by Phillippe Starck in 1990 for Alessi. An object of desire with dubious functionality, but appreciated for its sculptural beauty and emotional appeal. I have the polished aluminum version, which I got in 2001 in Colombia, my home country, as my pick for the exchange of an unwanted wedding present. Rather than being placed in the kitchen, I always have it in my office or in the living room.
The word for flower in Japanese, Hana is a collection of plates and pottery designed by Toshiyuki Kita in 2002 for Arita Yaki pottery in Japan. They highlight not only the simplicity and elegance of Japanese design, but also the beauty and sustainability of Japanese craft and natural materials. I have a set of Hana plates signed by the designer, whom I met and interviewed in his studio in Osaka in 2005, when I was a postgraduate student in Japan.
An iconic Japanese classic designed by Sori Yanagi in 1954. The beautiful sculptural curves, reminiscent of a butterfly or a whale’s tail, are clear examples of the subtle Japanese lines and curves. This object was produced many years after its design, as the innovative technology to curve plywood in different directions had to be developed for its production. I bought my light colored butterfly stool in 2009 before leaving Japan, when graduating from my PhD.
A classic of Australian design designed Robert Foster, originally commissioned in 1993 for a restaurant in Canberra. The jug is the signature piece of Fink, the craft and design company Foster founded. It is available in many anodized aluminum colors, and is a very unique object with beautiful organic curves and not a single straight line. I bought the classic natural polished aluminum version in 2017, as a memento of Canberra, where I lived from 2010 to 2018.
The epitome of ergonomic design, this chair was designed in 1994 by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick for Herman Miller. Its main innovation was the use of pellicle, a breathable and lightweight mesh. It is fully adjustable and comes in three sizes. It is also very sustainable, with a long lifecycle and easily repairable. While friends in midlife crises bought luxury cars, bikes or watches, I got my Aeron chair for my 40th birthday while living in Australia.