In a train journey many moons ago from Ahmedabad to Delhi, we had a very uniquely superficial conversation. We talked about creating joy. My colleagues who were traveling with me were older and more experienced. I had the foolishness of youth going for me. The activism of how much work personal relationships can be, was thrown around, casually. Now that I understand a little more, I feel it’s not just people but designing objets* around your life that makes a huge difference. Because how you feel in your own world determines what energy you share.
Jonathan Adler’s love for design and beautiful objects got me particularly interested in developing a new list. Following decluttering as a theme for the year, it’s been my belief that every objet that finds space in my world yields meaning. Meaningfulness creates a sense of joy. It’s akin to having relationships with everything in and around you. Designing objets around your life requires work and a heady indulgence of contemplation.
A to Z of Designing Objets and Current Cravings
|– In all honesty, I am finding it hard not to see and order everything from a little more like this. Especially the pottery.|
|– Most recently we got another bookshelf added to our study which is such a wonderful space. I feel like I can paint and draw again. Nothing stopped me before, but just having things in order and making them reachable makes it easy.|
|– I am going to cry over the fact that my life with my husband will always be devoid of a cat named Oscar. Unless I get a flurry soft toy version to feel better. But imagine all the cat toys we could have got!|
|–Delta flights that take me home, to my mother.|
|– Embryolisse is the only cream I should be allowed to buy. Why do I ever bother getting anything else?|
|– We have this fire–pit in the backyard. It makes me think of lost memories of school days where I never enjoyed gregariousness. It also makes me think of intimate, warm spaces full of long conversations. We still need to get our chairs going, although I already miss my friends.|
|– The closest equivalent to Hakh is Chinese broccoli or Gai Ian. I can eat it everyday with every meal. Surely it exists somewhere in metro Detroit, I just need to find it.|
|– The year’s been going past so quickly that I am afraid the summer will end even before it shows up in Michigan. It’s April, and I have not yet given up the thought of another snow-fall. I’m craving a hammock desperately. As if, that’ll create permanence.|
|– This American Life where the most memorable story for me has been Buzzwinkel. But everything Ira Glass touches turns fabulous. Like this.|
|– Can’t not think about Jonathan Adler’s designs and ideas for a bit now. Everything about his philosophy and designs is immersive and chic. I’m in love with the Utopia collection.|
|– It’s highly popular, but I am obsessed with this Klimt print that I got home. I watch it over and over again and it fills me up. We haven’t even hung it up on the wall yet, but it attracts me in so many different ways.|
|– Lucky pup designs, Detroit has all the right ideas. I’m facing a chicken and egg issue 🙂|
|– I honestly thought Madewell jeans are the most comfortable pair of jeans I’ve worn in a very long time. There’s so much love in them. Maybe not so work-friendly, but I love this gingham edition!|
|– Once on a whim in Trier, I bought a pair of nude heels which have been my most favorite shoes. I need sandals in that color. I want to pretend the summer here is too hot for closed toe shoes 🙂|
– Oh happy day matches, even though I don’t really need matches. But Lisa, you draw them so well!
|– A pie. I’m wanting to bake a real Apple pie without burning down the house.|
|– Quince (bum-a-tsoonth in Kashmiri) could rate as my all time favorite things to eat with lotus stems. I love the sweet-sour flavor and it reminds me of childhood. In Portland last year, we found the most exquisite quince butter. It sounded deceptively simple to make. One day when it’s fall and I can push myself out to go to Wholefoods, I can buy all their quince.|
|– On the Hammock, I need to listen to the Ring of Life. Because, it’s a burning thing. I went down down down.|
|– I finally ordered my first set of Sakura koi pens. There’s no stopping all the drawings now 😉|
|– There’s a galli in Chandni chowk (I’m forgetting the name) which has locks and antiques. Like old but functioning typewriters. I want to get one. Purely for nostalgia, even if I’d never really type a manuscript on it. Although distraction free writing is miraculous.|
|– Can Uniqlo make this a couple of inches longer?|
|– What’s not to like about Vinyl? Can’t wait to visit this gem!|
|– Somehow World Market always surprises me with their hipster coziness. Like these papasan chair cushions. We don’t own such a chair, but the pillow almost makes me want to fend for it 🙂|
|– Chromosome X determines who I am and makes me think of my identity. I’ve been following various artists, creatives, writers and designers who bring such beauty into the movement. I’m very conscious of not normalizing behavior that’s inherently biased. I’d almost going to get this for my wall.|
|– This year we traveled to the Death Valley national park and areas around it. Somehow the warm desert air lent itself to this unique landscape with a ton of catcii and yucca plants. I want to get one home.|
|-Although she recently had an article in the New Yorker, I’m very interested in reading a real book by Zadie Smith. I’m intrigued by White Teeth.|
How are you designing for joy in your life? What’s on your crave list?
* It’s true that French objets sound infinitely cooler than objects.