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Safety Matches

Still useful and largely unchanged after 150 years, matches are one of the more ...

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Cranberry Jam

The dead of winter isn’t known for its bounty, but being cooped up indoors ...

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Vintage Oak Board

Thin cutting boards are used in Germany as a plate, especially for breakfast, or ...

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At its most elemental, embroidery is sewing decorative stitches onto fabric ...

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Whisk Broom

For something with no other purpose than to sweep away dirt ...

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John James Audubon

The pioneering conservationist and naturalist, whose tender portraits of birds canonized ...

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Humankind has sheep to thank for more than 12,000 years of food, shelter and ...

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Horn Measuring Cup

In the eighteenth century, coughs and sneezes could eventually kill you ...

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Everyone has that one pair of jeans they refuse to throw out. I’ve been wearing ...

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Alexandre Noll

Alexandre Noll wanted “to make of wood all that could be made out of wood” ...

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If you’ve navigated the minefield of a family feast, the least you can do is make ...

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Mirror, Mirror

Checking yourself in the mirror is something we all do several times a day ...

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Shear Trade

Not many of us are overwhelmed with patriotism when we think about scissors, but ...

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Ben Jackel

Activist art often conjures associations of hyper-political, in-your-face images and guerrilla ...

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Gino Sarfatti

Gino Sarfatti was in awe of light, but obsessed with the light bulb. Through the designer’s ...

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A few of our current fixations, from Stapler of the Week and more ...

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Beer Brewing

The Babylonians had been brewing beer since at least 4300 years before Jesus was born ...

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Alexander Calder

By the end of his nearly century-spanning career, Alexander Calder had worked ...

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