Joy

Better products

Last year, a friend introduced me to the zero waste movement. Since then, I’ve been discovering some amazing products and making better choices for me and the planet. Here are a few favorite brands that bring me joy every day.

Abeego and Bee’s Wrap reusable food storage.

Stasher, the endlessly reusable, resealable silicone storage bag that replaces single-use plastic.

I bring these cotton produce bags (by ECOBAGS) to the farmer’s market.

These Reusable Swedish Dishcloths by Three Bluebirds are indeed nature’s best cleaning product.

Dish & Vegetable Scrub Brush by Brooklyn Made Natural.

These shampoo bars by Unwrapped Life smell divine and are amazing for travel too.

Next, I’m looking forward to trying Tru Earth Laundry Strips, this soap saver bag, washable sponge, and washable duster.

The light phone

Designed to be used as little as possible. It will never have social media, clickbait news, email, an internet browser, or any other anxiety-inducing infinite feed. It’s an experience we call going light.

Light is not just another tech company. We build all of the tools from scratch to ensure there are absolutely no third party apps tracking you. In this time of ‘Surveillance Capitalism’ and the ‘Attention Economy’, the Light Phone represents a different option. You are the customer, not the product. This is a phone for humans.

Deep work

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep – spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there’s a better way.

– Cal Newport, Deep Work

Fame is a bee

Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing.

– Emily Dickinson

Sugru mouldable glue

I’d love to play with this!

While studying for my MA in product design at the RCA in London, I had a bit of a crisis. A niggling thought stopped me in my tracks.

“Do I really want to design more products? There’s far too much waste in the world. I don’t want to buy new stuff all the time. What if I could fix and improve and reimagine the stuff I already have, to make it work better for me?”

Jane, Sugru Inventor

Colors do not clash, they vibrate

And if you still don’t feel confident, take heart in the wisdom of legendary interior designer David Hicks, who believed that the idea of colors clashing with one another was a fiction cooked up by “genteel women” in the 1930s. “Colors do not clash,” he said. “They vibrate.”

– Ingrid Fetell Lee, Joyful

Look at Matisse

Do what I do whenever I have a color problem. Look at Matisse.

– David Hockney
The Snail 1953 Henri Matisse

Fragrant drawings

Illustration by Desmond Knox-Leet

Passionate about written forms, Desmond designed the diptyque initials in the form of dancing letters for the candles, then the logo, eventually drawing the labels for the perfumes. He never stopped drawing, filling his travel journals with sketches rather than notes. After his death, his great friend Yves took over and drew the perfume labels himself. Of course, this involved illustrating the perfumes, but these perfumes were born of a landscape, a journey, a vision that the hand could transcribe into an image. They therefore began what diptyque has never stopped doing, associating each perfume with a drawing and graphic artist to present an imaginary substance comprised of a volatile essence and a fleeting vision.