Thursday, 14 June 2012

covet: iconic objects and luxury lists

Have you seen Easy Living's 50 Iconic Objects of desire'lust worthy objects (that) are an aesthetic triumph of classic design and function, which we simply can't imagine living without'... ?
I know, I know. So much for trying to be non-consumerist. 

Fact is, I am non-consumerist by virtue of the fact that I can't afford a whole bunch of what's on that list, which is copied below. 

The good news though is that there is also loads that I don't particularly like, or care for: 

The Togo sofa is ugly....(read...uggggggggggly), I'm too young for any hairspray (amen), those Tolix stools are uncomfortable, and seemingly everywhere (yawn), and am I the only person on the planet who thinks Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream is too sticky?)

I do quite fancy those handbags (but kind of assume that since I see so many Mulberry Bayswaters they must be fakes), have always coveted a Mason Pearson hairbrush (yet never sucked up enough courage to hand over the cash for one) and have a soft spot for the Ghost chairs. 
I'm putting an Alvar Aalto Savoy vase on my birthday list (just sayin'...), totally get the DVF dresses (imagine one *in* Liberty print!)  and the Estee Lauder miracle serums. I'm pleased and proud to announce I own a Brabantia bin (it really does make me happy). I'm in a committed relationship with YSL Touche Eclat and have seen and raised the Anglepoise with my Archimoon lamps. Both of them.

The exercise reminded me that I had made a list of what luxury meant to me, way back when I was travelling and making do with the bare necessities, and I went searching through my files to find it. 

Turns out I've managed to pick up quite a lot of what is on it, making sure that most of the things I'm surrounded by go further than their intended use and make everyday living way more enjoyable  - heirloom cutlery, mohair blankets & White Company linen, feather pillows, True Grace scented candles (cheaper than Diptyque, and still lovely), Origins face products, my Clarisonic, Lancome Definicils (there is no other mascara in my world) - and anything Smythson. 
Like my jewellery holder - modelled here with Tinsley -
She's pretty iconic too.

What would be on your list? 

the full list of Easy Living's Iconic Objects of Desire: 
Aalto Vase
Angelpoise 1227 Lamp
Apple iphone
Barbour Coats
Bialetti Moka Express
Bobby Brown Tinted Moisturiser
Brabantia Bin
Brown Betty Teapot
Burberry Trench Coat
Cambridge Satchel Company
Chanel Nail Varnish
Chanel no 5
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion
Converse Trainers
Diane von Furstenberg Wrap Dresses 
Diptyque Candles
Dualit Toaster
Duralex Picardie Glasses
Dyson Vaccum Cleaner
Eames Lounge Chair
Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream
Estee Lauder Anti Aging Creams
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Hanes Classic White T
Heinz Tomato Soup
Hunter Wellies 
Ikea Billy Bookcase
Kartell Louis Ghost chair
Kitchen Aid Mixer
Le Creuset Casserole Dish
Levis 101
Liberty Print
Liz Earle Cleanser
L'oreal Elnett Hair Spray
Mason Cash Bowl
Mason Pearson Hairbrush
Moleskine Notebooks
Mulberry Bayswater Bag
Newgate Clocks
Opinel Folding Knife
Penguin Books
Ray Ban Sunglasses
Riedel Wine Glasses
Roberts DAB Radio
Rolex Explorer
Smeg Fridge
Togo Sofa
Tonix Stools
YSL Touche Eclat 


Gayle Willington said...

Oh Carly, am in Victoria, Vancouver at the moment & visited a store today, which would probably class as your kinda heaven! It's called Chintz. Very cool & spent ages gawping at things I just couldn't afford or justify spending the money on.

Patsy said...

I can't see a Day & Molefe colander on the list day...

Carly {covet.collect.connect} said...

@Pats, one day, sooner rather than later....

@Gayle, have totally checked out Chintz online, and one day might make it to Vancouver, thanks for the heads up!

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