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The 'Usefulness in Small Things' Book Sheds Light on Everyday Items

By: Meghan Young - Published: Mar 31, 2011 • References: industrialfacility and coolhunting
Artists and designers have a way of looking at everyday objects to see their special qualities and true potentials, and this 'Usefulness in Small Things' book gives you a glimpse of that perspective.

Put together by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, co-founders of London design studio Industrial Facility, 'Usefulness in Small Things' focuses in particular on well-designed yet often overlooked examples of industrial design. Having scoured mom and pop shops all over the world, Hecht managed to amass quite a collection of interesting items, all under five pounds.

Filled with great, minimalist photos and eloquent diction detailing the intended purpose, origin, design and the relationship between it and the user for each object, 'Usefulness in Small Things' shows that people should open their eyes and take in their surroundings. Inspiration is everywhere.