Jennifer Lash's Favorite Design Objects

While I love all writing utensils, not much makes me happier than writing with a Sharpie. The extent to which a Sharpie can be used is indicative of its good design. While the original debuted in 1964, since then many incarnations have appeared on the market (one of my favorites is the twin-tip, as it serves double duty). The ultra-fine version is perfect for general everyday use such as marking up page proofs when editing or taking notes in a meeting, while the more robust fine tip works wonders for signs, posters, or labels. And buzz about the new Sharpie Liquid Pencil (available in stores come September) has me intrigued—it writes like a pen, erases like a pencil, and after three days becomes permanent like a marker. What's not to love?

After months of buying bottled water for the gym, work, etc., I finally decided to go green—but only after discovering Intak on my sister's kitchen counter. One co-worker jokes that the bottle reminds them of a grenade because a quick push of the button on the lid throws the top back, securing itself in place. Genius design as it won't move as you tilt the bottle to take a sip—and for those who have trouble drinking out of containers with a wide-mouth opening, this one's similar in size to the opening on a 20-ounce bottle. Perfection!

A good pair of sunglasses can enhance your look while also serving a purpose, and I hate to be caught without a pair when it's bright outside. Sunglasses—a common fashion accessory since as far back as the 1940s—protect against UV rays, block glare, can be used as an impromptu headband (at least in my case), and add a bit of flair to an outfit. I tend to buy the larger-framed "Jackie O" glasses, but with so many different styles to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

If teddy bears don't scream classic, I don't know what does. It's probably safe to say that most people at some point in their lifetime have had a teddy bear—multiple bears, even. They come in all colors and sizes but are easily recognizable. They're sold everywhere from specialty stores to gas stations and can cost anywhere from a couple of dollars to a couple of hundred dollars. There's something comforting about a teddy bear, hence why they tend to be a childhood staple. My favorite—named Teddy, of course—shows some wear and tear since I got him at age 4, but he'll never go out of style.

I love skylines despite the fact that I moved to Washington, D.C., where memorials and historic edifices replace clusters of tall buildings. And while I come from a city that some would say has a meek skyline, I still get the same feeling of awe that I got as a child every time I see the Terminal Tower in Cleveland. Built in the 1920s, the skyscraper stood as the tallest building in the U.S. outside of New York until 1964. Its height may have been surpassed, but its beauty still anchors the city’s downtown skyline.

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