"enduring design has a perceptible connection to the human body. products or materials that display a humanlike form, are made by the hand, or invite use by the hand or body are somehow familiar to us."

View Michaela Mahady's "Architects' Choice" picks in the slideshow at left. 

other favorites

Concrete Arts: concrete sinks, concretearts.com.
Mayeron-Cowles: clay tile, mayeroncowles.com.
Pegasus Studio: leaded glass windows, pegasusstudioinc.com.  

Courtesy Mini USA

timeless design objects Mini Cooper: “The success of the Mini Cooper comes as much from its friendly face as its fuel efficiency.”
Alessi corkscrew/bottle opener: “The humanlike form of an Alessi corkscrew is amusing and attractive.”
Rocking chair: “The curved shape of a rocker by Thos. Moser seems to embrace the sitter.”

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