These are some of our favorite things. If you're curious, here are the guiding principles...

Is this something we want to keep around forever? Is this something that our grandkids would want forever? These are hard, bordering impossible, questions. But let’s step away from external forces that drive current desires and trends and consider the objects we acquire on a generational time scale.

  • The design is simple, timeless and long-lasting. We want to love it today and forever.
  • It’s over-engineered to take a beating and age gracefully. We trip, fall, spill and drop things. It’s part of life. Engineer it to account for abuse, misuse and wear.
  • It’s built with quality in mind, using the right tools and materials. There’s a time and place for every material. But, let’s not kid ourselves, a plastic case with a metallic finish will not perform the same as a piece that’s milled out of a solid block of metal.
  • The interface is intuitive to use and works as expected. No manuals please. Who reads those anyways?
  • It’s intuitive to fix if and when it breaks. Even the best designed, accident proofed, over-engineered things eventually break. When they do, we’d like to be able to fix it, with simple tools, and with ease.
  • Obviously, there are execptions to these rules, but in principle, we're looking for the best of the best. We want it to be so good, we can't imagine designing a better version.

    Spending a lot of time and effort finding “the ones” made us realize how important this was to us. We started this repository for our reference and we’re hoping you might find it useful too. This is our catalog of the best stuff for us, you and future generations.

    We started this repository during Hurricane Sandy in NYC (October 2012) and gave it a major update during COVID-19 (May 2020). We'll periodically add and update items on this list as we keep living, working, and collecting the best of the best.