In a celebration of Studio E Architects’ 30th anniversary, we are kicking off a new series highlighting 30 things – curated lists of thirty by our office. We asked everyone in the office to come up with a couple everyday objects they love, cannot live without, or are tried and true. The catch? They have to be battle tested. So, without further ado, we present (in no particular order) “30 Everyday Objects We Love”!
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 Fiskar Scissors
I have owned the same pair of these scissors since I started in the architecture profession and they are as sharp and useful as the first day I used them. Well proportioned, balanced and tuned to fit your hand so comfortably…the only thing better is the now iconic orange color.
 3DConnection Mouse
I’ve seen many use this mouse before buying my own, and I never understood how much of a difference it really made. It was difficult to use the mouse at first, but it quickly becomes intuitive. It makes sense that for navigating around a three-dimensional object, you would need a three-dimensional mouse. This mouse allows me to pan, zoom, tilt, and rotate all simultaneously which allows me to move around an object so much easier.
 Izipizi Reading Glasses
OK – I had to finally admit that I needed some “cheaters”…these put all drug store versions to shame. Designed in Paris. Super light-weight and comfortable. Made of flexible plastic. I got mine at a local museum gift shop…cool, indispensable and modestly priced.
 Yamaha U1 Upright Piano
Classic style, premium sound. I grew up playing a hand me down piano – nothing wrong with that. But I recently purchased a used Yamaha U1 upright piano. Its glossy shine graces my living room and begs to be played! Much like riding a bike, you don’t forget skills learned while a kid. I’ve been enjoying rekindling my love of playing the piano. It is a great way to relax and tune out the world and get lost in playing a beautiful piece of music.
 Cast Aluminum Ice Cream Scoop
Then just don’t make ‘em like this anymore…really they don’t. This mid-century gem is the perfect size to fit in your hand and delivers the perfect size scoop. The ribbed handle aids in maintaining a firm grip when diving in on a super cold carton. Best ever!
 Tennis Ball
This common object is useful long after it has served its short life on the tennis court. It’s the ubiquitous dog toy. It’s a great toy for kids of all ages. Lately I’ve realized its usefulness as a massage tool, and when I grow old, I might have a couple of these on the ends of my walker.
 Anova Sous Vide
I must admit, cooking things in a vacuum bag sounds strange, but this bad boy cooks with a consistency that’s remarkable. It is also a lot more diverse than creating the perfect steak. Some things you might not know it can do: poached eggs, mashed potatoes, infusing cocktails, and even crème brulee.
 Olfa Knife
The Olfa knife has replaced both X-actos and box cutters in my toolbox. The latter two are dangerous, non-ergonomic, and require constant blade changes. Olfa blades are powerful, long-lasting and a fresh blade is just a snap away—no more boxes of used blades labeled “DANGER!”
 OXO Salt and Pepper Grinders
Until I owned these, I had a role call of now discarded versions that provided very little condiment but lots of frustration. Maybe that is why every time I use these it puts a smile on my face. Durable, easily adjustable and friendly to both hands and eyes, every kitchen needs a pair of these.
3 ½” x 5 ½” preferred, but not necessary. I keep one of these at work, one in the car, one on the coffee table and one next to my bed for processing ideas, taking notes, documenting occasional spontaneous inspiration and (mostly) putting down things on paper before I forget them
 Wsken Magnetic USB Charger
This charger makes charging my phone so much easier, not that it was necessarily that difficult in the first place. The charger comes with a little nub that stays inside my phone (or any micro USB port), and the custom charger will snap to it any time they’re close. They also make one for Apple devices, too, which allows me to finally share charging cables with my roommate!