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Taste is subjective, but many argue good design is universal. We wanted to explore the grey area in between and see the objects that aesthetically-tuned individuals love the most.

As influencers in their creative disciplines and locations, each of these three individuals possess an appreciation for detail and an instinct for good design. Read on to see what their discerning eyes covet.

JESSE KAMM.

Jesse Kamm is a Los Angeles-based model turned fashion designer, whose label of minimal and classic women’s clothing, and commitment to sustainability has garnered great respect within the fashion industry’s upper echelons.

This summer when my family and I were at our off-the-grid surf retreat in Panama, I started a project called SETS / Natural Selection. The most handsome natural set I collected for the project is a pair of salt- white coral rocks that have been washed and tumbled into perfection by the sea. The rocks have holes carved into them, which is the handiwork of a rock-boring sea urchin. The pieces work alone as objects of intrigue, or as his-and-hers pencil holders. This collaboration that I have going with Mother Nature is pretty much my dream duet, as she is (in my humble opinion) the finest designer I have yet to come across.

I have them sitting on my desk next to the drafting supplies my father recently handed down to me. I love that as I’m sketching up new designs I have these trusty rocks that keep me close to the sea and dad’s pencils to keep me on point.

KAI VON RABENAU.

Kai von Rabenau is a Berlin-based art director, photographer and publisher of the independent interview magazine mono.kultur. Kai’s diverse creative talents have been employed by the likes of BMW, Frieze magazine, Onitsuka Tiger and Universal Records.

Buying a new bicycle is one of those decisions that you will feel the ripples of on a daily basis for the next ten years or so — or at least you will if like me, you ride your bike every day until it dies a natural death. Nonetheless, I didn’t have to think twice about the successor of my recently retired Dutch companion of the past 12 years when I came upon the lightweight but sturdy and strikingly beautiful Granturismo Uomo by Abici — it was love at first sight.

Abici is a small, family-fun Italian bicycle manufacturer known for the pure form and quality of the handful of models they’ve perfected, all of which are handmade in the Italian countryside. Currently, I am on a honeymoon with my new steel companion — with its smooth, delightfully silent riding and seamless extension of my body. I’m looking forward to seeing how our romance develops over time, once we have weathered sleet and snow together during the notoriously harsh Berlin winters. To be continued.

CORYANDER FRIEND.

Coryander Friend is the creative director and co-founder of the design fair Parachute Market, curator of Los Angeles vintage emporium Storefront and a seasoned production designer. Through her myriad of projects, Coryander strives towards shared experiences that connect audiences with the aesthetic realm.

One of my most prized possessions right now is Jason Koharik’s saddle leather desk. Jason explains; “My intention was to create the one thing in the room that ends up as an anomaly. The desk itself is overwhelming in scale, completely covered in leather with no sharp corners or edges. The anthropomorphic shape gives it a sculptural quality.”

I love the spirit and intention behind Jason’s work, which is why we connected creatively for one of my design fairs. The aim was to explore timeless design, mixing vintage dealers with new designers — a theme which he straddled perfectly with his leather desk.

I have no idea where I’m going to put this piece. I wish I could just empty the house and have it featured in front of the fireplace for thoughtful reading and writing, and I could nap on it. I also wish my life was that mellow!

Introductions by Amy Woodroffe
Photographs provided by Jesse Kamm, Kai von Rabenau and Coryander Friend

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