Photographs of dancers. And of dandies. And dogs.
Abraham Lincoln’s Pocket Watch.
Naps. Breaths. Trees.
Ingo Maurer’s lamp.
BUTTONS. LISTS. These are some of my favourite things.
BOOKS. FISH. SUIT. TIME. MOTHER. FATHER. LIFE.
Everything is part of everything.
We live, We blunder.
LOVE UNITES US.
~Maira Kalman, My favorite things, 2014
Last Christmas, my sister gave me a copy of Maira Kalman’s My Favorite Things and a vintage “Coffee Hound” mug. Seeing as my sister, Maira Kalman, books and coffee are amongst my favourite things, it was a win-win-win-win situation.
My Favorite Things documents the significance of objects in our lives, drawn from Maira’s personal artifacts, memories, and selections from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City.
Some of her favourite things….
…picnics, egg salad sandwiches, books, lists, buttons, letters, spoons, eccentric relations, walking, New York City, tickets, getting into bed, getting out of bed, spoons, broken chairs (and I thought my sister was the only one!), complaints, fruit bowls, packages, ladders, and…
I have read and reread this picture book. Easy on the eyes, good for the soul. It’s one of my favourite things.
In this beautiful video, Maira talks about the exhibit Selects, which she curated using the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt.
What are some of your favourite things?