Today, at this very moment, what are the tools you are you using currently in your world and the world around you? When the word "tool" is used we have a the immediate reaction to think of those metal objects in a tool box, bench, and belt. I am not speaking of those tools, I am speaking of the mug you drink out of each morning, the rug you step upon with your bare feet in the afternoon, and the chair you sit upon each evening to read a book, and all the others your mind is wandering to that I have not mentioned. Now think about where these objects came from, the effort that was put forth for these items who made them and when? This is the thought pattern us designers are always going through with these personal and beautiful life utensils. Many humans of ancient times believed that through the process of making goods, a connection and reflection of your soul in turn would forever remain within that object. As some struggle with the idea of the soul being forever trapped to a material item, I do not view it that way, I see it more as a mirror of that soul through the human touch, forever holding a place in the essence of the make and aesthetic of the object. This brings comfort when our favorite makers, designers and curators have since passed and yet their touch lives on through these necessities we use until it is our time to also go and therein our loved ones can experience the same mutual heartfelt connection through these life devices. Shown above is an image from my kitchen at home with these special tools I speak of, they all vary in make and selection ranging from being made by myself, my favorite designer, and being selected by my most near and dear.