For many people, it’s common to move from place to place. Between apartments or houses or jobs, we gain and shed belongings based on what a space can accommodate. To Gerardo Osio, a designer from Mexico, this nomadic way of living comes a price. “This kind of lifestyle creates a tendency of losing a sense of belonging to a place,” he writes on his website.
Minimalists preach the virtue of not being attached to material things, but familiarity can be comforting. And in unfamiliar situations–like being in a new city–it’s a nice feeling to have. Osio designed a handful of small objects that lets users instill an immediate sense of home, no matter where they are. Cleverly, each product appeals to a different senses–like touch, smell, or sight–and becomes better with age.
Fabricated by Japanese craftsmen and made from unfinished natural materials, the Nomadic Life kit comes in a wood box with leather straps that will soften and darken over time; the copper tableware set will patina. Osio designed a stone candle and incense holder to offer warm light and a familiar smell, scent being one of the most powerful memory triggers. A stone flower vase offers owners a way to decorate and a straw mat and cushion provides a place to sit or sleep.
“These objects can tell a story as time goes by, creating a sense of belonging when they are used,” Osio writes.