Six of Christine Marcelino’s Favorite (No-Nonsense!) Things
Christine Marcelino, the product-design brain behind the leather-goods line Materials + Process, is a no-frills kind of gal. She likes things that work hard—and do so quietly. Here, she shows off a half dozen products that speak to her and her function-focused POV.
Textiles and accessories from Scholten & Baijings: “You know, I love color, but I don’t like when it’s overpowering. I love the way they use graphics and prints—it’s modern, but it’s kind of comforting at the same time.”
Muji flashlight: “It’s just a simple, clean form. You can use it as a flashlight, but you can also set it on another mode where the entire thing glows—so it becomes a lamp you could put on your desk or your table. It’s still a flashlight, but it has multiple uses.”
Alite utensils: “I designed this product for Alite Designs. What I wanted to do was merge the design aesthetic that silverware usually has—where it has the feeling of longevity—with the high-functionality of camping utensils. I looked at how people use utensils and how they pack all their camping stuff and then created a sufficiently compact system where the functionality is embedded in the form of the material.”
Triangle brush ruler: “When I design stuff, I actually draw it out first. I still use a ruler, a pencil, and an eraser. This is the ruler I wish I had because it feels so clean and modern…and über-functional and natural at the same time.”
Casio film watch: “This is a Japanese film watch that they’ve discontinued since the nineties, when it used to be really popular. It’s really thin, and you can change out the bands. But what I love about it is that it’s analog and digital at the same time. I can’t live without this watch—I’ve had it for ten years now.”