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My Favorite Things

By Tom Randall - 2013-12-16T19:41:38Z

Photograph by Mike Kemp/Getty Images

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A Gift Guide by World’s Top Designers

Remember the first time you saw an iPhone? Most people do. The aluminum profile, intuitive touchscreen, SMS bubbles that made texting fun -- it was like holding the future in your hand.

Innovative design surrounds us. It sneaks up in unexpected places as quotidian as your kitchen drawer. It’s not always about big-budget futuristic cars (though that happens) or even reinventing the wheel (that’s here too). Most often, it’s about making technology simple, turning the mundane tools of our existence into some of our favorite things. 

Here’s how some of the world’s top designers -- including the minds behind the iPod, Google Search, and London’s iconic Gherkin building -- responded when asked: What are the things you love?