I love functional and compact backpacks that offer just enough convenience and space to carry the handful of things that make up my office. Besides my laptop, my backpack is one of the few things I use for extended periods of time every day, so I’m pretty picky about finding one that suits me. For many years I cherished my Incase backpack, but as I was doing research for my newsletter I stumbled upon this bag from Patagonia. Its size and its weather-resistant material are ideal for the daily commute, but also for the occasional hiking trip in the country. I also love what the brand itself stands for, leading the way with a great approach to corporate responsibility.
Handmade Ceramic Vase
My girlfriend bought this vase for me from the Cicada Market in Hua Hin, a beach town near Bangkok. I usually have a little offshoot of an indoor plant in it to give my desk a touch of green. Amidst all the digital things that make up my work day, there is something Wabi Sabi about this handmade vase as it serves as a nice reminder of the fact that nothing I make will ever be perfect or permanent.
Wooden Phone Stand ‘Offscreen’
A year or so ago I had thirty of these customized wooden phone stands made as a gift to sponsors and exceptional supporters of my magazine. There is something really nice and almost therapeutic about having a raw piece of wood on your desk. It also functions as a stand for paper notebooks, postcards, invoices, and whatever else lands on my desk. At the very least, it reminds me of my lovely supporters without whom I couldn’t do what I do.
Meru Tera Pillow
Doing a lot of traveling and sitting in uncomfortable positions quickly hurts my lower back. I bought this self-inflating travel pillow as a lumbar support on my last trip to Germany and it makes traveling so much more bearable for me, especially on those twenty-two hours plane rides from Australia to Europe. I now carry it with me every time I step on a plane (or when I go camping). Germans definitely know how to make quality travel and outdoor gear.
Chemex Coffee Maker
I’m a big fan of coffee and there is no shortage of amazing cafes here in Melbourne (although I always try to distance myself from the overt coffee snobbery going on in this town). The Chemex – combined with quality, freshly ground coffee – made me appreciate the simplicity of filter coffee. The lengthy brewing process is a daily ritual and a big part of that appreciation for drinking coffee. I guess it’s comparable to cooking – it just tastes better when you made it yourself.