i am a firm believer in everyday objects' aesthetic input counting in the overall total of my wellbeing. as far as i can, i try to surround myself with things that are not only functional but also beautiful.
for me the idea of getting "whatever does the job" has never had much appeal for the simple reason that controlling chaos is what gets me through the day and aesthetic delectation has much to do with coherence. needless to say, i have gone to ridiculous lengths in acquiring items that please my demanding, albeit not necessarily classically inclined, eye.
i first found out about this dishcloth from salka's blog. her initial response was mild amusement towards a "gift idea for those who already have everything".
usually products that people refer to as such are items that have very little additional value compared to those considered typical representatives of product categories. that is, in dishcloth world it would be a clever picture that adds a few extra euros to an otherwise ordinary piece.
warning: i am going to be doting on a dishcloth. those who find this too amusing or disturbing should stop reading right about now.
although i can grasp the source of the amusement, i was instantly fascinated by the raggety thing. i liked the simple design, and because i have grown to consider the amount that goes into disposable rags an investment no less considerable, it didn't occur to me that paying a little over 30€ for a dishcloth was all that much. the thing is, i am also quite particular about the cleanliness and state of the piece i wipe my tabletops with...
what got me really excited were the details of the kitchen rag:
first, it is machine washable which means it can be used over and over again. the package comes with two for easy exchanges between washes.
second, it is microfibre which means less or no detergent is needed for normal cleaning.
third, it has a foamy core which means it absorbs efficiently and stands upright when not in use.
fourth, i comes with a streamlined stand where it dries between uses to gather less of those yucky smells so typical of dishcloths.
therefore, i got my own from formverk. after six months and several washes both are as good as new. the stand looks impeccable and the rag works wonders. the biggest bonus is that it also looks amazing – something you just do not expect from a folded rag hanging from your tap no matter how bright the color or amusing an anecdote it's got on it.
a splurge in the right place, i would say.
do you get strange pleasure from mundane everyday objects?