When I was young my family had a subscription to National Geographic magazine. I started saving maps included with the issues when I was about 8 years old and my interest in them, the information they contain, and the way they’re designed, has never waned. I could spend hours talking about maps and the way they’ve helped document the world’s history. I’ve always been a history and science buff and believe a well-designed map helps tell those stories.
This artefact has a special space in my kitchen all to it’s own. My wife gave me this mortar and pestle which I use for grinding spices and making curry pastes and molé. The thing I love about a mortar and pestle is that it’s a perfect tool that does exactly what it needs to do and hasn’t changed in over 35,000 years.