Can by Casalinga; bowl and glass bottle by Menu; cup by HAY; round bowl by Studio Arhoj; glass by Notre Dame Happiness is often viewed as an ethereal and esoteric concept—a feeling that’s more governed by destiny and circumstance than the product of a well-developed scheme. But living a fulfilled life is mostly within our control, and it’s highly receptive to strategies inspired by creative disciplines. By borrowing from the way designers solve problems—sometimes referred to as design thinking—we can generate innovative solutions for achieving greater happiness. The conversation regarding the relationship between design and happiness has gained traction in recent years. Whether it’s a witty billboard that makes us chuckle on our commute to work or a chaise lounge perfectly contoured to our spine, the objects and experiences that get the little details right can boost our appreciation of both the world around us and ourselves. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Eighteen Buy Now Related Stories Design Fashion Issue 47 Hot Desk The many faces of a multifunctional workstation. Design Inside Looking Out A rewilding of interior design in the heart of Milan. Design Issue 44 An Unmovable Feast A place setting stitched for every season. Design Partnerships Together Again The return of the small gathering, in partnership with Fritz Hansen. Design Issue 42 Light Snack A luminous celebration of gelatin. Design Interiors Issue 42 Studio Tour: Fernando Caruncho Gardens sit between the natural and the artificial. George Upton meets the man mediating between the two.