Intense connections to physical objects may seem antiquated during a digital era in which tangibility is increasingly devalued. Many of us, however, pepper our lives with inanimate things, be they items placed around the home or worn on the body. As dependent on the incorporeal cloud as someone may be, the thought of losing a family heirloom, Hand of Fatima pendant, wedding ring, or an otherwise unassuming object has the power to elicit worry and tears. The security objects of early childhood are often the first step on a lifelong journey of building attachments to particular items. Many believe that these generally soft possessions, such as blankets and stuffed animals, serve as substitutes for the mother. Much like a parent, they too are considered singular and irreplaceable. In 2007, Bruce Hood of the University of Bristol designed an experiment in which 22 children between the ages of three and six were told that a complex-looking This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Design Interiors Issue 25 Modernismo The São Paulo home of Julio Roberto Katinsky is a living, breathing masterpiece of Brazilian modernism: all curves, concrete and creeping vegetation. Fashion Food Issue 25 Primal Pleasure Natural tones and earthy flavors: Celebrating the deep comfort of some of nature’s staples. Fashion Issue 25 Color Block A tableau vivant for fall, inspired by the compositions of Piet Mondrian. Arts & Culture Design Issue 25 Facial Recognition Finding friendly faces in functional objects. Design Food Issue 25 How to Wrap Five Eggs How to handle even the humblest of objects with care. Fashion Issue 25 OXOSI Two entrepreneurs create a new platform for contemporary African style and stories.