Historically, people have filled their homes with an assortment of objects that are both practical and personal: vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, books and photo albums. Today, as most of these taste signifiers have come to be consumed and stored digitally, more fluid, temporary interior design objects have swept in to fill the gap. Depending on your tastes, these might include rose-gold pineapples, drink trolleys, a bust sculpture, tiny vases or display trays—objects that don’t reveal personal preferences but rather convey This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Nine Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 40 Object Matters A searching history of the crossword. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Object Matters A potted history of the bonsai tree. Arts & Culture Issue 36 Object Matters A fluff-free history of the pillow. Arts & Culture Issue 21 Hikari Yokoyama With her impeccable eye and sense of entrepreneurialism, Hikari Yokoyama is charting her own course through the contemporary art world. Arts & Culture Issue 21 Amy Sall Amy Sall reflects on her Senegalese heritage and how its physical reminders shepherd her sense of home—wherever she may be. Arts & Culture Issue 21 Remembered Light Sally Mann writes intimately of her relationship with Cy Twombly and the photographs she made of his studio before Twombly's death in 2011.