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Brief Published: 6 Aug 2012

Heirloom by Nikki George Ferguson


Heirloom, by recent product design graduate Nikki George Ferguson, is a product designed to encourage emotional attachment to objects, elevating them from everyday items to prized possessions.

The user puts their chosen item on display in the glass jar and then uses the device on the side to record their thoughts and memories on the object; passing on both the object and its story to the next generation.

Future owners are able to interact with Heirloom like an analogue radio, tuning through the memories with their predecessors’ signatures on the dial as a guide. In turn, the new owners can record their own memories, capturing the lifetime of the object and transforming it into a sacred family artifact.

Ferguson graduated this summer from the University of Dundee in the UK and was awarded the Virgin Atlantic Award for Product Design at the New Designers graduate design fair in London this year. For more inspiration with similar themes, see our Interiors Industry Trend Homage A/W 13-14.

Nikki George Ferguson