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May 15 2012 6:18 AM

The Evolution of Everyday Objects

How smart design makes good things great.


Read all the stories in Slate’s new series on the evolution of everyday design. And don’t forget to nominate everyday objects you’d like us to cover at




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top chair

broom factory


Foil enclosures, silk thread, and pin shank buttons.
Foil enclosures, silk thread, and pin shank buttons.

Courtesy of Button Country.


Uros Petrovic


This sardine fork hails from England,
This sardine fork hails from England, 1875-1900. Sardine forks had extra tines, which helped keep the slippery sardines from falling off the utensil.

Courtesy of V&A Museum.

Arizona's specialty plate.
Arizona's specialty plate.

Arizona Department of Transportation.

The improved "Space Command" remote.
The improved "Space Command" remote came with four buttons—power, tune up, tune down, and mute. This version dates from the 1970s.

Todd Ehlers/ Flickr.


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