Debra Folz's Uncommon Keepsakes

Debra Folz's Uncommon Keepsakes

Sarah Coffey
Feb 9, 2011

Store History

  • Founded by: Debra Folz
  • Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

I got an email from Debra Folz the other day and was immediately intrigued by her "Whole Story" photo album. Designed to perch on a coffee table or shelf like sculpture, it has a removable spine that allows you to expand the book, accordion-style, and display your photographs as art. Debra describes these objects as a combination of "traditional bookbinding techniques and contemporary engineering."

Her other designs also explore concepts of time and memory. "Accumulation" is a keepsake box that comes with geometric "barnacles." Over time, the owner moves the barnacles from the inside to the exterior of the box, filling it with keepsakes. Similarly, "Thru Comparison" is a contemporary interpretation of an hourglass. Beads flow through a two-tiered glass vessel, revealing messages and images inscribed inside the bowl.

Designed to make you think about the passage of time, Debra's uncommon objects would make a unique gift for a new parent. While most of these designs are currently in the prototype stages of production, the Whole Story Album is available for purchase through her site for $150.

Debra's studio is located in Boston's South End neighborhood, and she currently teaches furniture design at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University.

The Whole Story Albums, $150
Accumulation Keepsake Box, prototype
Stretch Shelves, prototype
Thru Comparison Hourglass, prototype
X-Stitch Stool, prototype

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