The Heirloom by Nikki George Ferguson

Everyone has special possessions or treasures that they hold onto in hopes of eventually passing them down to others in the family. Nikki George Ferguson explores people’s emotional holds on certain mementos in what she calls The Heirloom. After doing research, it led her to ask, “Can you encourage people to make an attachment to objects?”

In The Heirloom, the sentimental object is put on display in a glass jar for people to appreciate. There is a spot for people to then record their thoughts or memories of the object that can then be passed down for others of later generations to hear. It, in turn, becomes a meaningful piece and a symbol of family members that have passed.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.