It’s hard to explain quite how brilliant this box of suggestions and anecdotes, signs and games is. It’s a great idea, of course: what’s not to love about a box of wordy and visual tricks that will magically brighten up the way you live your everyday, domestic life – but it sounds sort of impossible to pull off, at least with any lightness. And yet Will Hobson, the box’s author, has done just that and better than you could ever imagine. The glory of this box isn’t in its conceit, appealing as that is, but in its content and detail. Oh, it’s so funny. The box contains some relatively straightforward things, such as 20 ‘Notes to Self’ (great quotes), A Household Manual, and a red and yellow card – always handy for sudden misdemeanours in the home, but the more you read the more hysterical it gets. There’s a room service menu that makes us cry with laughter. So does the Visitor’s Contract. But it’s all so original and good. And as it’s designed and published by Redstone it looks great too. A perfect present, for self and others.
And if you like the Household Box – perhaps you can tell that we are fans – then you shouldn’t miss Will Hobson’s talk, titled Knock, Knock. Who’s There? We Are! The idiosyncratic delights of home, at the V&A’s Reading Rooms on November 10th. The talk is free, but booking is essential, which you can do by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. But email immediately if you want a place, as Hobson has many fans and the talk is bound to be as idiosyncratic, charming and funny as the box.