Would you ever give a switch as a gift? (And 10 other design icons for less than 5 euros)

Milestones of anonymous design, objects that have been iconized by art or everyday life, masterpieces living incognito: giving a design gift might cost less than we expected.

Would you ever gift somebody with a switch? Not a unique piece, no rare wood or ceramics. Just a switch. We would suggest you hold on for a while, before dropping any categorical answer. Should you suddenly learn what we are talking about is the project that Achille Castiglioni was most proud of, would you still give that same answer? Or would you immediately think of someone who would probably appreciate such a gift?

Let’s repeat the experiment, with the canned tomato soup you might be bringing with you, back form a trip. Alright: too easy. Easy to guess the brand, the reason, and its value as a gift. 

Many objects can be found, within the 5-euro price range, that are actual icons of the so-called anonymous design, or objects that have been iconized by history or art, or objects coming from the work of famous designers that we might just have neglected so far. Domus is proposing a synthetic and heterogeneous collection, to be enjoyed with no fear to be gifting just a can of tomato soup.  

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