advertisement
advertisement

5 Unsung Inventions That Make The Holidays Bearable

The Hive tips a hat to the season’s unsung heroes whose inventions, from the ornament hook to the fire log to the idiot string, make the holidays suck a little less.

advertisement
advertisement

Your life would be dark and sad right now if not for the California Cedar Products Company. Never heard of them? They’re the guys who, in 1968, combined wax with 174 tons of shavings from their pencil factory to create the world’s first commercial fire logs.

advertisement

The fire log–that modest purveyor of Christmas cheer, that wintertime convenience that relegated the axe to a place it’d never been in history, the hipster wall–is one of five seasonal inventions that the Toronto-based branding studio The Hive celebrates in a larky set of holiday greeting cards.

Each features a sunny photograph by Andrew B. Myers and a brief, decidedly non-academic history of the invention (“kudos to you, nameless inventor of the boot dryer”). The cards tip a hat toward ideas both great (the ornament hook) and, well, greater (the idiot string). The commonality, as the designers suggest, is this: All make “your holidays more bearable.” We’ll raise a glass of eggnog to that. Speaking of: Shouldn’t that get its own Christmas card, too?

[Images via The Hive]

advertisement

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

More