Chicago | September 18, 2014 9:00 am

Field Manual

By The Editors

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”

Einstein’s first rule of work.

Also the first rule of workspace, according to these guys:

Field, a collective of designers peddling smart, minimalist objects, taking orders now.

Birthed in Chicago and Washington, D.C., Field specializes in items best described as “modern antiques.” Most are manufactured right here in the Midwest. All are built to improve your home or office.

Each piece in their growing collection speaks to an understated, industrial aesthetic: things that look good and have a purpose.

A few standouts:

Plus: goods from all over the globe that have received the “Field Approved” stamp, like the Opinel No. 8 classic pocket knife or our favorite, a stamped steel toolbox from Japan.

They scouted the latter from a small hardware store in Tokyo.

Simplicity found among the clutter.

Well done.