Pick me up a blender on your way back from work, my girlfriend asked me. And there I stood, in a heavily lit kitchen appliance shop in front of fifteen neatly polished blenders.
Anyone can make a gratuitous list of 50 iconic objects. Or curate a subjective list of 100 pretty things. These lists will all include usual suspects such as the Porsche 911 and the Barbour waxed jacket.
It’s human nature to judge, evaluate and express a preference. Criticism is one of man’s basic survival instincts: he simply wants to avoid things that are not good for him.
An iconic object is something extremely successful and admired. It is coveted by everybody, the flagship model. However, it can also be a representative of an object category.