My greatest literary love has always been for books that teach me something I don't know. At this point, most books that fit this description are the types of nonfiction books on the Times best seller lists, but some of my favorite all-time books came from the Klutz series.
The Klutz series of books consisted of instruction manuals that were attached to the fun toys the manuals described how to use. A cat's cradle picture book came with a set of fancy strings, a how-to yo-yo set came with a brand new yo-yo, and one of my personal favorites, the origami book, came with a pad of colorful pieces of paper. I thought that the little swans and frogs were so pretty and fun to make that origami became a hobby of mine for a while.
So, it's not much of a stretch to imagine why I may be drawn to this folding bread board from the MoMA store. It can be used in the square position for round loaves, or it can be unfolded into a shape that's perfect for long loaves like crusty baguettes or garlic bread. It also has cute little trenches that catch crumbs.
Designed by Hiroyuki Arai, the board is part of an exclusive collection for the MoMA store that highlights lifestyle products from Japan. Its exclusive nature is reflected in the price: the folding board comes in at a steep $75. Maybe it's not something you'd buy for everyday use, but it's definitely a cool conversation piece (or a good addition to a bridal registry). You can see the board and other things on the MoMA Store's Web site.