i typically don't go to niche museums but i was at the tiny old village of gräfrath in germany for a day + came across deutsches klingenmuseum (german blade museum). for some reason i went in.
what i learned in my 2 hours there:
trivial tools that are basic commodities in our daily lives were once intricate ornate pieces of art that took loads of time to make. before there was social media and a constant flow of entertainment + stimulants in people's lives, they made things into art that didn't need to be art.
everything is a design object. everything should aesthetically please us, be beautiful.
form + funktion. together.