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What Richard Meier Can’t Live Without

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked artist and architect Richard Meier about the armchair, glue stick, and electrolyte drink he can’t live without.

This pen writes well and is precise because it’s so thin, but what I love most about it is that it’s disposable. I lose it all the time and it doesn’t matter because it’s so inexpensive. I can’t trust myself with a truly pricey pen, but this one gets the job done with that simple, extra-fine ball point.

Whenever you’re thirsty, it’s a very good thirst quencher. It’s not heavy at all. Most days I just drink water or lemon-lime Gatorade. I don’t really drink it as a sports drink, actually. I think when you exercise it’s probably better to have water. But if you’re thirsty, you can have it, and it quenches your thirst.

It’s delicious. I do like it much better than the others. Would I say it’s less sweet than Country Time? I wouldn’t, in fact. It’s actually quite sweet. I save it as a special treat. I must really enjoy the taste of lemon.

I have a huge number of architecture and art books, none of which I can live without. My library is filled with them. Depending on when you’re speaking to me, it could be any book. I just got a book on Louis Kahn called something like, “Talk to the Brick.” I used to go to bookstores, but now I’ll just find something and buy it on Amazon. It’s so convenient.

It’s a classic chair that’s beautiful and comfortable. It’s great design. And of course the fact that Corbusier created it makes it that much more interesting. I have two in New York and two in my summer home in East Hampton. They’re all black leather. Only black leather.

I do collages and so the glue stick is really an easy thing to paste paper with. I don’t know if it’s the absolute best because I only know of the one from UHU. It’s what I’ve used all my life. I’ve never been disappointed, so I suppose it’s the best.

Besides doing collages in my spare time, I do watercolors, and these are the pads that I order from Paris. They come in all different sizes, small 7-by-10 to medium 9-by-12 to large 18-by-24. You can also get them either smooth or rough, depending on what you want to work with. They’re better than other ones I’ve tried primarily because of the quality of the paper. You can tell it’s better and thicker and more durable.

On weekends you want to dress casually, and this T-shirt fits well and is nice material. You can wash it several times, and it doesn’t fray. I prefer black T-shirts over any color.

I wouldn’t know where I’m going without it. I have the planner right on my desk and get myself a new one every year to track my every day. I like this version because you always know where you’re going — I’ll write it down, and then I can bring it with me anywhere. No, I don’t use my phone to do any of that.

Unfortunately, they’re no longer available for purchase unless you buy them vintage, but these plates are something I designed for Swid Powell many years ago. Fortunately, I bought them for myself before they were discontinued — I had to buy them, yes! — so I have them in my New York and East Hampton homes. So I truly eat off my own plates.

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What Richard Meier Can’t Live Without