Objects of Desire: What Do 4 Automotive Giants Keep in Their Glove Compartment?

"We spend so much time making sure the car is weighted properly and that there's no noise in the cab, why would I fill it with things that jangle around?"

Photograph by Victor Prado; Prop styling by Philip Shubin.

At this week's New York Auto Show, we asked some of the industry's key players what they keep in their glove box. Some of the answers might surprise you. Plus—read on to shop our own Objects of Desire (above).

"I have a small post-card-size guide book in my glove box called "Guide to Southern California Surf Spots," by Surfer's Magazine. It's 160 pages—all of the great surf spots in Southern California that are real gems, from the pristine pointbreaks in Santa Barbara to the urban beaches of L.A. to some of the obscure reef breaks in San Diego. The guide goes through more of the unknown spots that you discover when you're searching for the perfect wave on a perfect day."—Laurenz Schaffer, president of BMWGroup DesignworksUSA

"This is so obvious but I keep a pair of soft, low-cut calfskin gloves that I bought when I got my Porsche 356. And a pair of Pilot Ray-Ban sunglasses. To me, it's symbolic of a good drive—the top down, the wind blowing—now they all come with me."—Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti North America

"I keep a roll of drafting tape in my glove box, actually. It sounds strange, but I teach a course at the Art Center College of Design and one of the sessions involve looking at cars. I use the tape on the surfaces to show sections inside and out clearly to the students."—Jae Min, the general manager of interior design testing for Audi

"Nothing. We spend so much time making sure the car is weighted properly and that there's no noise in the cab, why would I fill it with keys and coins, things that jangle around? I keep mine empty."—Luc Donckerwolke, director of design for Bentley

  1. SkinCeuticals SPF 50 sunscreen, $34; skinceuticals.com

    1. Chrome dial tire gauge, $9; autozone.com

    2. Comme des Garçons wallet, $105; doverstreetmarket.com

    3. Three Jerks filet mignon beef jerky, $15; threejerksjerky.com

    4. Map of downtown San Francisco, $10; redmapguides.com

    5. Houdini jacket, $100; patagonia.com

    6. Sawyer Jungle Juice insect repellent, $8; rei.com

    7. Nitecore flashlight, $39; bhphotovideo.com

    8. Brunello Cucinelli wool pocket square, $160; 212-627-9202.

    9. Ursa Major face wipe, $24 for a box of 20; ursamajormen.com

    10. Crankbrothers multi-tool, $20; ems.com

    11. Mophie powerstation XL charger, $130; mophie.com

    12. Otter Wax leather salve, $10; otterwax.com

    13. Dashboard hula dancer, $10; myriahsbazaar .com

    14. Persol folding sunglasses, $380; sunglasshut.com

    15. Nikon Aculon binoculars, $70; nikonsportoptics.com

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