Industrial Design Insights: Developing Stanley Stand February 10 2016, 0 Comments
Have you heard? Stanley went live on Kickstarter at the beginning of February, and we've already reached our goal! This product was a long time in the making. We introduced brand new materials to our line that required ample time testing and prototyping.
Entirely made in the USA, Stanley features a leather and felt exterior with solid steel-core construction give Stanley a distinguished look and adaptable functionality. The versatility was our aim from the start.
In 2012, we launched our very first Kickstarter: Snooze, a bedside dock custom fit for the iPhone 4 and 5 – but since then, phones have gotten bigger, iPhones aren't the only popular smartphone, and phablets are a thing...
So once again we found ourselves facing a problem that needed solving: A pleasant place for our phones to perch. This time, we set out to design a stand that would function well and look great not just on a bedside table or desk, but also in an entry way, by the couch, in the kitchen – anywhere in your home. We also didn't want to limit its use to iPhones, so we scrapped Snooze and started from scratch. Working with some of our favorite materials, we developed something entirely new... something more flexible – literally!
We started out with some really great and adaptable forms, but quickly realized they didn't have the most stable geometry or all the flexibility we needed. After experimenting with some bendable metal samples we had around the office, we quickly made some proof-of-concept models; there was something there, but it needed a lot of refinement. After a few iterations, we developed a simple construction that focused the bending in just three points which gave us enough freedom of motion to adapt to any useful viewing angle.
After testing interior metals such as lead, copper, and steel. Pliable, but also sturdy, we found that the sheet steel was the best core material to make our design perform.
We're thrilled with the final outcome of our material research and testing! Our team developed a product that achieves what we set out to design.
+ Bendable sections adjust to various heights and viewing angles
+ Compatible with smartphones and small tablets, including cases
+ Surprisingly heavy, Stanley will sit and stay wherever you need a stand
+ Cable pass-through holds your charging cable right where you need it
+ Looks great in any room – a welcome departure from typical tech docks
Mardi Gras Picks at Objective February 08 2016, 0 Comments
Purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. We've rounded up our favorite Mardi Gras colored items from Objective Design Shop! Also shown are some crazy delicious King Cake cookies from our favorite, Brown's Court, a sinfully good bakery and cafe right around the corner from our studio.
Not only are we celebrating Fat Tuesday with cookies, but we're giving you 15% off any Wally Wallet! Just use code MARDIPARTY at checkout!
M.R.K.T. Benson Dopp Kit One of Lindsay's favorite things at Objective, this Dopp Kit is roomy, with plenty of pockets for organization. It's made of vegan leather and felt and is perfect for traveling.
Most Modest Hough Square Most Modest can't do wrong by way of desk organization. The Hough square is the best storage vessel that's unconventional in materials and impeccable in craftsmanship.
The Monocle Guide to Better Living A classic. This book is stunningly beautiful inside and out. Come browse all volumes of the Monocle Guides at Objective!
KeepCup If we haven't already made our fandom of KeepCup crystal clear enough, WE LOVE KEEP CUP! These barista-approved reusable cups are available in virtually any color combo. How adorable is it in the 8 oz size? Next time you order your caramel macchiato at Starbucks, take this cup with you and make it a tall. Save calories and the planet.
Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! Don't do anything we wouldn't do ;)
Stanley is now LIVE on Kickstarter! February 04 2016, 0 Comments
We've launched! Stanley is now live on Kickstarter. Checkout the campaign page to find out all about why we wanted to produce a flexible stand for your phone and tablet with a special place for your charging cord. Back Stanley now and and snag your early bird price!
Distil Union's January Instagram Highlights January 30 2016, 0 Comments
This January has set the pace for 2016 and we've hit the ground running. Huzzah!
+ Did you hear? Objective Design Shop remains open! Come up and shop with us Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm, and come celebrate the GRAND (RE)OPENING + LIVE Kickstarter launch with us on Thursday, February 4th. All are welcome.
+ In the middle of the month, our co-founders Lindsay and Nate high-tailed it outta chilly Chucktown for blue water and warmer weather to spend a long weekend in the scenic Bahamas. There was much reflecting on 2015 and planning for 2016. Oh, and naps, there were also naps.
+ We've been styling and shooting for our next Kickstarter, which launches very soon. We can't stand waiting to share it with you, but it won't be much longer! Come celebrate and experience the launch with us on Thursday, February 4th for our first ever Kickstarter Launch Party and Objective Grand (Re)Opening! (If you're reading this, you're invited.)
+ Wally Micro is on the market! We successfully mailed out the first batch of Wally Micros to our Kickstarter Backers. Round 2 is currently in production, and Micro will be available on the website very soon.
+ It's our pleasure to share our newly formed partnership with American Design Club! These guys display in all the major markets and are the bomb dot com. Look for our products in their tradeshow booths in New York, Atlanta, and Las Vegas!
+ State Bags interviewed... us! They reached out for a quick Q&A for their blog. Check out Nate's insightful answers to their thought-provoking questions, especially "what advice would you give to yourself ten years ago?"
You're Invited to our Next Kickstarter Launch – LIVE! January 29 2016, 0 Comments
This will be our sixth crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and, if fully funded, will enable us to begin production of our next product. The launch party offers an unprecedented opportunity to see product models and talk with the designers. The new product is a noticeable departure from our line of Wally Pull-Tab wallets, which coincidentally celebrate their 3rd birthday the same week!
Wally's Birthday, Objective's Grand (Re)Opening, AND the Kickstarter goes LIVE! There's so much to celebrate, we hope you'll join us in person or on Kickstarter.
Pablo's Cameo in Charleston Art Mag January 25 2016, 0 Comments
The Art Mag is Charleston's quarterly publication for happenings in the art community and local events. The Winter 2016 edition was released as the "Nature & Nurture Issue" featuring wildlife- and landscape-centric artwork and the artists who create it. In a piece titled Modern Wild, Marjorie Rawle features artists Rachelle Oatman, Colby Caldwell, and Michele Kortbawi Wilk (above).
With a dose of whimsy, a nod to ancient and modern methods, and a hint of pop art, we’re dubbing these “modern wild.” –Marjorie Rawle, The Art Mag
Photographed by Karson Photography with art direction by Elizabeth Bulwinkle, the stylists stopped by to shop our lamp selection at Objective – and scooped up the Tube Top from Pablo. This lamp (one of our faves) perfectly accented the modern and bright set created for the shoot.
DU's Favorite Crowd-Funding Campaigns in January January 22 2016, 0 Comments
MOGICS Power Donut & Bagel - Share the Power. Save the Space. This portable device from MOGICS is the world's first travel power strip. And who doesn't love a donut??
Ruggie - How's your New Year's resolution of "wake up earlier" going? That's what we thought... You need Ruggie! The alarm sounds until it feels your body weight for three seconds– forcing you to get out of bed. At least for three seconds...
BONCHO - Bike Poncho. Stay fashionably dry on your commute with a Boncho. While we're not 100% convinced of the fashionable part, we do love the idea of rolling up to work not being drenched.
Prepd - To help us keep another New Year's Resolution, we're loving this beautiful lunchbox and app to help you plan meals and transport them in minimalist style. That curved wood spine reminds us of the Lumio, one of our favorite Kickstarters of all time!
The Ultimate Cutting Board. Just as the name suggests, this is the "Swiss Army knife of cutting boards." But be quick, you only have a chance to be a backer until February 3rd.
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State Bags Interviews... Us! January 21 2016, 1 Comment
State Bags recently interviewed our industrial designer, Nate Justiss, for some insights on our 4-year-old product design start-up and newly opened Objective Design Shop. We wanted to share Nate's insightful answer to State's thought-provoking question: What advice would you give yourself ten years ago?
Read the rest of the interview over at State Bags, and come on up to chat with Nate in person at our design studio, 525 King Street upstairs – where you can also shop our selection of wonderful State Bags!
Feature Friday | Business Insider's Most Popular Products of 2015 Includes Wally Bifold! January 15 2016, 1 Comment
Recently, Wally Bifold was named by Business Insider as one of the most popular products of 2015! Seeing Wally mentioned in the company of Amazon Echo (one of our faves) is a spectacular way to wrap up 2015.
"To quickly reiterate why it's so great: It's incredibly slim, but thoughtfully designed to still be able to hold all of your daily essentials. (That's up to 12 cards, plus a metal money-clip inside for all the dollar bills you're lucky enough to have on you.) Made from genuine Argentine leather, it looks sharp for the price." –Ellen Hoffman
Be sure to check out the other seven sweet gadgets. If you love Wally, you'll love the rest!
Design That Inspires | Most Modest January 13 2016, 0 Comments
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Feature Friday: TechRadar January 08 2016, 0 Comments
The electronics and technology hub TechRadar recently featured Wally Case on their list of Best Cases for iPhone 6s. Here's a bit of what they had to say for why Wally is one of the best to choose from:
"Wallet cases don't get more minimalist than this offering from Distil Union. Its polycarbonate bumper casing is quite simple, providing decent edge buffering for your phone with a clean matte finish, but the soft, genuine leather covering on the back is where it's at.
It's the perfect 'smart' wallet, if you like." -By Tim Hardwick and James Rogerson, TechRadar
Wow, thanks Tim and James! We're guessing some of you were lucky enough to find a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus under the tree, and you're now shopping for cases... Make a New Year's Resolution to simplify your daily carry with a Wally Wallet, which combines your iPhone case and minimal wallet into one sleek, secret solution.
Product Review: Joseph Joseph and KeepCup at the Office January 07 2016, 0 Comments
We're seriously upping our office-lunch leftover game here at DU! Today Lindsay snapped a photo of her noms using some of the best-sellers from Objective, our in-studio pop-up shop – here's her review:
+ Cool Touch Bowl by Joseph Joseph: The double-walled design keeps your food hot and your hands cool, so you can enjoy your meal right out of the microwave. And I love the vibrant persimmon color featured across their entire M-Cuisine line.
+ Cutlery Set by Joseph Joseph: A handy little offering from their GoEat line, I like how the magnetic knife keeps all three of my utensils together. It makes me a bit nostalgic for the mess kits I used as a young Girl Scout, but the silicone cover makes it modern.
+ KeepCup: I drink multiple cups of hot tea and ice water out of this baby on a daily basis. And it's lightweight enough to toss into my bag when I head up the street for a cafe break. KeepCup is making it easy for me to keep one of my New Year's Resolutions: No more paper or plastic disposable cups!
Follow our Office Noms board on Pinterest for more product ideas and recipes (yep, including cocktails) to try at your office:
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...and the Pop-Up continues! January 06 2016, 0 Comments
Our holiday pop-up, Objective Design Shop, was such a success that we want to keep it running for a bit longer! Thanks so much for all of your support over the past weeks. We're happy Charleston's response to a much-needed design store was a welcoming one. Your favorite products in Novemer and December were Keysmart, Orbitkey, Joey Mugs from Fellow, and our own Wally Wallets!
Starting today, we'll be open 12-6pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. You get more days for modern design! Huzzah!To stay up-to-date with the latest inventory in our brick-and-mortar store, follow our Pinterest board. Visit Distil Union's Pinterest.
EDC Product Review: The Smith Bag by State January 05 2016, 0 Comments
One of our very favorite bag lines, STATE is here at our pop-up store, Objective Design Shop – and we're here to give you a first-hand review! Ever since we began stocking these great bags, Mary has been carrying The Smith bag in black. In this everyday-carry product review, she lays out the facts on why it gets two thumbs way up...
"Since I ride my bike to and from work everyday, I had been on the lookout for a backpack to carry my essentials in. The materials immediately grabbed my attention, as the canvas on the body and twill on the straps are extremely durable, and have resisted any fading and wear after 2 months of daily use. Bags with separate spaces also rank high in my book, so the small outer pocket and hidden, even-smaller side pocket satisfy my organizational needs.
To stay up-to-date with the latest everyday carry finds, and inventory in our brick-and-mortar store, follow our Pinterest board. Visit Distil Union's Pinterest.
What initially drew me to The Smith bag was its versatility. When it's not being worn as a backpack, it can pass as a more dressed up tote bag. The antiqued brass hardware and leather hem both help to add interest and elevate the look. Overall, it's still quite casual, but for the price point, this is an awesome little bag, perfect for everyday carry.
Aesthetics aside, the best feature of this bag is undoubtedly the company behind it. State Bags is a Benefit Corporation, and with every backpack sold, they give another one filled with school supplies to an American child in need. Furthermore, their amazing philanthropy extends far beyond material giving. At their "Bag Drop" events, volunteers from State lead motivational rallies that empower the children receiving the bags. Wow." –DU Marketing Ninja, Mary Streeter
#2015BestNine January 04 2016, 0 Comments
2015 was a HUGE year! We've gathered our top 9 moments on instagram, including: Our amazing new teammates Brian and Mary, being named among Charleston's 50 Most Progressive, moving to a big new studio, funding Wally Micro on Kickstarter, introducing new gray Wallys (Pemba approved!), and last but not least.. opening Objective, our dream shop inside the new studio!
Nate and I couldn't be more grateful, or more motivated to make 2016 one to be as proud of. Thank you so much for being part of our journey!
Distil Union's December Instagram Highlights January 04 2016, 0 Comments
What a way to wrap up 2015. Our 4th and most spectacular year in operation, lots happened in the month of December. Here's a recap:
+Our latest Kickstarter project, Wally Micro, wrapped up production and shipped to all of our Backers! We were happy Micro found himself under the tree this year, and we're gearing up to make him available on our website.
+Jetsetter or Desk Jockey, we've still got you covered with well-designed objects to add swag to your style. (Both awesome photos by our resident photographer, Brian).
+Sip of the Day is going strong at Objective Design Shop. We had a holiday happy hour hosted by Holy City Brewing, with free beer for all of our shoppers. We hope to have another in the future, so follow along on Twitter, Facebook or instagram to find out first!
+Objective Design Shop is now online! We've selected just a few of our offerings to be on the new e-commerce site, so our out-of-town friends can still shop with us.
+We participated in quite a few shopping events in December and extended our store hours. The Shop and Stroll, Second Sunday, and Men's Shopping night all hosted by King Street Marketing Group. We're feeling lucky to have our new home on Upper King – it's a happnenin' neighborhood!
DU's Favorite Crowd-Funding Campaigns in December December 21 2015, 0 Comments
Pavilion: Wireless Speaker & D-Spiral Acoustic System Artful, innovative, and modern, this wireless speaker is a lovely exploration of materials, combining concrete, capacitive-touch oak, and a striking swirl of copper. They still have a ways to go to reach their funding goal, but the good news is there are still a few weeks to back this beauty! #DryIce
Nintendo NES Library Guide & Review Book of 750+ Games A gamer's dream. This compilation of guides and reviews for Nintendo games is fully funded, but still has room for backers!
Prank Greeting Cards that do not stop playing music These prank greeting cards had us laughing earlier this year, and now they're back! Give someone a card with a kind message, then devilishly smile to yourself knowing once they press play on the music, it WILL NOT STOP until the battery dies 3 hours later. The creators plan to add glitter to make cards even more annoying. Wait, more annoying – or more awesome?...
Kangol 504: Bring Jobs to America with Bollman Hat Company Help bring production of Kangol hats to the stateside Bollman Hat Company. Good for the economy. Good for your personal style. Go fund these guys pronto!
Norlan Whisky Glass We're big fans of double-walled glasses, and this unique one caught our eye just after the campaign closed. Dram! (hehe)... The inner wall has "fins" to better aerate the spirit, which they're calling bio-mimicry – and we're calling just plain cool.
LOCAL LOVE Butcher & Bee Nashville and Workshop Charleston One of our favorite Charleston restaurants, Butcher & Bee, has big plans for another great space here in town called Workshop. Their efforts to utilize local and regional artisans to outfit the new space is admiral to say the least (these things aren't cheap and are well worth the investment). The campaign is over now and wasn't quite successful, but we hope they can scrape together the funds otherwise; watch the video for a peek at what's in store – beyond the mouth-watering noms!
To stay up-to-date with our latest crowd-funded finds, follow our Pinterest board.Visit Distil Union's Pinterest.
Feature Friday | Wally's one of The Year's Best Gadgets! December 18 2015, 0 Comments
Is it Christmas already!? This morning we woke up to one of the best gifts we can imagine – Slate.com included Wally Bifold in their round-up of The Year's Best Gadgets. Whoa.
"You may not think of wallets as technology, but this one from the Charleston, South Carolina, design startup Distil Union reminds us that even the most basic tools can be made new with a little ingenuity. It also happens to be perfect for the mobile age, when we need fewer physical cards and paper receipts than ever... The result is a wallet so thin, even with a dozen cards and several bills stuffed inside, that you might forget you’re carrying it." —Will Oremus (adapted from his Feb. 19 Wally Bifold review)
Thanks, Will! Thanks, Slate! You made Christmas come early this year :)
Design That Inspires: Blockitecture by Areaware December 18 2015, 0 Comments
The colorful Blockitecture Habitat architectural block set by Areaware, designed by James Paulius has been a top seller here at Objective Design Shop. And in some exciting news, we now carry the Garden City version – complete with white-washed façades, green landscaped terraces, and cantilevers –
"When I started thinking about Blockitecture® Garden City, I wanted people to create and explore their own world through play. I especially wanted this world to be optimistic, hopeful, and uplifting. It's always refreshing for me to see buildings with greenery, especially in the mostly concrete New York City where I'm living." -James Paulius
Both sets are perfect for the pint-sized aspiring architect in your life... or full the full-grown architect in your life... or anyone who likes playing with blocks in general! We've failed to resist stacking 'em up in different formations in the shop on the daily.
In addition to these being beautiful and designerly, the best thing about having the Garden City set and the Habitat set is they can be combined into one GIGANTIC block city!
Wally Micro: From Production to Fulfillment December 16 2015, 0 Comments
Wally Micro is ready to ship, and we're ecstatic to be so close to completion of our 5th Kickstarter campaign! As a whole, production has been quite smooth and, for the most part, on schedule. We're happy that our Backers in the US will have Micro in time for stuffing stockings.
Manufactured at a cut-and-sew facility right here in the Southeast, the components of Wally Micro are made of die-cut vegetable tanned Tuscan leather. I've been to many many factories in my career and this is one of the cleanest and well-run. Thus, we were especially glad to find such a great spot in the US – and one that's just a car ride away from our home in Charleston. This is our first product they've done for us, and it's been an outstanding experience. The process photos above are courtesy of their team!
Our delivery timeline (goal: US deliveries in time for Christmas) is down to the wire because of two things: Trouble with one of the dies used to cut out the leather. It was damaged in production, but luckily the factory acted quickly and recovered. Also, shipping delays – the leather was delivered to the factory about 10 days late, and the holiday busy-ness has caused delayed shipments from the factory to us. All in all though, the hiccups have been minimal; Wally Micro is one of the smoothest first-production runs I've ever been a part of. Keep your eyes on your mailbox, because Micro is coming at you!
Design for the Desk Jockey December 14 2015, 0 Comments
In addition to everyday carry, gifts, kitchen, and home items, Objective Design Shop carries products that bring your desk style to the next level.
1. Kikkerland Concrete Planter and Pen Holder $20 One of our top sellers in the shop so far, this little concrete vessel holds plants and writing utensils alike, while bringing a bit of Zaha or Ando to your work space. In the pen holder, you'll also see the Retro Stylus Pen, also from Kikkerland and sold at Objective.
2. Praxis USB Stick Available in an array of colors, these handy USB sticks are easily stored amongst your pens and pencils. Alternative to stuffing a little thumb drive into a desk drawer cranny, the extended pen-like design means these are less likely to be lost!
3. Most Modest Bau Paperclip Holder This wooden paperclip holder with colorful rubber+cork bottom is not only beautiful, but also magnetic.
4. Floyd Detroit Mail Drop Made in Detroit, the Mail Drop from Floyd keeps all your papers and mail stylishly organized. While our favorite is the Mint green powder-coat finish, it's also available in Almond and Black.
DU Team Gift Guides: Mary's Picks December 08 2015, 0 Comments
Mary, Distil Union's Marketing Maven, has curated gift picks that bring anyone on your list a dose of design for the home, kitchen, or travel – and can all be found at her favorite Charleston retailers.
2. Siphon Coffee Maker by Kitchenaid $199
4. Library Scent 061 $22 by Candlefish. Buy locally or online!
To get a glimpse of our inventory at Objective Design Shop in Charleston, SC, follow our Pinterest board.Visit Distil Union's Pinterest.
DU Team Gift Guides: Nate's Picks December 08 2015, 0 Comments
Industrial designer and Distil Union co-founder Nate Justiss has put his holiday gift picks together. His gift guide includes modern everyday-carry items and things that bring high-design to the home, like the sleek and simple Lana lamp from Pablo Design.
1. Lana Lamp $375 by Pablo Designs.
2. Joey Mug $20 by Fellow.
3. Wally Wallet Case $50 by Distil Union.
4. Tube Watch $249.
5. Braun BN0211 Watch $275.
6. Tile Wall Clock by Leff $199.Visit Distil Union's Pinterest.
Thirsty Thursday at Objective! December 08 2015, 0 Comments
Join us this Thursday 12/10/15, upstairs at 525 King Street for shopping and sipping! Enjoy a merry evening in our brand new store with free beer from Holy City Brewing. All are welcome – cold beer available while it lasts...
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