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Perfect Presents for Pop! Our 2016 Father's Day Gift Guide June 09 2016, 0 Comments

We've hand-picked our favorite gifts for Dad this year, all in-stock at Objective Design Shop! Our collection includes everyday carry items  and beautifully designed goods perfect for any dad.

Shopping online? Sure you are, it's 2016–
 online Objective items (denoted with ••). And, if you haven't heard, all of our own Distil Union products are 10% off now through June 19th! Just use code SHOP4POP at checkout. 

Father's Day Gift Guide 

1. State Bags Jay Dopp Kit  2. Fellow Products Joey Mug (out of stock on Fellow's site, but we have them in stock here at the shop!) 3. Braun Calculator  4. Ink Meets Paper Love Ya, Dad and Rad Dad Cards 5. Poketo Grid Planner 6. Distil Union Wally Stick-On•• 7. Distil Union Wally Case•• (did you know that the Today Show featured Wally for iPhone in their Dad's Day round up?!) 8. Keysmart 2.0•• with Bottle Opener•• 9. Umbra Shift Cup Lamp



Distil Union's May Instagram Highlights June 07 2016, 0 Comments

May Instagram Highlights from Distil Union

The month of May was filled with inspiration aplenty, bikes galore, and of course design. Thanks for following along with us!

+Stanley Stand was added to our in-stock inventory of products this month!

+It was a great month for the DU Paw-Squad. Matilda and Pemba, the office dog and cat worked hard to surpass their nap quotas, and even style-directed a photo shoot. Boss Cat Pemba teamed up with Brian for some inventory checking.

+Our From Maker to Market event was a huge success! Read more about it if you missed our first-ever product production information event. 

+May was bike month! (Well, in this office, every month is bike month.) Sponsored by one of our favorite non-profits ever, Charleston Moves, this month was spent encouraging Charlestonians to get on their cycles as much as possible by hosting lots of bike-friendly events around town. A double win for health and the environment!

+Have you seen our storefront window on King Street? We display a sampling of our design-centric goods from Objective Design Shop, our hidden-gem-of-a-store located within our studio. This month, we extended our shop hours during Spoleto Festival!

From Maker to Market: An Event Recap June 02 2016, 0 Comments

From Maker to Market - Manufacturing Discussion in Charleston, SC with Alesya Opelt, Erik Holmberg and Nate Justiss

Our first time hosting a seminar in our studio-slash-retail shop was a success! At our sold-out event entitled "From Maker to Market," we organized a panel of Charleston-based product designers to speak about their experiences bringing their product ideas to the market.

Featured panelists were Alesya Opelt, founder and sole woman power behind Alesya Bags, Erik Holmberg, founder of J. Stark, and Distil Union's own Nate Justiss. The panel was moderated by Mac McSwain of McSwain-Hiott CPAs. The night began with each entrepreneur speaking about their own backgrounds and how they cut their teeth on mass production. After Mac posed several questions pertaining to getting a thriving product business off the ground, the floor was open for additional questions from the audience.

At this point, a group conversation began that turned into a great local networking platform! A few people wanted to know more about local sources for manufacturing and prototyping, which vary immensely based on the product. There were some audience members with great local sources to share. We were thankful for an engaged and enthusiastic crowd that joined us; it made for an inspiring atmosphere. 

After the event, we received positive feedback from attendees. This left us feeling motivated to keep this movement going, so stay in the know about future events – be sure to opt-in to local Charleston news.


Feature Friday: The Power Lunch Podcast May 27 2016, 0 Comments

The Power Lunch with Alesya Bags

We were invited to record another podcast! "Get to it, and go do it," is the motivational catch phrase Alesya Opelt, co-founder of Charleston-based bag line Alesya Bags and a panelist at our From Maker to Market forum, uses to open each episode of her Podcast series, "The Power Lunch." Recorded right in our studio on King Street, we talked product design, production woes, and our humble beginnings of starting a business out of Nate's apartment. 

Father's Day Gifts to Help Dad Simplify His Life May 24 2016, 0 Comments

We love him, dad jokes and all. And maybe, endearingly, we roll our eyes whenever he reaches into his pocket and pulls out that busted wallet over-stuffed with loyalty cards, crinkled receipts, and stray coins. Either that, or he carries his basics in what he calls his "fancy rubber wallet" (aka that rubber band from the broccoli)...

This Father's Day, you're searching for a little something cool to class up that rubber band, or something sleek to simplify that wad-of-a-wallet. Well, what else do you get the man who has everything– stuffed into his pockets– but a new, slim wallet! We've rounded up our top picks, there's one for every type of Dad out there.

Our Top Problem-Solving Presents for Pop – Which Kind of Guy is Your Dad?

He's never caught without cash. Thank goodness. Wally Bifold, a super slim wallet with an adjustable money clip is the perfect choice. Wally Bifold also features our trademarked Wally Pull-Tab™ design that eliminates layers of needless bulk. Beyond simplification, he'll thank you when his back-pain clears up after carrying a slim wallet that's front-pocket friendly. 

He's a rubber-band wallet offender, or charismatic networker constantly making new connections. Introduce him to Wally Micro, our smallest card carrier for the minimal-wallet enthusiast. As a slim sleeve measuring the mere dimensions of a credit card, Micro is great for toting the essentials or a stack of business cards.

You've heard Wait, where's my wallet? one too many times... "Phone, keys, wallet" is the phrase that everyone mutters to themselves before leaving the house. Wally Case helps shorten this by conveniently adding a hidden wallet to the back of your phone. Give Dad peace of mind and a little extra time leaving the house now that he only has to remember "phone and keys."

Pockets sorted? Help Dad simplify his desk with Stanley Stand. Stanley is our newly released flexible phone and mini-tablet stand that adjusts to any angle – and looks stately with its merino wool and Italian leather exterior. Having designated spots for gadgets on a desk helps keep it tidy – something any Dad can appreciate. 


DU's Favorite Crowd-Funding Campaigns in May 2016 May 19 2016, 0 Comments

Pocket Tripod on Kickstarter

Pocket Tripod | The Only Phone Tripod You Need The popular Pocket Tripod has been updated for its second appearance on Kickstarter. The adjustable stand that folds to fit in your wallet now accommodates cases (including Wally Case or Stick-On, as shown above) for even more on-the-go convenience. 


Flatev on Kickstarter

Flatev - The Artisan Tortilla Maker This thing is raising pledges like hot cakes! Er– hot tortillas... Hot, fresh, organic tortillas. 


Everyday Folding Table on Kickstarter 

The Everyday Folding Table Extremely sturdy and portable do not often go hand-in-hand when it comes to furniture. However, Collin Garrity out of St. Louis, MO has designed a coffee table and dining table that's solid and packable! You have to back it to believe it. 

Audible Customs: Custom Fit Earbuds on Kickstarter

Audibility Customs: Custom-Fit Headphones Yes! They exist now! Earbuds that are custom-fit to your very own ear holes, available on Kickstarter. 


Minimal Water Bottle on Kickstarter

Minimal Water Bottle by Minimal Design Company We've seen packable water bottles before, but none as well designed and practical as this! Add this sweet design to your everyday carry for a lighter, more sustainable load. 

A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story
 ENCORE! We've got a musical number for you! If you're a fan of the show, hurry over to support this independent documentary – not only do they have some of the coolest pledge levels (just look at those signed band posters!), but with only a few days left and plenty of money still to raise, this is one where you really can make a difference!

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From Maker to Market May 13 2016, 0 Comments

From Maker to Market at Distil Union

We've been in this business – designing products, producing them, and then selling them – for a while now. Distil Union started in 2011, but product design has been our passion since Nate started designing boats in 2005. By far though, our biggest lessons have been learned by diving head first into the world of small-business ownership. Nothing like starting your own company to really feel the pressure to succeed!

As Distil Union, we've been attendees and guest presenters at a wide range of events, from Pecha Kucha to Protocon. It's always an honor and a pleasure to share our knowledge and experience with the community. Now it's time for us to go from panel guests to hosts! Take a look behind the curtain and see how we do what we do (and how YOU can do it, too), we're excited to host our first ever "From Maker to Market" event at Objective Design Shop. We're so excited to be joined by fellow Charleston small-business founders Erik Holmberg of J. Stark and Alesya Opelt of Alesya Bags, as well as our own Nate Justiss: 

“We’ve seen a significant interest within the Charleston community to learn about bringing products to market. Hosting this kind of event gives us a chance to share what we've learned about mass production, to answer your questions, and to continue learning from our fellow designers,"
–Nate Justiss, Distil Union Co-Founder and Industrial Designer.

Beyond inspiration, our goal is to share steps and insights for bringing your creations to the market place, with tips and tools that will help you along your product-design path. So Erik, Alesya and Nate will let you know a little about themselves and what fuels their passion for product design. Then, we invite the audience to join in a participatory panel discussion moderated by Mac McSwain of McSwain Hiott CPAs, a local firm specializing in accounting for product-design businesses. In addition to being fueled by questions collected from the audience beforehand (ask us now), there will be an open Q+A session (and yes, free beer, so come with some food in you).

It is our objective that attendees gain relevant, actionable information – so come with questions, or reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook @distilunion with your specific questions. One of us will aim to address them during the session. 

“It’s in our DNA to make, to build physical things. I believe for every technical job created dealing with the ephemeral we need a matching manufacturing job dealing with the tactile and tangible,
–J. Stark founder Erik Holmberg, who shifted from a career in digital design to instead creating lasting goods by hand.

From Maker to Market offers an unprecedented opportunity to hear firsthand how three Charleston-based product designers have transformed their ideas into marketable goods sold worldwide. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Attendees must reserve their spot at the Eventbrite page.


Design That Inspires: Kebo May 12 2016, 0 Comments

Kebo on Distil Union's Blog

When we first began Distil Union in 2011, we didn't expect our little Charleston to evolve into the design hub that it is. Amongst the world class, iconically designed products that have originated in this city in recent years, Kebo is one of our favorites. 

Kebo Light

Inspired by the Theodore Low bottle opener from the 1930s, Kebo was created by local architect Rush Dixon of Rush3 Studio. Made of solid cast steel, Kebo allows you to open bottles with one hand. Simple – and sold out at MoMA! Kebo Light, the colorful version made from extruded aluminum (cool!) is available in stores around the world, including our own Objective Design Shop in downtown Charleston, SC.  

Kebo on Distil Union's Blog


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Distil Union's April Instagram Highlights, Featuring our Trip to Asia! May 10 2016, 0 Comments

Distil Union's Instagram Highlights

Distil Union designers and co-founders Lindsay and Nate took a product development trip to Asia this past month! They spent a lot of the time in meetings with our manufacturing team, but managed to connect with friends and squeeze in plenty of sight-seeing along the way. 

 + One of the primary reasons for the visit was to meet vendors at the MM&T Materials Fair. As product designers, this was a fabulously efficient way to meet so many new suppliers all in one place. You can only do so much from a computer, and making those face-to-face introductions and interacting with new materials up close will help us bring you better products! 

+ Hong Kong served as home base while we traveled over to mainland China for product prototyping, and to Japan for a little sight seeing. We couldn't resist – a good friend of ours lives in Tokyo, and it was peak cherry-blossom season! 

+ Hong Kong greeted us with bright lights, yummy soup dumplings and other tasty dishes we just can't get here in the states (or at least not down here in Charleston, SC). 

+ PMQ is a must-stop (and shop) when we're in Hong Kong. It's 7 floors of shops and artist/design/architecture studios across two buildings of pure inspiration. In fact, our first visit to PMQ was instrumental in manifesting Objective Design Shop within our workspace – the shop-cum-studio vibe is electric, and we decided it was something we just had to experience for ourselves.

+ Our time in Japan consisted of exploring the city streets, cat cafes and amazing food of Tokyo with our buddy Josh, but we also left the city to check out the natural offerings of Hakone. A beautiful mountain town, Hakone is home to a famous Shinto Shrine, Hakone Jinja, as well as volcanic hot springs and peaceful hikes with views of Mt. Fuji. 

+ The journey back to Hong Kong included a night in a capsule hotel called Nine Hours in Japan's Narita Airport. The gender-separated locker rooms were like high-school-meets-Ikea. The pods are big enough to sit and write a few postcards in before lowering your shade and drifting off to the built-in noise machines. The concept is awesome as long as 1.) everyone follows the rules, and 2.) slumberers are able to refrain from snoring and having nightmares. Perhaps they should include earplugs with the complimentary slippers!

We're excited to say we came home with several prototypes for new products in-hand, but you'll have to stay tuned to find out what they are. Joining our mailing list or following our Instagram are the best ways to be a DU Insider.


Feature Friday: Distil Union does a Podcast! May 06 2016, 0 Comments

Product Desig on This Should be a Podcast

Charleston-based podcast series "This Should be a Podcast" invited us to their studio last week to record an episode! We chatted product design with hosts Andrew Sprague and Ryan Wilcox (Liz Segrist was out on secret Jedi business), and got to share a little about our studio-combination-retail-space and how it all came to be. Stanley came along to introduce himself to the gang and was a huge hit. Kick back and listen to the whole episode below.

Stanley Stand by Distil Union

This Should be a Podcast
"This week the gang (minus Liz) welcome the co-founders of Distil Union, Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham, to discuss the processes of product design and how their office/shop came into existence. They also talk about the process of creating solutions to real life problems, and how inspiration can come from nearly anywhere (even the Apple Store). Plus we crack the code on making a better alarm clock."

Objective Design Shop Donates to Lowcountry Local First May 02 2016, 0 Comments

Photo by Lowcountry Local First

This weekend we were so proud to be among the handful of local Charleston businesses to hang these posters and promote Lowcountry Local First's fundraising blitz! Because we believe in LLF's mission to advocate for local businesses to strengthen local economy, a contribution of 5% of Saturday's sales at Objective Design Shop will be donated on Lowcountry Giving Day this Tuesday. 

We sure do love this place! If you're a Charleston local (or even a long-distance lover of Charleston), please consider donating to your favorite Charleston non-profits on Lowcountry Giving Day this Tuesday.



What Moms are Saying About Their Wallys April 27 2016, 0 Comments

We interviewed some amazing moms and asked how Wally helps simplify their daily lives. Full disclosure: A few moms are our own... and they're our biggest fans, naturally! Read what these moms of all ages had to say about the Wally Wallet they know and love –

What Moms are saying about their Wallys

So there you have it. Wally is the anti-purse. The go-to pocket solution when you're at work or on-the-go. One less thing to think about when you're a mom adds up! Thanks so much to our mothers and our friends who are mothers for giving us a piece of their minds :)



Our Mother's Day Gift Guide April 27 2016, 0 Comments

Mom's Day Gift Guide!

We've rounded up our favorite Mom's Day gifts, all in-stock at Objective Design Shop! Shopping online? Sure you are, it's 2016 – and our tiny team has set you up for success to make sure Mom gets her gift on time: FREE Priority Shipping on domestic orders of all Distil Union products and online Objective items (denoted with ••). Use code MOMISTHEBOMB now through May 3rd to unlock USPS Free Priority Mail at checkout. 

1. Skinny Vinny Sal Convertible Bag 2. Kikkerland Ora Teapot 3. Andrew O. Hughes Ergonomic Wine Glass 4. Reed Wilson Design Coast-to-Coaster Set••
5. Distil Union Wally Micro•• 6. Joya Studios Roll-On Fragrance•• 7. Baggu Rabbit Bag•• 8. Braun Ladies Watch
9. Umbra Tavalo Side Table 10. Umbra Cubist Shelf 11. Umbra Geo T Ring Holder 12. Corter Leather & Cloth Bottlehook Keychain••

Shameless Plug Alert: Did you know Wally Wallets are a huge hit with busy mothers – we know because we asked them! Take a look at what these moms have to say about the Wallys they love and depend on to lighten their everyday Mother loads...



Feature Friday: Nate in Skirt! Magazine April 22 2016, 0 Comments

Skirt Magazine, Charleston, SC

No, not Nate in a skirt – it's Nate in Skirt! Magazine, a local Charleston publication that was started for women by women, with a dedicated spread every issue to a man about town. This month, it was Distil Union's own Nate Justiss! As longtime fans of the mag, we were thrilled when they asked Nate to be the lucky lad in their monthly "He's So Original" feature. Do you remember when the fellow was featured wearing a skirt from a local clothing shop?? We do :) and wonder which skirt would've looked best on Nate...

The Skirt! team came by the studio to chat with Nate about his beginnings in product design and using his critical eye to make better products. Read the short n' sweet piece online or grab your own print copy around town this month! 


DU's Favorite Crowd-Funding Campaigns in April 2016 April 13 2016, 0 Comments

Life Ultral Light bike map holder on Kickstarter
Life Ultralight Bike Map Holder: Easily mount any map to your bicycle Our inspiring (a.k.a. badass) friends Joe and Devon have been pedaling around the country, and they've launched their first Kickstarter campaign from the road! How cool is that? Get one of your own asap because the campaign is almost up!


Handmade Japanese Wooden Headphones on Kickstarter
Handmade Japanese Wooden Headphones An unexpected material for an electronic, these are simple, beautiful, and look quite comfy and light. Wooden't you like a pair?

Splyt Light: Make the Perfect Light Fixture for Your Space Artful and practical, we've been waiting for this beauty to hit the market. Can't wait to construct our own lamps!

ECC Pocket Bolt Pen
EDC Pocket Bolt Pen: Auto-Locking Bold Action Pens Not only are these retractable ball point pens beautiful, they feature a patent-pending locking mechanism that keeps them from clicking open in your pocket. Swell!

one80 headlamp
One80 Light: The Headlamp Reinvented. Full 180º illumination Wear it on your head or around your waist for 180º nighttime illumination. No more tunnel vision with ordinary headlamps. 

The Edge: All-in-one desk solution for modern life and work We love our standing desks here at the DU studio, and these innovative, folding "kneeling" desk looks like a great option to try at home. We shared this one with our artist friends who could use The Edge as a compact easel to neatly unleash their creativity.

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Distil Union's March Instagram Highlights April 08 2016, 0 Comments

March Instagram Round Up

In like a lion, and out... like another lion? Distil Union's March was raaaraaar-rad! 

+ Two of our favorite things: gray cats and design books were 'grammed by Gestalten Books. Pop in the shop to check out our last copy of The Still Life.  

+ Wally Micro is live on our site! Check out the vibrant assortment of veggie tanned leather micro wallets, ready to ship tuh-day. Also, we love the user suggestion of using the elastic as a money band. Spot on! 

+ We were hard at work with local fabrication shop, Meadors on outfitting our new storefront window! If you peeped in the viewport, you saw Lindsay's sweet creation of a sign on the Promenade Bench by Umbra.  

+ St. Patrick's Day was properly celebrated at Objective Design Shop! All day we offered our favorite Irish brews for sipping. Smithwick's, Wexford, Murphy's, and who doesn't love a good Guinness on a chilly day? Those throwback toucan cans are hard to beat.

+ Our storefront is done! We had fun with the progress by cutting eyeholes into the cover paper so passersby could take a look at the display coming together. 

 + At the end of March, Lindsay and Nate jetted off to the Eastern Hemisphere for some prototyping, meeting with the makers, and exploring Asia! The trip included Hong Kong, China, and Japan, with no shortage of incredible accompanying Instagrams

Objective Now Has a Storefront! April 04 2016, 0 Comments


You may have noticed something sneaky going on near Distil Union on Upper King. If you looked in the peep holes, maybe you saw this...


But we've been working hard behind the scenes, and just unveiled our storefront window on King Street! 

Tadaaa! Keep an eye out for our luminous storefront window on Upper King. It will be an ever-changing display of well-designed wares both locally and internationally sourced.

King Street Storefront, Charleston, SC


Tech-ing Up the Studio March 24 2016, 0 Comments

Over the past few months in the new Distil Union studio, we've made some upgrades to our daily office lives by introducing a few new tech and design pieces. Here are a few of our favorites!

Amazon Echo photo from

Amazon Echo
We're fans of the Amazon Echo, aka "Alexa," who responds to voice requests and questions. She's part of the team now and has gotten to know our Pandora preferences pretty well. She'll also give you the weather and daily news when prompted, and turn the volume up or down. This has been helpful for background music in the store, though I'm afraid a few shoppers may think we have an employee named Alexa we're always bossing around. 

Standing Desks
One big change we've made recently has been standing desks for everyone in the office. Maybe it was the articles linking prolonged sitting to cancer and even death, but we got the feeling that sitting was the new smoking... We use the Bekant by Ikea; they're electric and adjustable with the push of a button. Quite convenient for reducing daily sitting hours, the sit-or-stand work stations have brought more energy and variety to the workplace. Who doesn't love having the ability to mix things up? Pro tip: If you do try a standing desk for your own workspace, make sure you invest in a comfy foam pad for beneath your feet, and a monitor stand to complete the ergonomic experience (we love this bend wood stand from Grovemade). Also, if you have office cats, please consider one of these to make up for their lost lap-time: Kivikis (shown above) or this hoodie.


We have an office-wide subscription to Dashlane, the secure password manager and auto-login app. It's spared us many a-frustrating minutes of guessing different passwords and then having to reset them. And those minutes add up! Bonus: The Dashlane app also has a secure digital wallet for those of you looking to slim down your everyday carry.  

Bau Desk Organizer from Most Modest

Bau Desk Organizers
Some of our favorite desk organizing accessories come from San Francisco-based product design company Most Modest. Their beautiful set of Bau wooden desk caddies are both on our store shelves and on our desks.

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The Fat Wallet Fix: Our Top 4 Tips to Carry a Wallet That's Half the Size March 17 2016, 3 Comments

Wally Bifold by Distil Union

Our Top 4 Tips to Carry Less and Lighten Your Everyday Load 

Have you noticed? Our phones have gotten bigger. Sure our technology can do more, but it means we have more to fit in our pockets. Not only do fat bulges in your back pocket look bad and cause damage to your clothing (and not to mention your lower back), these days there's just no need for hauling a Costanza clunker around with you every day:

1. Pick the Essentials. If you're one of those people with a bulging wallet, (a telltale symptom of packrat tendencies), we recommend starting with the cards you use daily. Empty your wallet. Now put back only the must-haves you use every day, and save versions of those less-used cards in an app with password protection, like Dashlane. Scared? Try it for a day... then a week... Some cards might creep back in if you let them, but we bet you'll be happily surprised at what you don't miss. 

2. Go Digital. There’s an app for that, as they say, so put that pocket-sized computer to work! StoCard organizes your loyalty cards, though most stores can use your phone number, and some like Starbucks have their own apps to manage points. Use Concur to digitize receipts, CamCard for business cards, or a powerhouse like Evernote or Genius Scan to do it all! If you own an iPhone, Apple Wallet can help you manage your gift card balances, coupons, and boarding passes so your real wallet doesn't have to. Your wallet is not a library; let an old shoebox be your nostalgic archives, and shred or recycle those crumpled paper dinosaurs. 

3. Carry Less Cash. Not only does most everywhere accept plastic, our phones now offer services like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Wallet that further limit the need to carry paper money. For person-to-person payments try Venmo – it’s easy and totally free.

4. Get a Slimmer Wallet. Minimalism at its finest. Now that you have less to carry, your wallet will naturally be slimmer. Using our trademarked Wally Pull-Tab™ mechanism, we're able to achieve a slim design without the traditional leather dividers. In traditional wallet construction, every slot adds another layer! The need for this excess material is jettisoned with Wally's grosgrain ribbon pull tabs, resulting in the slimmest leather wallet on the market. And whether it's physical or psychological, having a slimmer wallet is a great way to reinforce the behavior of carrying less. Discipline, young grasshopper. You can do this – you can slim your wallet! 

DU's Favorite Crowd-Funding Campaigns in March 2016 March 11 2016, 0 Comments

Oi Bike Bell
Oi: The Bike Bell That Doesn't Look Like a Bike Bell. This is one we had to get behind! A bike bell that is as beautiful as the sound of its chime. Can you even spot it in the photo?? We're excited to get ours in the mail this summer. Ding!

BeeLine bike navigation
BeeLine: Smart Navigation for Bicycles, Made Simple. Although this campaign has ended, we can't wait for it to hit the market. It's a GPS for your bike! Sync it with the app on your phone for easy, cycle-friendly directions anywhere. 

Ellum Solar Light
Ellum Solar Light: An Intuitive Smart Light
. It charges by the sun during the day (one day of charging lasts 6 months), and at night activates when it senses motion. We love the touch dimmer and the sleek, pivoting magnetic mount – and you know we're suckers for magnets and Maple! 

 Sense by Silk Labs
Sense: The Intelligent Camera and Hub. For your modern home, Sense learns your living patterns and makes your home work for you. From home security to managing your smart devices, Sense can alert you of any unrecognized people or noises in your home, and even adjust the lights to how it knows you like them. Creepy? Maybe. Convenient? Yes. 

 Luuup litterboxLuuup: Cat Litter Box. This inventive litter box has broken a record on Kickstarter as the most funded pet product ever on the platform. The ingenious design revolutionizes litter cleaning. 

 Foldio for 360 photographyFoldio360. Brought to you from Los Angeles, Foldio360 is a turntable that makes perfect 360 photography easy. Already 500% funded, there's still 3 weeks left in the campaign. 

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Design That Inspires | Yield Design Co. March 09 2016, 0 Comments

Based in St. Augustine, FL, Yield Design Co. is designing some of the industry's most timeless and beautiful products. They don't achieve this by arbitrary methods, but by following an inspiring set of principles from their manifesto

Bridging Past and Present.
Since fashions are cyclical, they look for core elements to boil their designs down to the essence of what's important, resulting in new yet timeless designs. One example – to achieve the modern lines of their French Press, production took them all the way to a family-owned ceramic factory in Vietnam.

Today's Technology. Timeless Craft.
 While they leverage the latest tools available, like 3D-printing, this is not what drives nor limits their designs. They give thoughtful consideration to what manufacturing capabilities lie within their reach, often yielding striking pieces that are made locally – or even in-house, like their Tokyo Tote

There is No Need For Compromise.
As product designers and manufacturers, they feel a responsibility to balance beauty, sustainability, and ethical production principles, creating goods that are inherently well designed and built to last. You will never find Yield creating a throw-away product. Their products will stay out of landfills and last you a lifetime. At the heart of it, this echoes one of Dieter Rams' 10 Principles of Good Design – that good design is long-lasting.

We were drawn to Yield for their mission that produces strikingly simple and timeless designs. We're proud to stock a selection of Yield Design goods at Objective Design Shop here in Charleston.  



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Distil Union's February Instagram Highlights March 04 2016, 0 Comments

Distil Union's February Instagram Highlights

February was fabulous here at Distil Union. So fabulous, in fact, that we were glad we had a bonus day this year #LEAPYEAR #YOLO. We've collected our favorite moments for an Instagram highlight reel.

+ Wally, being the all-star that he is, attended the Super Bowl this year! Although our Carolina Panthers did not emerge victoriously, it was a great match. 

+ At the beginning of the month, Lindsay and Mary jetted up to NYC for NY Now and discovered some great new product lines! They tried on the simple and beautiful Danish designed bulbul watches

Stanley's Kickstarter campaign came and went this month! A huge success, Stanley was fully funded in just 6 hours. Keep an eye on our website. Stanley will be available for purchase at this spring. 

+ Not only did we celebrate Stanley's Kickstarter launch, but we threw a party for Wally's third birthday! It was just three short years ago that he first hit the market. He's grown up so fast. 

+ New products have been arriving in the shop left and right! One of our absolute favorites is the Lana wall lamp from Pablo. It turns on and off with a touch sensor, and hangs on any magnetic surface, no hardware required! 

+ In support of our fellow Kickstarters, we partied with the cat people of Pounce, Charleston's soon-to-be first cat cafe and wine bar! Can we get a ME-OWWW?! Their Kickstarter campaign ends Meowrch 29th, so hurry up and show your suppurrrt by donating your meow-ney! 

Stay in-the-know on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for insights, sneak peeks, and exclusive deals. Here's looking to Springtime!


Stanley Stand is Solving Problems: FaceTime and Video Calls March 01 2016, 0 Comments

Tired of designing haphazard stacks of books and tissue boxes to prop up your phone for FaceTime calls? We were, too! 

Thankfully you can put all of that back on the shelf (along with your amateur engineering skills) now that Stanley is here. Adjust him to whatever angle you need for Skype or Google Hangout calls with your long-distance friends and family. It's like they're right in your living room with you. Go ahead, talk with your hands – why else do we have video calls?!

Hands free FaceTime with Stanley

If you support Stanley, he'll support you! The last day to pledge and get Stanley for a fraction of the retail price is March 4th.

Feature Friday | Stanley in the News! February 26 2016, 0 Comments

Week three into our Kickstarter campaign, and Stanley has gained the attention from some of our favorite bloggers! iGeeksBlog applauds the versatility of Stanley's adjustable frame, that can be customized to any angle for an array of phone and tablet activities:

iGeeks Blog features Stanley from Distil Union

Our friends at AppleWorld Today recognized that Stanley's materials put him in a phone dock category of his own. He's unique from the gobs of tech docks out there, the leather and felt faces take Stanley in the high-end direction. Fellow feline fanatic, Steven also noticed the subtle cat purr at the end of our video – did you?!

AppleWorld Today features Stanley stand from Distil Union

Appleworld Today features Stanley from Distil Union!

Dubbed "the iPhone stand that bends over backward to please you," Cult of Mac gave Stanley two thumbs way up!     

Cult of Mac features Stanley from Distil Union

Cult of Mac features Stanley from Distil Union 

See what the critics are raving about, and place your own pre-order by pledging on Kickstarter before March 4, 2016!


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