Our 5 Favorite Kickstarter Projects This Week
Kickstarter is already having a banner year, and it's only February. In fact, the company says that it's on track to distribute $150 million this year to fund creative projects. The site is full of amazing ideas (see: our previous favorites), many of which will help make the world a better place.
1. Gremolata & Cancellaresca Milanese: Typefaces are important. We see them every single day (some more than others) and in an era where the printed or digital word is more common than the spoken word, typeface design can convey an aesthetic similar to handwriting. This project supports metal type in two new fonts, giving the artist complete creative control over its use.
2. 6-Legged Tees: Camping is awesome. Bug spray is not. Enter 6-Legged Tees, a company creating t-shirts that "keep bugs away in style." Each American Apparel tri-blend shirt is screen printed with a funky design and then treated with a substance called Insect Shield, an odorless way to repel insects woven right into the fibers of the shirt that will last through up to 70 washes.
3. Happy Inside: Photographer Amy Lombard is creating her first book, a compilation of photographs taken inside Ikea stores across the country. Photograph subjects lounge on furniture, crawl under covers, and gernally make themselves at home in the big-box stores. The photos are so realistic, it's hard to believe they were taken inside a furniture showroom and not in the subjects' homes.
4. LifeCycle Bracelets: The average bicycle store produces 25-40 pounds of wasted chain each month that is simply thrown away — melting it down for recycling is costly and time-consuming. The artist constructs bracelets, earrings, and keychains from bicycle chain scraps, and started the Kickstarter project to expand his reach across the country, allowing bike stores to ship unwanted chain parts at no expense. Keeping trash out of landfills and creating fun jewelry? Win all around!
5. Matter: How many times have you heard that the web is the future of journalism? Too many to count, right? The team at Matter wants to up the ante for online news content, re-surfacing traditional, investigative, long-form news pieces that are becoming less popular as speed and news-breaking takes importance. Matter will contain one in-depth story per week focusing on science and technology, accessible on a website, through mobile apps, and even on the Kindle. Stories will be priced similarly to apps — around $1 per story. According to the founders, "It’s an experiment to see if independent journalism, done right, can fill the gap left by mainstream media." Quality online content is imporant (and we obviously love it!), so this project is as exciting as it is smart.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)