Hi all! I've got a neat one for you today. Say hello to a cool Ottawa company called Warehouse, makers of nifty stuff for your home/office/life. Established in 2012, Warehouse creations have been showcased in magazines worldwide, on countless websites, on national TV and radio, and they've won major international design awards.
So what do they do exactly? Warehouse takes convenitonal products we use every day and turns them on their head. Case in point? How about a 3-D printed bowtie to wear to your next Christmas party? Yup, they've got one. Basically they make the expected unexpected, if that makes sense. The folks at Warehouse prize good design above all, so they're always looking for ways to reimagine every day stuff - like a tie - and turn it in to something equal parts modern, beautiful, and innovative.
Here's a little sampling of their creations:
POWDER-COATED STEEL BIRDHOUSE
MIRROR WITH INTEGRATED HOOKS
FLEXIBLE RUBBER BIKE STAND
See what I mean? Everything's just a little unexpected and looks like it belongs in a design mag. The good folks at Warehouse kindly sent me a few products to play around with, and I'm so smitten that I'm gonna share them with you. Get a load of these:
THE PEG DESK ORGANIZER, $25 USD
This little guy is deceptively simple: it's a single piece of galvanized steel and a few rubber pegs, and it'll revolutionize your desk. Think of the PEG as Tetris for your office clutter: what was once a jumbled heap of papers, devices, and wires becomes tidy and organized. And cool looking. Prop up your phone, scoot its charging cable out of the way, store a pen or two, and leave yourself a post-it.
TWO FOR US T-SHIRT, $19 USD
Two For Us is an initiative dreamed up by Warehouse to help give back to local communities. When you purchase a tee, they'll send one to you and one to a shelter or food bank in the city of your choice. The whole idea is to show pride for your hometown while supporting those in our cities who could use a hand. One price, two shirts, and of course awesome design. Grab one for yourself or tuck one in a stocking.
MAPLE KNIFE SET, $125 USD
Oh goodness, this one's a looker. I almost fell off my chair when I opened the box and discovered these gorgeous knives. Let's just pause and oogle them for a sec. Okay, now I'm good. Warehouse.'s Maple Knife Set is made from Canadian maple and German stainless steel. The set of two knives includes an 8” chef’s knife and an 8” butcher’s cleaver, and it comes packaged in a custom case so it's ready for gift giving (if you can bear to part with them). If you've got a foodie or a home chef on your list, this'll knock their socks off and they'll probably brag to everyone about your awesome gift giving skillz.
These bad boys have been featured in Gizmodo, Wired, Uncrate, Style at Home, DesignLines, and The Globe and Mail, and they won the Red Dot Design Award for "Best of the Best". They're basically famous.
WAIT, WHY IS EVERYTHING IN USD?
You may have noticed the prices are listed in USD, and that's the case on the Warehouse website too. I wanted to know why so here's the scoop: turns out much of Warehouse Co.'s following is in the States, and many of their fixed costs have to be paid in USD as well. Given the fluctuating Canadian dollar, Warehouse opted to sell their products in US dollars because it helps them keep costs lower and more predictable.
Need to cross a few names off your Christmas list? Need some prezzies for those Eight Crazy Nights? I've got a promo code for ya! Enter "amyin613" at checkout and you'll get 20% off your order. Warehouse ships all over Canada and the US and until December 9, 2015, you'll get free shipping on all orders over $99. Hop to it!
I think you should get your hands on some award winning designs by Warehouse, whaddaya think? Yes? I'm giving away:
a PEG Organizer
a Two for Us tee (in the city of your choice)
a Maple Knife Set
This hefty prize is worth $170 USD or nearly $230 CAD! Pretty friggin' awesome, eh? The giveaway is open to North America (excluding Quebec), and use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Contest closes next Friday December 11, 2015 at 12:00am.
Best of luck!