Noble Goods in November
Last month West Elm launched its new LOCAL shop online. Noble Goods is very proud to be one of only seventeen companies from across the country chosen to be showcased in the debut of this really exciting new program. Check out our goods and our profile, along with the other amazing products and artisans, here.
This month you can find us at the Renegade Craft Fair in the Metropolitan Building in Manhattan, November 15th-16th. Now’s your chance to get your hands on one-of-a-kind prototypes and slight irregulars from our Beautiful Oops collection. Plus, a super fun gift collaboration, new ornaments and deep discounts on everything.
We will also be showing with Fiercely Made at the WANTED Design Holiday Market at Industry City, November 22-23. Hope to see you there!
Each piece in our Beautiful Oops collection is one-of-a-kind. Some are perfectly unique, some have small flaws that make them kinda special. Lots of great pieces (at great prices) available at Renegade this weekend!
We’ve teamed up with The Neighborgoods to bring you this adorable gift package. Our Bullseye Boards + their hand towels = perfect gift! (They’re our real neighbors, too!)
Say hello to our holiday* ornaments! Available in three colorways. Check our website or see them at Renegade this weekend.
*we keep ours hanging in the window all year!
We’ve been working away… here’s a sneak peak at some of our new goods for Spring!
fig 1. Computer generated pattern
Hi, it’s Christopher. I am sitting in the studio, reminding myself that I like geometry. In high school, I was captain of our award-winning Math Team. In college, I took a course called “Mathematics and the Art of M.C. Escher”. I can use a compass and a protractor to do some pretty cool stuff.
But today I am stumped! As designers, we face existing problems, and sometimes we create problems for ourselves. This feels like both. This month, Molly and I are designing a new product together, and it is much more challenging than I expected. Our basic goal is to create a new product with a line-like, colored pattern. Our inspirations? Dragonfly wings + soap bubbles + honeycomb cells. We are also looking at the Puzzle Coaster set we released two years ago. It has a “painterly” line quality that we enjoy, and want to experiment with that again.
Fig 2 and 3: ink and pencil studies
So in the midst of this challenge, I am taking a minute to reflect on the process, and to collect a few of the images to share with you. From a stack of dozens of drawings, photographs and diagrams, I chose these. And I remind myself that sometimes in the middle of a process, things can feel a little floppy- a little bit vague. The goal- the finish line- can seem far away. But each day and each drawings bring us closer. I am sure the product will be exciting, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Cheers! And if you are here in the US, stay warm!
Happy Autumn, friends! We had a whirlwind summer, with lots of exciting new business, new ideas and new designs happening!
Our Swiss Cheese Boards are now available at the venerable Simon Pearce flagship store in Quechee, VT. Swing by if you’re in the area – it’s well worth the trip.
And we’re so excited to introduce our new Arrow Cheese Boards. Made with solid FSC-certified cherry and inlaid resin in four colors: white, blue, smoke and clear. The full collection will be available on our website in a matter of days, right in time for holiday orders.
This summer is one of work, and fun for Noble Goods. The colorful pics show a bench that we built for our son’s school. The project was this: build a simple, easily understood bench with sixteen, white wooden tiles for the top. Next, deliver the bench and simply discuss its design in a way that three-year-olds can grasp (these kids are very perceptive!) Then we passed out the tiles and Molly set them up with paint and collage supplies. Later, back at the shop, I glued everything together and gave it four coats of a water-based varnish for durability ( juice+sand = scratched up furniture).
I think the kids will enjoy this for years to come, and both Molly and I really loved creating with them. I hope that we always find the time to embrace the wild, spontaneous energy that comes with children’s creativity. It is an energy unfiltered, and unrestrained by our decades of experience. Love it.
At the BKLYN Designs fair, we were approached by a brand new home goods company. Everything will be made in Brooklyn, start to finish. This is what WE do, and it is not easy. But wow is it fun, and we learn a lot. Especially when quantity is involved. So today, I begin drawing the design for a limited edition cheese board for them. The design will be exclusive to their store, and I am excited about it.
Filed under Designs, Shop
So it’s mid week, and I still feel like I fell out off a roof! I haven’t done that since I was about ten, and I still remember it clearly: no broken bones, flat on my back, winded. On a happy note, we truly had a great time at the BKLYN Designs show. We met a lot of young designers and builders, and we even had a chance to chat with a crew from the West Elm company, who looked at our newest designs. Here is a pic of our booth, and a few blog posts that resulted from the show. Cheers! -Christopher