Small Things Matter: Tiny design gifts that help make a big difference
Photo: Martin Seck/Areaware; additional photos: Matt Hickman
- Partial proceeds from the sale of Night Guardian nightlights by Myungwhan Choi will go toward the Save the Children Foundation, Aflatoun, and KIDS. (pictured above)
- A personal favorite, the Bottle Axe bottle opener by Sam Falco supports the good work of Seattle-headquartered nonprofit Child's Play.
- Whist, a wooden whistle by Patrice Hall, was conceived to benefit suicide prevention and domestic violence organizations.
- Mayan Hennenmeyer’s Palbeau is a “tool to aid in transcendental meditation.” Partial proceeds from its sale will be donated to meditation centers around the world.
- Prism, a magnifying glass paperweight by Daniel Martinez, was “inspired by the Wikimedia Foundation, whose goal is to encourage the growth, development, and distribution of free, multilingual educational content.”
- Jasmine Kim’s nifty wooden “smuggler’s locks” called Jayu are geared to benefit organizations such as Liberty in North Korea.
- Canopy Coasters are gorgeous, laser-cut coaster wooden sets from Young Kim that benefit forest conservation organizations.
- Aikita Sen’s Critter Clips are whimsical, multitasking wooden clips in the shape of animals that, most appropriately, support wildlife conservation programs.
- Kaiju Blocks by Alex Svizeny are Japanese monster-inspired (i.e. Godzilla, Mothra, and the gang) play blocks that benefit Child's Play, “an organization that seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the power of play.” (pictured below)
- Carlos Ng’s Little Architect's Toolset, a trio of brightly colored, magnet-based modular tools for pint-sized architects-in-training, supports the international work of Architecture for Humanity (Pictured at top of page)
- Richie the Hedgehog Hairbrush by Giuliana Gentile is an adorable little fellow whose sale will help to support Locks of Love.
- Malini Khargie’s NOMAD consists of three foldable kits — picnic, desk, and first-aid — for on-the-go urbanites. Each kit supports a different themed charity. (pictured above).
- Last but not least, Mary Chimenti’s Wish Boxes are a trio of wooden boxes for stashing “affirming messages.” Partial proceeds will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation or similar organization. (pictured below)
The Little Architect Toolset was inspired by young architects who have a dream to one day design and build the world's most amazing building. These modular tools allow architects of all ages to combine work and play. Included in the collection are a 12" ruler, a protractor, and a 45/90 triangle. Each of these tools come apart into puzzle like pieces, and are interchangeable to create brand new tools. Vibrant colors add to the playfulness of the experience.
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