This is low tech in the best sense. Mike Cheung and Paula Chang run Tinkering Monkey out of their studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have a small collection of lighting, trivets, and household objects — all slightly modified to do a little more work without a lot of extra bells and whistles.
For instance, the "Don" and "Peggy" lamps have a wood tripod base that's handsome but also includes a subtle pass-through for the cord and custom brackets that allow the angle of the tripod to be adjusted.
The "Double Exposure Trivet" is even more low-tech. It's simply a square lattice that can fold up into a single block of wood or expand into a larger platform for casserole dishes.
It's all made by hand — Mike and Paula say, "Everything you see here was designed and built by us‚ right in the garage of our tiny, century-old house."
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