Tinkering Monkey: Small Batch Design from San Francisco

Tinkering Monkey: Small Batch Design from San Francisco

Sarah Coffey
Apr 7, 2011

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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The Don Lamp, $195
The Peggy Lamp, $150
Double Exposure Trivet, $60

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