Kiosk: Un-Design Shop

Kiosk: Un-Design Shop

Maxwell Ryan
Jan 11, 2008

Please go to our new link for Kiosk.

We stepped into Kiosk last night and were blown away. it is a tiny mecca of great design items from around the world. It's a cross between MoMA and a five and dime store. Curated by Alisa and her husband, who bring back unique items from their worldwide travels and write detailed descriptions for each one, the "store" changes every six months or so....

On our visit, they were selling the end of their Finland theme with dozens of beautiful small items from that country like a scrub brush, a sauna bucket and a Fortuna child's game. Everything hews to their vision of beauty through "undesign." This is how they put it:

"We opened the store to offer an antidote to over-design. We consider the objects we stock to be humble, straightforward and beautiful for their simplicity and directness. Often they are traditional goods that have developed over generations or anonymous design found in general stores, DIYs and kiosks, products created by not one personality but things that are the result of local aesthetics and needs."

They've done Sweden, Japan, Germany and Mexico and keep "ongoing" items in the shop so the favorites are usually available. This is a great place to buy gifts as well as to buy really cool, useful household objects. We spent $80 and bought a game for our daughter, brass paperclips, a beautiful ball of butcher twine and a few other things. The shop is lovely, but for those far away, online shows everything really well.

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