The design brand kukka was established in 2010 by Israeli and British designer Rona Meyuchas K. The products include lamps, trays, tea towels, and accessories for the home or office. I like the colorful Robots and Tubes collection of trays and tea towels designed by British illustrator Will Haywood. The dishwasher-safe trays are individually handcrafted in Sweden from a single sheet of sustainable birchwood (Robot is 12” in diameter and Tube is 15”). The matching British-made tea towels, part of kukka’s illustrated range, are screen printed on 100% cotton. Other great gifts in the collection include Balata, an 8” ruler made from reclaimed high-quality Caesarstone, and My Homes, a set of three house-shaped clothes hangers that are traditionally crafted from maple wood with no glue and finished with linseed oil. Kukka’s designs are available at design shops worldwide. All images courtesy of Kukka.
Poppin wants to be to office supplies what IKEA is to furniture — fun, affordable, and service-oriented. Founded by business heavyweights Chris Burch (an investor in companies such as Jawbone, Voss water, and Tory Burch) and Ken Seiff (founder and former CEO of Bluefly.com), the Poppin brand intends to replace the often dull world of office products with items that will bring a bit of cheer to the desktop. With 85 SKUs already, ranging from pens to glue to laptop tote bags, Poppin is planning on launching a line of electronics, furniture, and even breakroom accessories such as ping pong tables. WIN A BOX OF PENS! To win a box of black ink Signature Ballpoint pens courtesy of Poppin, tell me what desktop item you can’t live without and why in the comment box below. I will pick a winner at random and announce it here on Friday July 1st. Good Luck!