Thursday, June 2, 2011

{Cool Things} Grain Design...

I had a chance to visit one of my favorite design shops this last weekend (IDEAL) & discovered Grain Design. I was intrigued with Grain's eco-friendly designs & wanted to learn more. 

Grain was founded in 2007 at the Rhode Island School of Design & is a collaborative of design thinkers with the shared vision of a more sustainable future. 

I was happy to read that they were founded at RISD- I have a soft spot for RISD designers because that is where my husband went to school & later taught (his mom & dad both went there as well). When cruisin' Grain's online shop, I stumbled on Spool - a build it yourself modular system . The possibilities are endless as to what you could create with it & I have been dreaming ever since. 

I love their "electric love" jewelry made out of reclaimed electrical wire too. I bought myself a green bangle at IDEAL & may just have to go back to get myself a ring (or another bangle) because I'm hooked. It's always so great to discover such innovative & eco-friendly designers- even more fun to learn that they are local (they now live in WA). So, Grain is my {cool things} pick of the week! Thanks for the introduction awesome IDEAL ladies! 

{all images via here}


  1. The bracelet looked perfect on you, Kristin! Glad you are enjoying it.

  2. Ooh, very cool. Amazing upcycled design! I am so into accessories right now and those bracelets and rings look amazing. You have an amazing eye for detail & design Kristin! Must. Go. Shopping.With.You.

  3. @Ideal- Thanks Lisa! :)
    @Chantale- Aren't those great?! I know, I'm into accessories right now too. Thanks! Yes, let's go shopping (after we both win the lotto)!!



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