Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Kiosk




















What is Kiosk you ask? It's a store located in Soho, New York that offer a variety of products from all over the world. This week's destination: Hong Kong. All products are sourced during the owners' travels, which are later featured in their online store. If you're anything like me, you'll forget to check this site as often as you should, fortunately for us, Kiosk has a constant "OnGoing" collection of objects from previous countries.

The concept of the store is refreshing, it's an antidote to over-design as the owners consider the objects they stock to be humble, straightforward and beautiful for their simplicity and directness – this is an exact quote, BTW. Most often, the featured products 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 thins that are a result of local aesthetics and needs – again, a direct quote. Their beauty is usually easier to identify by viewers who aren't so familiar with them, natives of other countries who grew up with their own value and belief system, but even different cultures and design principles.

Another charming aspect of Kiosk is that you never know if what you want will be in stock, which means that you're guaranteed to be buying something meaningful, not something completely trendy and overly mass-produced in the United States.

I suggest you take a peek, it's quite interesting. 

1 comment:

Sara Lintner said...

What a crazy cool idea. Thanks Marie for informing me on this sweet online store!