Maker Stories

Inventors Month: the Joseph & Joseph Story

August 2, 2010

joseph & joseph

August is National Inventors Month, so to kick things off we interviewed twin brothers Richard and Anthony Joseph – the brains behind a collection of amazingly simple and well-designed kitchen gear. We love how they approach everyday kitchen problems with style, a pop of color and thoughtful design. Almost all of their products make us say, “Why didn’t we think of that?!”

Not only are Richard and Anthony great designers, they are also very generous! They have agreed to donate two of our favorite Joseph & Joseph products, the Nesting Prep Bowls & the Elevate Utensils, to our Uncommon Giveaway! Be sure to come back to the blog on Friday for a chance to win.

And now, on to the exciting interview!

When did you both become interested in design?

Our mother is an architect, and our father had a glass manufacturing business in the UK, so there was a strong creative influence when growing up. We were both quite artistic at school and this led to  Continue Reading…

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Happy Inventors Month!

August 2, 2010

August is National Inventor’s Month!

Here at UncommonGoods, we have always valued the “Aha!” moments, the midnight brainstorms and the people who see everyday problems as opportunities to make daily life a little bit better. And so to celebrate all those inventors, designers and dreamers, we are planning a month-long celebration on our blog with posts about Uncommon Designers and Inventors, cool green inventions, giveaways and updates on our latest YouGoods contest.

Happy Inventors Month, everyone!

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The Good, the Bad and the Cozy

August 2, 2010

Because it’s Monday…and Monday is always a rough day, here’s a little something to get your week started off on the right foot:)

triplets in boots

Babies in cowboy boot socks! You might recognize this triple threat of adorableness from a previous post of them wearing sock monkey slippers. Perhaps they have a future in footwear modeling?

Do you have a super-cute pic of your baby or child wearing something from UncommonGoods? Send it to and we’ll put it up on The Goods!

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UncommonGoods Scavenger Hunt #2

July 30, 2010
scavenger hunt_2

It’s 2 pm on Friday, and you know what that means…time for the UncommonGoods Scavenger Hunt! Woot!

Here’s how it works:

The above image is a cropped photo of something that we sell, and it’s your job to figure out what it is! Clues will be given out every 10-15 minutes on Twitter and right here at this blog post. Contestants will troll our website looking for the mystery item. The first person to write the correct answer in the comments below wins a $25 gift certificate to UncommonGoods! Be sure to include your Twitter handle if you have it. And when leaving a comment – leave your email address (it won’t publish – but we need it to contact you!)

Tune into Twitter or this post for clues! Good luck!

Clue #1
I am from Southeast Asia.

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Gift Lab #10: Keshia’s Beach Party

July 28, 2010

1) Product Name: The Collapsible Party Tub Cooler


Collapsible party tub cooler


2) Background research: I really LOVE going to the beach to just relax and have fun. And sure, a cooler serves as an ingenious concept for serving up an ice cold drink while sun bathing when it’s 80+ degrees outside. But it is always such a drag to have to lug the cooler when packing up to go home after it has already served its purpose. And of course I always forget about that hassle while on my way to the beach because all that is on my mind is having fun in the sun. Now, I find myself trying to convince Continue Reading…

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Just arrived: our latest catalog

July 26, 2010


Fall Catalog 2010

It’s hard to think about fall in the  middle of a heat wave…but I must admit it was nice to see our latest fall catalog – chock full of lots of fun new things for the end of summer and start of autumn. Plus, doing  a little online shopping with the AC blasting sure beats heading out in the heat!

Check it out: UncommonGoods online catalog.

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Roman Holiday

July 26, 2010
Fern Leaf Hair Comb

Quick! If you could live in any ancient era which would you pick?

For me: Ancient Rome. Hands down. Or at least the ancient Rome from Gladiator. Swoon. Oh, how I loved seeing Connie Nielsen’s elaborate jewelry and headbands; the layers and layers of shimmering, sumptuous fabrics framed by elegant stoles and capes; gold thread, embellishments and jewels clinging to everything she wore. And Russel Crowe wasn’t too bad to look at either;)

When this fern leaf hair comb by artist Emily Elizabeth came into the office, Continue Reading…

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