This week, Designed Good is featuring DIY pillow, backgammon, and tote bag kits, the creations of the artist and craft-master behind Brooklyn Assembly Kits. All of the kits are handmade in the USA with ethically-sourced materials.
The kits are exciting because Althea, the founder of Brooklyn Assembly Kits, has a refreshing mission: to help people make amazing things with their hands. She creates DIY kits so that the things in our lives can have a little extra meaning.
She focuses on simple color palettes and basic design elements that are accessible to all demographics.
The pillow kit above, for example, allows you to stitch any map you like – you email her the address you want, and she creates a custom pattern – onto this perfect pillow, ideal for wedding gifts, travel mementos, and the like.
Brooklyn Assembly Kits are the perfect example of the new things we can do with art: in some ways, each kit offers a teachable moment. They create things that can be shared between two people, whether you are making a backgammon set together or gifting someone a pillow you made with a map of a place you both love.
Katy is the co-founder of Designed Good, a marketplace that connects consumers with up and coming socially conscious brands by telling the stories of how they're making a difference. She's particularly inspired by all of the designers and artists finding a way to make things that are good for the world. She also enjoys Sunday mornings with a side of pancakes.