KickStarter Spotlight: Station

KickStarter Spotlight: Station

Mar 27, 2013

Everyone could use some help being more organized; it is not a secret. An amazing percentage of the clutter that will build on an average desk are objects that are only there temporarily, such as a phone, keys, or wallet. There are hundreds of desk organizers that are available for purchase either online or at any store with an office section, but there are generally cheap and crudely constructed. At the least, a majority of them are overdone and attempt to do too much which might not be a problem for most people, but for those who are looking to add a little minimalist flair to their desk these obtuse organizers tend to get in the way. Over in KickStarter land there is a budding and promising new project that aims to deliver a precisely crafted organizer that also is pleasing on the eyes and might even garner a few compliments. This project is called Station, and it aims to clear the clutter in the most minimalist way possible.

Station is really nothing more than a piece of machined bamboo, which, as the developers are quick to point out, is one of the fastest renewing resources. The product is really designed for those who do not need much in the way of mass organization, and therefor really caters to a very specific client who does not need paper storage and only has a handful of items with them daily. There are three compartments here, a narrow trough for a pen or two, a large rectangular, multifunctional bay aptly deemed “stuff”, and a small, deeper gap for a smartphone to stand at an angle. By keeping the Station small the creators really allow for it to be placed anywhere, and it’s gorgeous, simple bamboo finish is enough to fit seamlessly into a modern living room or bedroom. My one gripe is that there should be at least an option to thread a charging cord into the phone dock.

With product consolidation at an all time high the need for a receptacle that holds a large plethora of items is waning, and it is hard to find many people who are carrying much more than a phone, keys, a pen, and a wallet. For only $29 retail, the Station is a cheap way to add a little extra functionality and style to an office or living area. With almost a month left to go, Station is almost half way to it’s $5,000 goal so for those looking for a discount donation price better ask quick before they’re all sold out.

KickStarter Spotlight: MOS

For anyone who has a busy and high-tech desk the constant battle with rogue cords can be fuitless and downright annoying. It is amazing that, with the incredible amount of products to alleviate this problem, there still are millions of desks ravaged by cord chaos. My desk, for one, is a casualty to this war and I am constantly looking cords that get sucked down under the desk or are hiding behind some mess. There are a few products that help corral individual cords but most of these involve the risky task of permanently attaching them to the desk; which is just more of a commitment than I am willing to make. While not the perfect solution to all cord problems, a design duo from Orem, Utah have come up with an elegant and ingenious way to literally stick all those conniving cords in one place.

The product is called the MOS, the Magnetic Organization System, which means that no adhesives come into play here. The first thing that stands out about the MOS is the fact that it very much resembles a piece of modern art. Looking like a wonky triangular pebble the MOS is certainly easy on the eyes and would fit in perfectly in any modern office or living room. The way the MOS organizes is by using the actual device as a giant magnetic base station that will grab and secure rebellious cords such as the metallic charger for MacBooks. Other cords, such as the ubiquitous USB, may contain enough metal to latch on, but just in case, included are 3 plastic tags that contain small pieces of metal which allows any cord to attach.

The MOS comes in three makes, the first two being made out of white and black plastic while the third is manufactured from a single block of anodized aluminum which should blend in nicely with any Apple products lying around.

While this certainly does not solve every cord-related problem with modern offices it does alleviate the frustration of searching for a wayward connection. It does all this with a beautiful figure and the plastic versions retail for only $25, but opportunists can pre-order them on the KickStarter page for just $17.