Although I have an affinity with artists and artisans, and although I cherish and promote handmade products, I am never very far from one or more of my way-too-many electronic gadgets: Phones, and tablets, and readers, and whatnot. These little attention loving gizmos are definitely not handmade. And, although there is a certain artistry in their various designs, the purpose of that artistry is to make their use addictive.
So I set out on a search for handmade products to pair with tablets and mobile phones. I think that connection will let a bit of artisan love warm the sterile souls of these hard-working electronic tools. Or at least make them more organic and connected to the natural world. Or something.
This little cutie seems misnamed as a Bedside Smartphone Vase. I can see on a desk or an end table or anywhere you'd like to stow your phone where it's easy to find. It's made by Pennsylvania ceramic artists Heather and Myles Geyman, and offered in either white or mint as shown. $32 at UncommonGoods.
This handy Kitchen Utensil and Tablet Holder is also made by Heather and Myles Geyman. It could also be called a modern cookbook holder. But it also provides a handy way to stream a movie or music while you cook or eat. $60 at UncommonGoods.
Speaking of music, this Timbrefone Acoustic Phone Amp makes pretty with your sounds, both visually and acoustically. I love the way the wood swirls play around the amp like sound waves grooving to the beat. This ear- and eye-pleaser is made in the Missouri woodworking studio of Marc Stitzlein and Rich Norton. $100 at UncommonGoods.
This Driftwood iPhone Charger has a rustic back-to-nature feeling that brings a bit of the outdoors into your electronic world. The wood was naturally polished by sand and surf before being carefully outfitted as a modern-day charging dock. The charger is crafted by Lee Goodwin in, Maine, the shores of which the driftwood was collected. $68 at UncommonGoods.