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The Octoclock lives!

It's alive!  We debated on whether or not it's outside edge should be distressed... but distressed lines at the edge of large field of color really brings life into a design.  So, distressed edge it is!

Octoclovk

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Octo-clock

Many uncommon designs are based on traditional designs that we've modernized.  Like the Colonial Wall Clock.  The Colonial is based on a traditional wall hanging clock.  We took the design, cleaned it up and brought it into modern life.  

Likewise, if you're looking at traditional clocks, you keep seeing octagon shaped clocks.  I believe it comes from the craft of making a roundish shape from a decorative molding... approximating a round shape with straight lines.  The clock design I'm working on brings vibrancy and life to that traditional design.

Coming soon!

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Danish Modern or Mid-Century Modern???

Danish modern cabinet by Vincent Leman



Vincent: I am very excited to begin working on a collection of Mid-Century Modern furniture (or is it Danish Modern Furniture?!).  I'm not really sure which to call it, but regardless, my aim is to reference classic modern furniture lines and colors.  I love the contrasting door color against the classic stained body of each piece.  It's such a nice way to reference the modern form while adding warmth and contrast to the piece.

 We're making prototypes as I write, so we'll be posting new pieces soon! We're considering adding the option to completely customize the color of the door.  The pictures you see show the door in white, but you would be able to send in your paint name, number, and manufacturer and the cabinet door could be painted whatever color you like!  After purchasing our first home (and choosing wall colors), I can see how nice it would be to order the door to match your room color scheme.

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collaboratin'



One of my favorite parts about working with jessie to produce pieces for uncommon is the act of collaborative creation.  There are certain pieces that just simply would not exist without our combined efforts.  The chandelier, for example:  jessie worked for hours perfecting the design of the chandelier… applying her creative vision.  Then she handed the design off to me & I brought her creative vision into the world with my engineering/production efforts.

-vincent



 

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our favorite time of the year

 We love summer…  The looong sunny days, garden fresh produce, and time spent outdoors with loved ones. 

We also love looking forward to our favorite craft show ever, Renegade Chicago. A section of Division Street in Wicker Park is closed down for the weekend while around 500 amazing craft artists to creatively display and sell their wares. It's hands-down the best craft shopping we've seen, and we feel honored to be participating for our fifth time (we just quickly did the math and it seems unreal!). We so enjoy meeting our super-friendly customers and witnessing their reactions to the things we've made. It makes all of the hard work and preparations totally worth it! Right now we're in full-speed production mode so we can be ready for the crowds, come September 8 & 9. You ready?



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in process

                                                 


We've been wanting to make a big clock for a while now… and many of you have been asking us for them! We're slowly but surely working on a few different designs for release.

One is based loosely on our popular 'modern numbers clock' in natural birch. It will have brightly painted inset numbers to contrast nicely with a natural birch finished face.

The other design is going to be quite different than anything we currently make. It has grooves that carry the eye up and down and the center and outer ring will be painted. 

We're also planning on adding a few new colors to our palette… some bright pops of color. How do you guys feel about using 'trendy' colors when decorating your home?

-jessie
             



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DIY magazine feature and a milestone



We're super honored to be included in the Spring issue of DIY magazine, on newsstands now! The photo shoot back in August was a blast and we've been eagerly/nervously anticipating the issue release. It's both fun and strange to see our faces tied in with our creations… we're so used to being behind the camera and in general, behind the scenes. 

In other news, we just celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary this month, which means we've been creating stuff together for over 6 years. Pretty neat! Excited to see what the next 6 years bring...


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years in the making/a doodle comes to life

It suddenly occurred to me the other day, while packaging up a few orders of rustic wooden flowers, that the design wasn't a new one. To me, that is. The same flower shape is one I've been doodling on school papers, journals, and basically any scrap of paper sitting in front of me from the time of about middle school on up. It was pretty neat to realize that years of what seemed like mindless scribbles had developed into a tangible, purposeful object. 

There are some designs/ideas that just kind of haunt you until you can successfully translate them into form… This was one of them. Over a period of probably a year, I experimented with fabric petals and spent hours searching for just the right stem material before finally finding the winning combination of colorful wooden petals and graceful, posable wire stems. A huge sense of relief and pride washed over me when I was finally able to express what I'd been picturing in my mind all that time! And now I can understand those emotions… It was an idea that took years to fully form; an ever-present shape, a driving urge to create. Beautiful.

                     


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what to say, what to say, what to say...

 I hate starting new things… Blank canvases stress me out. So I'm going to go ahead and get the awkwardness of the first blog post outta the way so we can go ahead and move on. Let's see, I'll start out with a photo, since you probably don't know us very well.

  

Here we are, all professional like. This photo is actually about two years old, so it's probably time for a new one. We don't really love getting our photos taken. It may have something to do with the tendency we have of not loving being the center of attention, and also the habit we have of closing our eyes. A lot. So when we find a photo of us that we like and all four of our eyes are mostly open, we treasure it. We remind me of one of those authors whose book jacket photo looks like it was taken about 20 years ago. Yup that's us, elusive. Mysterious. Too busy doing important things for mere photography. Or else now secretly bald with a hideous goiter. I guess you'll never know.

We went garage sale-ing this morning. Our loot: 

- 1 old school metal stapler with box of staples

- 1 unfortunate looking table lamp, soon to be painted and posh

- 1 foldable wheeled cart for carting bins at retail shows

- 2 old prints

- 2 old frames for various unframed artwork we've had sitting in a pile for ages

- a huge stack of tiny jello mould tins for our retail show displays

Not a bad run. Wonder why it's so much fun to buy other people's junk?


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