Design That Inspires: Lockdown Products

Both our work and social lives have changed since COVID-19; the majority of us have had to start working from home and our freedom to go outside, meet friends and family have been restricted. We’ve all had to adjust, find workarounds and alternatives to a lot of the things we were used to as the new normal today looks very different to what it was.

Some of the things I’ve had to make more of an effort for have been finding enough things to entertain me at home, creating a working environment that is comfortable for everyday use, and since I’ve had more time for cooking, finding space for all the new equipment I’ve bought.

Image Credit: Annie Spratt

Image Credit: Annie Spratt

DIY Starter Kits

I love trying new things and am always on the lookout to learn something new by attending classes and workshops, and that is one of my main sources for entertainment. So under normal circumstances, if I wanted to learn sculpting, scented candle making or how to make my own kombucha I would likely look up a workshop, however, attending classes in person has not been possible during the pandemic, but my curiosity to learn a new skill has been more apparent than ever as I have had more time for myself.

Something I have found myself investing a lot in is DIY starter kits. You can pretty much find a starter kit for anything: perfume making, jewellery making, sourdough starters – the list is endless. With starter kits you get the exact and relevant amount of resources needed to make the thing you want, alongside instructions. They’re a great route for exploring whether you are truly interested in something and they save you the time and money on investing in more than you’ll use, which means they’re also great for reducing waste. 

Portable adjustable desks

I’ve been working from home for a few months now and although I’ve enjoyed not having to commute, I have at times found that I’ll wake up and walk straight to my desk, without having moved around much, which is not good physically or mentally. Being able to alternate between sitting and standing whilst working can really help alleviate any postural problems and it’s really important to take breaks to move, stretch and re-focus. Being portable, it gives you the freedom to turn anything into a desk to mix things up and can also be a great travel companion so you can stay comfortable while on the go. Also, they’re not limited to laptops only, they can be used for reading books and eating amongst other things too.

I’ve been working from home for a few months now and although I’ve enjoyed not having to commute, I have at times found that I’ll wake up and walk straight to my desk, without having moved around much, which is not good physically or mentally.

Joseph Joseph: tools that have been made to save space in the kitchen

Since lockdown I’ve had much more time to cook and experiment with new recipes, and with this has come the need for more kitchenware. With a big wish list of items but limited space in my cupboards, I’ve been drawn to Joseph Joseph products as they have specifically and cleverly been designed in ways that take up minimal space, by being stackable, tiered, colour coded, expandable etc. and their items also help keep your kitchen organised. So not only does Joseph Joseph help you save storage and keep your kitchen organised, they also save you precious time.

Here are some suggestions of starter kits to get you started if you’re interested:

Pottery starter kit:

This kit contains everything you need to sculpt, carve, paint, sand and seal your own pots

DIY scented candle making:

I cannot believe how easy it is to make a candle – never spending another penny on buying an already made one again!

DIY Poke kit:

All the ingredients you need to make poke!

You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make these things and I bet you’ll get converted into actually making more things yourself rather than buying them already made.

These are just some of the things that have kept me busy and really helped in settling into a new reality during the pandemic.

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Sutherland Labs
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