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A versatile way to display and store your best things. Now everything has a Niche.
64 backers pledged $2,577 to help bring this project to life.

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Niche - thoughtfully designed wall pockets

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Hello!

Niche is a simple and modern alternative to traditional wall storage and display methods. Rich materiality and a unique form combine to give your belongings a sophisticated place to live. 

Put whatever you want in Niche, it's not picky. Books, magazines, flowers, supplies, umbrellas, fruit, accessories, and more. Everything has a Niche.

 Niche on my own walls

The Nitty Gritty

Each piece is cut by our friends at Harken in Pewaukee, WI and prepared for shipment with love in Chicago, IL. Niche is made from durable and beautiful 100% wool felt. Colors available are Light Gray, Medium Gray, and Charcoal.

Every Niche comes with mounting hardware, which includes a drywall adaptor and instructions. The hole in which the screw goes through is also reinforced with a hand-hammered rivet.The sleek milled aluminum screw cover is available in clear anodized aluminum or gold anodized aluminum.

The wide Niche is 24" wide at the base and 15" tall; the narrow Niche is 8" wide at the base and also 15" tall. Niche has been tested to withstand up to 6lbs.

Usability

Niche is flexible and dynamic; they fit in seamlessly in any room of your home with their utilitarian materials and understated aesthetic. Arrange these wall pockets in a group to create a composition that can range from purely useful to purely beautiful.

Pledging

If you decide you would like to pledge to receive a Niche (or a few), follow these steps:

1. After pledging, return to this campaign page and click "Manage Your Pledge" underneath the day countdown.

2. Increase your pledge according to how many and which types of Niches you would like to receive. See the diagram below for pricing and the options to choose from.

3. If and when the campaign is fully funded, I will be sending all backers a survey where you will be able to tell me exactly what colors and sizes you want. After you increase your pledge, however, you may choose to send me an email or Kickstarter message with your preferences so there is a record of communication. You will still need to respond to the post-campaign survey.

 Timeline & Production

Below is a diagram of the planned timeline for Niche, starting on the last day of this campaign. As there are a few moving parts, this is a flexible timeline, but expect delivery through early and mid May. Backers will receive relevant updates on progress throughout this timeline.

More about the maker

Niche is my personal studio's first large scale project. I focus on handmade, unique pieces for the home and I am excited to bring Niche into the world. Thank you!

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See more of Chari Design Studio on Instagram and Tumblr

Also visit the shop on Etsy.

This project was launched as a requirement for my Entrepreneurial Product Design class at the University of Illinois at Chicago. You can see all of the other campaigns here. 

 By backing this project, you are both pledging to pre-order a designed object AND supporting a student who is learning entrepreneurship through launching. Thanks for the support!

Risks and challenges

I am an independent maker and student working with both small, local manufacturers and larger international suppliers. I have experience making things for people and developing relationships with them online, so I will be as transparent as possible with you if any challenges do occur.

This is my first Kickstarter campaign and my studio's first larger scale project, so this is a learning process for me. This is also the final project for a class entitled 'Entrepreneurial Product Development' that I am taking at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is of the utmost importance to me to produce high quality work that people will love bringing into their lives. I will do everything I can to achieve that for both you and myself.

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    A sincere thank you and a behind-the-scenes look at Niche's progress and process.

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    Pledge US$ 30 or more About US$ 30

    Any size, color, and fixture finish of Niche!

    Narrow - $30
    Wide - $40

    Once you have pledged, you will need to change your pledge amount to match the specific number of Niches and types of features you would like to receive.

    See more in the "Pledging" section towards the bottom of the campaign.

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Funding period

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