Fredericks & Mae Offers Classic Games With a Design Twist

fredericks mae offers classic games design twist  amp
Don’t you think games would be more fun to play if they looked good? That’s what Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen thought after they met over a love of for materials. Think feathers, thread, gold and paper. In 2008 that love of materials made them come up with the idea of Fredericks & Mae, a collaborative design practice that offers “a series of objects for the home, garden and sky.”

The pair basically took games —dominoes, darts, and backgammon to name a few — that we’ve all played, and put their own special design twist on things, so now they can be used not just as entertainment, but as decorative objects within the home. The pair go all over the world to search for materials to embellish their objects with. “We get our materials from all over — kite paper from India, feathers from bird sanctuaries in Queens and California, wooden shapes from Ohio, and horse hair from Mongolia, just to name a few,” they recently said in Apartment Therapy.

If you’re looking for something especially season appropriate, take a look at their Endless Summer collection, which offers games like beach tennis with the company emblem, a bull’s eye, olive branches and stars painted on, or flag dominoes — which is, you guessed it, a set of dominoes with flags from countries like Spain and Japan on them, or the travel checkers for a day at the beach with a square design painted in the negative space. Or if you’re feeling particularly competitive, check out their War Games, which has the coolest dartboard and darts that we’ve seen in our lives. The board doubles as a cool object to hang on your wall and the darts are decorated with with feathers and different shades of colorful thread that they’ve wrapped around them.

Father’s Day is coming up, so might we suggest something from Fredericks & Mae? We bet he’d be pretty excited to get something from them.

For more information, visit fredericksandmae.myshopify.com.

Travel

A New Class of Retro Designer Motels Recalls California’s Bygone Surf Era

Embrace an endless summer of sick surfer hair, salty beach air, and some of the world's best breaks.
Travel

8 Airplane Hacks That Make Air Travel Suck a Lot Less

We’re fond of any tip that makes flying a little easier.
Fashion & Style

What to Wear Tailgating: Fall Style Essentials for Football Fans

Snag these tailgating style basics before the next game.
Living

Take a Peek Inside a Contemporary Home in South Africa’s Wine Country

The simplistic style of Benguela Cove House ensures that the beautiful South African landscape remains the star of the show.
Living

Into the Wild is a Tiny Cabin that Let’s You Edit Your Views of the Forest

You’ve heard of choose your own adventure books, this is a choose your own view cabin.
Living

Be a Rebel Without a Cause and Buy James Dean’s Old Hollywood Hills Digs

This restored and reimagined 1920s Spanish-style home is up for sale for just shy of $4 million.
Living

The 10 Best Adventure Dog Breeds for the Active Outdoorsman

Find your perfect canine companion.
Living

No Strings Attached with the Best Wireless Charging Pads

Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a world where there were no cords at all? These wireless charging pads are a good start.
Travel

The Woodman’s Treehouse Has Everything You Want, Including a Pizza Oven

The ultimate escape for a weekend of reliving your childhood, there’s also hammocks, a slide, and a rooftop hot tub.
Living

How to Winterize Your House and Yard Before the Cold Weather Comes

With just a few weekends of work, you'll be sitting pretty (and warm) in your newly winterized home.
Outdoors

The Best First Aid Kits for the Home, Car, Hiking, and More

Accident, injuries, burns, bug bites, and worse can strike at any time. Be prepared.
Living

A Passive House That’s Big on Style While Saving the Planet

Passive Houses, are not just saving the planet and reducing energy costs, they’re stylish as hell.
Living

The Complete Guide to Kitchen Knives and Their Uses

You could be missing out on the perfect utensil for making sushi, slicing ribs, or creating radish roses and not even know it.