"Jack of all trades, master of none, though oftentimes better than master of one."
Masters of None
Hey, I’m Sharif Pendleton, the guy behind Masters of None – a decidedly urbane line of thoughtful, smart and playful housewares + accessories. MoN began as a way for me to express my artistic ADD. It was a way I could manufacture all the products in all the different materials and methods I love to use. >Over time, it’s really become more about the people who like to furnish their homes and outfit their lives with the stuff I make. You too are Masters of None. You have eclectic tastes, you eschew and yearn for the hipster-aesthetic at the same time; and most of all you like products that are well-made, fun and thoughtful. And I make them for you.
materials + techniques
Many of the MON products are made with acrylic and bamboo. Whenever possible recycled materials are used and we do our best to be responsible with the materials that we do use. Whenever possible, local materials are used. The bamboo we use is rapidly renewable, comes from responsibly farmed areas and is formed using low-emitting adhesives.
All the metals I use, including on necklaces and cufflinks are base metals.A lot of times I’m asked where I get my stuff made. I do not outsource any of the makings of Masters of None products – including the packaging – I make it all myself right here in Philly. Because the laser is a computerized device, multiples of any object are pretty precise matches, but please allow for slight variations. In the case of laser cut bamboo, this is especially true because bamboo is a natural material.
I design with use in mind, so MoN products are solid and can withstand normal use and some light abuse. But keep in mind, if it’s the latter MON is not obligated to replace product that arrives in good condition.
Acrylic is a type of plastic. It is sturdy and the thickness I use is strong but not always super flexible. That means that while it could probably withstand being dropped or thrown (I do test this), you should avoid these things all the same.
Bamboo is a very strong wood-like product (did you know bamboo is actually a grass and not a wood?). It is naturally up to 30% stronger than oak and has some antimicrobial properties. Additionally, some types of bamboo grow in water and therefore has some moisture-resistant properties. This is why it is perfect for coasters. My tests show that even after 9 hours submerged in water, bamboo simply dries and does not warp. I do not recommend doing this or putting any of MoN bamboo products through the dishwasher. Instead, allow to air dry or spot clean.