Welcome to the lab: a collective of enthusiasts working together to build the things we want to use.
All over the world, enterprising hobbyists have conceived of ideas capable of transformative change. But these same enthusiasts often struggle to realize their inventions, and get them in the hands of others. From financing and manufacturing to promotion and customer support, it requires herculean effort for independent creators to bring product ideas from the drawing board to the marketplace. More often than not, this means that these projects become little more than vaporware.
We're all too familiar with these challenges, because we've faced them ourselves — and it's because of our own experiences that we were inspired to create SFFLAB. Our mission is simple: to help fellow enthusiasts bring uniquely useful things into the world, that might not otherwise make it. And every day we're doing just that, by bringing independent creators together and providing essential guidance and support to their promising projects.
We firmly believe that some ideas can only come from garages, rather than boardrooms. And we can't wait to show you what's next.
– Dan & Joshua
We're scaling up small scale manufacturing, shipping innovative products from the factory to your door.
We're all about the small stuff: building great products to order in small batches, and sending them to enthusiasts direct from where they're crafted. That means we don't ship as fast as Amazon or Newegg, but it also means we build strong relationships with manufacturers and creators, enabling us to curate a compelling ecosystem while maintaining high standards of quality.
We're a launchpad for new ideas, investing in today's experiments to find tomorrow's great products.
It's not enough to get current technology in the hands of enthusiasts. Figuring out what's next requires extensive experimentation, continuous community dialogue, and a fair share of failures along the way. That's why we constantly engage with — and learn from — the same people who buy, use, and critique what we make. Meanwhile, our collaborations with independent creators allow us to test many new and creative product concepts, and iterate upon them rapidly.
We're reinvigorating the industries we participate in, one project at a time.
We're fighting the forces of commoditization and consolidation, by developing and promoting bold designs that accept real risks in exchange for greater potential. By pooling orders and coordinating efforts across projects, we're able to bring ideas to market that would otherwise be infeasible to produce. In a world where ever-consolidating monoliths continuously optimize for cost and cachet, we're on the other side, evangelizing the virtues of deliberate design, focus, and care.
We've got some pretty awesome partners, too.
We're working alongside a growing roster of independent brands and creators, all of whom share our passions and values. With enclosure designers like NCASE, power supply manufacturers like KMPKT, and lifestyle brands like WALLYE, we're building a compelling collective of brands that grows by the day.