Ep. 21: Sebastian Errazuriz

Chilean-born artist / designer / activist Sebastian Errazuriz captivates us with tales of his rigorous arts training, examples of his immaculate hustle and a specific method he employs whenever he needs to force an idea up to the surface. He’s as disciplined and driven as an Olympic athlete, and hell-bent on having us all re-think reality. Listen:

Sebastian opens up about his rigorous upbringing with a very strict father who helped him begin his art training at a very early age. He also recalls many poignant moments about his relationship with his Dad.

My father is a professor of arts. He specialized in art education and how to educate art and that was crucial for my upbringing because basically I become his guinea pig for all his theories.
A young Sebastian

A young Sebastian

He talks about taking risks and never being afraid of asking for what you want, using his own life as examples. He's quite persuasive. His dedication to the importance of making design and art, and making it as big as life (sometimes bigger) is reflected in many of his unique works, from his transforming cabinets to his "A Pause in the City That Never Sleeps" public art project:

"A Pause in the City That Never Sleeps"  - Every night in January 2015 at 11:57 PM, Sebastian’s 3-minute yawning video graces the Times Square’s spectacular signs at 42nd-47th Streets, between Broadway and 7th avenue.

Exploding Cabinet

Exploding Cabinet

If you can do something that really helps then you have to. It’s a moral imperative...And I need to create a platform big enough so that I can continue to be listened to and I can work just for the people that I have the most influential power right now...
And that requires building up a platform, that requires continuing to build a name, that requires continuing to prove yourself.
The Boat Coffin is designed to allow the user to take a voyage to their next life one his day has come. This piece honors the Egyptian and Viking funeral traditions of saying goodbye to people on shore, and venturing into the deep sea and open sky.

The Boat Coffin is designed to allow the user to take a voyage to their next life one his day has come. This piece honors the Egyptian and Viking funeral traditions of saying goodbye to people on shore, and venturing into the deep sea and open sky.

Sebastian also reveals how he was aware of his mortality at a very early age, which drives him to create as much as he possibly can while he's still young and energetic. His inspiring devotion to his craft, his creative methods for generating ideas, and contagious enthusiasm are not to be missed - tune into the episode above.

Sebastian was invited by Audemars Piguet to design their lounge for Art Basel’s 2016 shows. He took inspiration from the ice formations and snowy winters of Audemars Piguet’s home in Le Brassus, creating a space that expressed the purity of nature and the passing of time.  

Sebastian was invited by Audemars Piguet to design their lounge for Art Basel’s 2016 shows. He took inspiration from the ice formations and snowy winters of Audemars Piguet’s home in Le Brassus, creating a space that expressed the purity of nature and the passing of time.  

Drawings for Ice Cycle

Drawings for Ice Cycle

Above: Sebastian's Wave cabinet is one in a series of functional art cabinetry pieces. 

Snaps from Studio Errazuriz

Snaps from Studio Errazuriz

Training the brain and body were topics he elaborates on— he talks about his unusual yet effective method to invoke creativity on a daily basis, and how he tries to get a workout in every day while in the studio (thus, the weights in the shot above!). 

We encourage you to also listen to his TED talk:

See more of Sebastian Errazuriz's work on meetsebastian.com and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.


Special thanks to Chris Modl of Yore Studio for editing this episode.
Music in this episode courtesy of El Ten Eleven—hear more on Bandcamp.
Shoutout to Jenny Rask for designing the Clever logo.

Ep. 20: Seth Grizzle of graypants

Seth Grizzle of architecture and product design studio graypants, tells us about being the creative kid in a family that didn’t quite “get” him, how an art teacher helped set him on the course to architecture and why living on a boat helps him edit his possessions down to just the ones that make a great story. Also, he reveals the story behind the name graypants. Listen:

Seth Grizzle with his dog, Fig

Seth Grizzle with his dog, Fig

Seth might describe himself as "the weird kid," but we think he's far from it! He comes from a line of craftsmen and tinkerers... and with access to a shed full of tools, he started making things early on in life. His creativity was fueled by an inspiring art teacher, who encouraged him to light that fire. He met his partner-in-design, graypants co-founder Jonathan Junker in architecture school where they developed their first line of lighting by accident. Listen above to hear how that accident turned into graypants design studio.  

Garage, their award-winning architectural project in Seattle / Photo by Amos Morgan Photography

Garage, their award-winning architectural project in Seattle / Photo by Amos Morgan Photography

Both being schooled in architecture, Jonathan and Seth not only design products, but structures too, including their award-winning Garage project, pictured above. 

Jonathan and Seth, co-founders of graypants

Jonathan and Seth, co-founders of graypants

White versions of their signature cardboard Scraplights, one of graypants' newest releases

White versions of their signature cardboard Scraplights, one of graypants' newest releases

What started out as dumpster diving, turned into an international business that goes far beyond just cardboard lighting... Seth talks about how he wants everything he does to be artistic and sculptural, and help transform people's lives. 

Murmurations lights made from cardboard

Murmurations lights made from cardboard

The giant cloud in the Airbnb headquarters, made of 30,000 ping pong balls

The giant cloud in the Airbnb headquarters, made of 30,000 ping pong balls

The giant cloud in the Airbnb headquarters, made of 30,000 ping pong balls

The giant cloud in the Airbnb headquarters, made of 30,000 ping pong balls

We were intrigued to hear that Seth actually lives on a houseboat—what a pretty unique way of life... From hiking to playing with his labradoodle, Fig, to filling his houseboat with treasures, Seth explains what keeps him busy when he's not working. 

See more of Seth's work at graypants.com and follow graypants on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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Special thanks to Chris Modl of Yore Studio for editing this episode.
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Shoutout to Jenny Rask for designing the Clever logo.

Ep. 19: David Trubridge

New Zealand-based designer/maker David Trubridge, who is known the world over for his beautiful and environmentally responsible lighting and furniture, has wandered to the corners of the earth, soaked up all its glory, and pays homage to it in everything he does. Amy and Jaime are rapt as he details his life of adventures and poetically distills how they inform his work and his experience of humanity. A real salt of the earth, this guy.

Photo by Richard Brimer

Photo by Richard Brimer

What do you say about a man who has traveled the earth, both on land and by sea, a man whose designs are so well-loved across the globe, whose products tread lightly on the earth? 

David's renown lighting designs

David's renown lighting designs

David Trubridge has always been one of our favorite designers, not only because of his gorgeous geometric, sustainable lighting and furniture, but because his memoir, So Far, gives deeper understanding of David as a person and why he does what he does.

David in the arctic

David in the arctic

David talks to us about spending a lot of time alone as a child, creating his own world, and discovering his creativity. He studied boat building in school, and eventually ended up renovating an old ruin out of necessity, learning how to make windows, doors and furniture. Eventually, he ends up designing his first piece of furniture, the Body Raft, that kicks off his now famous career as a designer of home decor.

Renovating the old house

Renovating the old house

The Body Raft

The Body Raft

One of the great lessons of the sea is that you have to go with the flow and take your knocks and often the direct route is not a straight line.
— David Trubridge
The Hornpipe

The Hornpipe

He told us about his adventures at sea with his family, where they lived on a boat and sailed around the world for 10 years!

Arriving in New Zealand

Arriving in New Zealand

One of the most fascinating things about David is his hunger for adventure and travel. He's been practically everywhere, even to the glaciers of Antarctica. He recounts stories of emotional helicopter rides, open-air camping, and a year in Tahiti. Plus, he talks about his relationship to the elements (earth, water, fire etc.), and how he believes that he's now in a life phase of the throat chakra, or "communication" chakra. He's an incredible person to say the least!

In David's Studio

In David's Studio

We don't want to give it all away so listen to the episode above!

David's Workshop

David's Workshop

Domaine de Boisbuchet workshop

Domaine de Boisbuchet workshop

See more of David's work at davidtrubridge.com and follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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Ep. 19 Clever Extra: Tony Salvagio, Street Photographer

Wix teamed up with Condé Nast to host a photography contest for Wix users, giving them the opportunity to win the ultimate photographer's dream prize: the chance to shoot the cover of BRIDES or Condé Nast Traveler, or assist on a Vanity Fair cover shoot. Thousands of photographers entered from all over the world, but only three could win. The judges included Susan White, photography director at Vanity Fair, Jenifer Walter, creative director at BRIDES, and Yolanda Edwards, creative director at Condé Nast Traveler. See how the judges chose their favorites:

Over 10,000 photographers submitted their stunning Wix portfolios for the chance to shoot the cover of Brides or Condé Nast Traveler, or assist on a Vanity Fair cover shoot. After days of review, editors from each magazine made their choices.

When I am looking at somebody’s work, what I’m really looking to see is a level of style and elegance.
— Susan White, Photography Director at Vanity Fair

One of the winners of the contest, LA-based photographer Tony Salvagio, was in disbelief when he was revealed to be a finalist and even more stunned when he won the opportunity to assist esteemed photographer Peter Lindbergh on a Vanity Fair cover shoot featuring actress Jennifer Lawrence.

tony-salvagio.jpg
I would hope that through my work I would be able to influence people to maybe change their outlook on life or change their mentality about a certain group of people. I hope that whatever I did was for a purpose and a cause—to better humanity. I find great joy in that.
— Tony Salvagio

Listen to our interview with him about his work and this life-changing opportunity at the beginning of Episode 19:

Here are some examples of Tony's street photography in his own words:

Midas Touch

Midas Touch

"Midas Touch" was taken right after I was confronted by another man coming up the subway escalator. After he left, I immediately noticed this lady barely grazing the rail as she walked down. I thought it was so beautiful, the setting sunlight changed the plain looking rail into a bright vibrant gold color. This photo to me represents the wonder of the world, and how it is still possible to find stories of old in modern day Los Angeles... All you need is a little imagination.

Rat Race LA

Rat Race LA

"Rat Race LA" represents the infinite rat race of life and the never-ending quest to be someone. The man with his coat off sprinting up the stairs that lead right to the other side of the bridge. Although there's a separation of stairways by a five-lane road, I still see the infinity sign in the photo.

Do Not Enter

Do Not Enter

"Do Not Enter" was taken right outside the 2nd Street tunnel. I remember standing at the edge of it thinking to myself it feels like I'm being sucked in to a giant black hole, or vortex. The cyclist just so happened to be its victim that day.

Man in a Box

Man in a Box

"Man In A Box" is a photo I'm still trying to figure out. I have a few them. I stumbled across this man guarding a closed off area with nothing in it accept the reflections of three pillars from outside. It's actually three overlapping reflections. I would like to think he's some sort of threshold guardian, like what Joseph Campbell discusses in Hero With A Thousand Faces, but I can't say with certainty.

Lasik

Lasik

"Lasik" I stumbled across a man reading with a magnifying glass. I thought to myself, "He looks interesting, also, who uses a magnifying glass anymore?" I crept up behind him to see what he was reading...

LA FITNESS

LA FITNESS

"LA FITNESS" to me is a social commentary of Los Angeles. We Angelenos tend to overlook the hard work and skill of the people building this city due to the Hollywood blah blah blah... this photo was a tribute to them. 

Check out more of Tony's portfolio on tonysalvagio.com and follow him on Instagram.

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Ep. 18: Kelly Wearstler

LA-based interior designer, Kelly Wearstler, recounts the journey from creating and selling crafts in her youth to building her namesake global lifestyle brand. Along the way she's worked waiting tables, battled painful shyness, and become a hockey mom. She also describes her closet in mouth-watering, vivid detail. Listen:

What can we say about interior designer, Kelly Wearstler (besides that she's one of our favorites!)... Well, we can start by mentioning that she’s much more than just an interior designer - she’s grown the Kelly Wearstler empire into a global lifestyle brand that encompasses lighting, furniture, home accessories, jewelry, residential and commercial interiors. Wow.

You may be familiar with some of her statement boutique hotel designs like the Avalon Beverly Hills.

Avalon Beverly Hills

Avalon Beverly Hills

She also hunts the flea markets and vintage shops around the world for objets d’art to use in her designs or as inspiration. 

You become a better designer when you see how things are made.
— Kelly Wearstler

She’s also released 4 books including Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style, and most recently, Rhapsody. Her work has appeared in design magazines such as Elle Decor, Wallpaper, and Architectural Digest. Not to mention, her fashion statements are as bold and stylish as her interiors… and she tells us all about her dreamy closet, and we got her to cough up some pics:

Swoon.

Indonesia.jpg

Aside from work and design, she’s also a hockey mom and a wife. 

Kelly's latest project: Proper Hotels 

Kelly's latest project: Proper Hotels 

See more of Kelly's work on kellywearstler.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Music in this episode courtesy of El Ten Eleven—hear more on Bandcamp.
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Ep. 17: Kevin Greenberg

In this episode, Brooklyn-based architect Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration delights us with tales of culture shock while working in Japan, notes that decades of architecture practice has re-wired his brain to notice bad design, and articulates how he would one day love to build a site of sanctuary and contemplation. Plus, he concocts some creative and funny solutions to ridiculous problems in a fun game of Fix It! 

I think that there’s a notion that architects are supremely rational and orderly and mathematical and their world is dominated by that outlook... but I think my brain functions more like an artist.
Kevin's cat, Napoleon

Kevin's cat, Napoleon

Before founding Brooklyn-based Space Exploration, Kevin spent some time in both Seattle and Japan. He shares with us the uniqueness of Japanese architecture both in form and practice, and how that shaped his approach to structure and space. 

Kevin in Japan

Kevin in Japan

Kevin tells us some anecdotes from his time spent in Japan - listen above to hear more!

Montauk beach house by Space Exploration (see more on Design Milk)

Montauk beach house by Space Exploration (see more on Design Milk)

Growing up, Kevin was surrounded by supportive, creative family members that fueled his curiosity for all things creative. Kevin talks about his somewhat left-brained approach to architecture, and where he gets his inspiration from—whether it be his experiences in Japan, or from unexpected places.

Plus, we got him to play a super fun game of Fix It! with us, he's such a good sport.

Karasu Restaurant by Space Exploration

Karasu Restaurant by Space Exploration

I try to encourage the other people at Space Exploration and also our clients to look far outside the disciplines of architecture, interior or home design. Some of our best ideas have come from literature, or painting, or film or cooking or automotive design.
Karasu Restaurant by Space Exploration

Karasu Restaurant by Space Exploration

Schoolhouse loft by Space Exploration

Schoolhouse loft by Space Exploration

Brooklyn Apartment by Space Exploration

Brooklyn Apartment by Space Exploration

See more of Kevin's work on spaceexplorationdesign.com and follow Space Exploration on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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Music in this episode courtesy of El Ten Eleven—hear more on Bandcamp.
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Ep. 16: Harry Allen

Product and interior designer Harry Allen shares how his childhood in New Jersey was shaped by frequent field trips to NYC, how he collaborated with chef Daniel Boulud to design his thesis project, and why he decided to cast an actual piglet for his now-famous piggy bank. Also, he's able to cut a really tight circle on a pair of skates, and we suspect he is a total boss in the rink. LISTEN:

We learn about Harry's idyllic childhood and early creativity, how he took a winding road to Pratt and ended up landing a booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York.

A young Harry was very creative and organized

A young Harry was very creative and organized

Harry discovered industrial design at Pratt

Harry discovered industrial design at Pratt

Living Systems - Harry's first large-scale project

Living Systems - Harry's first large-scale project

Bank in the form of a pig - metallic

Bank in the form of a pig - metallic

Harry might be most well known for the "Reality" series he created, which was picked up by popular design brand and manufacturer Areaware. Listen to learn how it all started with a relative's death and an inherited candlestick.

C'mere hand from Reality series

C'mere hand from Reality series

Moss Store

Moss Store

Harry met Murray Moss through a roundabout way, resulting in perhaps one of his most well-known interior designs. Learn how that relationship opened doors for him time and time again.

Ceramic foam lamps

Ceramic foam lamps

Harry lets us in on a story that involved ceramic foam material he was using for lamps, that had a very unfortunate—yet kinda hilarious—outcome. 

Plus, we find out about the exciting NYC roller skating crowd of the 90s, and we find out that Harry feels most free on four wheels... 

Stool for Umbra Shift

Stool for Umbra Shift

More recent projects include the NYCxDesign Design Pavilion, a stool for Umbra Shift, and acoustic tiles using an experimental material made from mushrooms from Ecovative.

Ecovative Acoustic tiles

Ecovative Acoustic tiles

See more of Harry's work on his website harryallendesign.com and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Special thanks to the sponsor for this episode, BDE. Visit them at bdeonline.biz.

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Music in this episode courtesy of El Ten Eleven—hear more on Bandcamp.
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Ep. 15: Sandy Chilewich

Textile product designer and entrepreneur Sandy Chilewich regales us with tales of growing up in Rotterdam, being a child of the ‘60s and finding her way to founding the very successful Hue leg wear company. Now, as the head of Chilewich Sultan, she candidly shares the trials and triumphs that have informed her wisdom - including a panic attack at the public speaking podium. Sadly, no scotch was involved in this interview. Listen:

Photo by Kristen Gladney

Photo by Kristen Gladney

Sandy Chilewich is a force. As we listened to her talk, we couldn't help but appreciate and be enamored with her honesty. She opened up about her tough childhood abroad, difficulties with academics and finding her way. 

Sandy's first company, HUE, launched her into the world of textiles.

Sandy's first company, HUE, launched her into the world of textiles.

Sandy's American dream story seems accidental, but we feel like it was her destiny. She talks about building not one but TWO successful textile brands. Learn when and how she finds happiness by listening above.

The Ray Bowl and Ray Tray, named after one of her children.

The Ray Bowl and Ray Tray, named after one of her children.

The original Basketweave Chilewich placemat

The original Basketweave Chilewich placemat

Sandy Chilewich and Joe Sultan of Chilewich Sultan.

Sandy Chilewich and Joe Sultan of Chilewich Sultan.

Sandy and Joe at their house in upstate, NY. Photo by Nicholas Calcott.

Sandy and Joe at their house in upstate, NY. Photo by Nicholas Calcott.

One of the things we loved about Sandy was how down-to-earth and honest she was about running a business—from its benefits to its difficulties. We felt refreshed... she painted a real picture of herself, from what she enjoyed (and why) to what she struggled with. Listen to the episode above and we're sure you'll agree!

More details about Chilewich's products can be found on chilewich.com. Follow Chilewich on Facebook and Instagram.

Sandy in her workspace.

Sandy in her workspace.

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Music in this episode courtesy of El Ten Eleven—hear more on Bandcamp.
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Ep. 14: Danny Seo

In this episode, eco-friendly lifestyle expert Danny Seo talks to us about how he found his true calling at 12 years old, how being famous in Korea at a young age helped him keep his ego in check, and how he navigates tough situations by trying to understand the underlying intentions. Also, there may be a snake loose in his cabin, and he really hates golf. Listen: 

Photo: Jonas Jungblut

Photo: Jonas Jungblut

From the age of 12, Danny has pretty much known what he wanted to do with his life. He started a successful nonprofit during high school that changed the entire trajectory of his life. From international recognition to 10 books to a magazine to a TV show, Danny takes advantage of reaching as many people as possible to spread his message of designing a sustainable life. He recounts his unusual story with us, including some of the challenges of running an international organization in rural Pennsylvania while still trying to graduate high school. 

Danny on set

Danny on set

In recent years, Danny has been planning his eco-friendly takeover of all media, launching a magazine, Naturally, Danny Seo, which he is now bringing to the small screen with a TV show on NBC of the same name. He has long been known in the community as being a huge advocate of people making small changes in their lives, whether it be buying a hybrid, using a sustainable surface for countertops (as he demonstrated in his own home pictured below), or simply buying local produce. 

Danny's previous home in Bucks County, PA. All American-made products were used to renovate the kitchen - Wilsonart laminate for the countertops, herringbone ceramic wood grain tile flooring and green tile backsplash from Shaw Flooring, appliances from Bosch, and stainless steel cabinets from Lasertron. Bar features Wilsonart HD laminate walls and countertop in Walnut.

Danny's previous home in Bucks County, PA. All American-made products were used to renovate the kitchen - Wilsonart laminate for the countertops, herringbone ceramic wood grain tile flooring and green tile backsplash from Shaw Flooring, appliances from Bosch, and stainless steel cabinets from Lasertron. Bar features Wilsonart HD laminate walls and countertop in Walnut.

Danny created this upcycled light fixture for the outdoor dining room in his former house.

Danny created this upcycled light fixture for the outdoor dining room in his former house.

Reading nook in Danny's cabin features a vintage cot from eBay that he filled with throws and pillows to create a really cozy spot to relax. He added vintage horse show ribbons for a fun, colorful addition to the space. Watch out for the snakes! :) 

Reading nook in Danny's cabin features a vintage cot from eBay that he filled with throws and pillows to create a really cozy spot to relax. He added vintage horse show ribbons for a fun, colorful addition to the space. Watch out for the snakes! :) 

Listen to Danny tell stories of cabin snakes and how he came to meet Jane Goodall (fyi - she's awesome!), and more! 

Upcycled bath mat made with corks

Upcycled bath mat made with corks

Reclaimed wood picture frames

Reclaimed wood picture frames

For more Danny Seo, visit naturallydannyseo.com and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Danny's show, Naturally Danny Seo, premieres on NBC this week. Check out all of his books here.

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Special thanks to Chris Modl of Yore Studio for editing this episode.
Music in this episode courtesy of El Ten Eleven—hear more on Bandcamp.
Shoutout to Jenny Rask for designing the Clever logo.

Ep. 13: Tanya Aguiñiga

Mexican and American artist/designer/maker/activist Tanya Aguiñiga shares what it was like growing up in Tijuana and crossing the US border every day to attend school in the US, how an accidental haircut during her troubled teenage years got her kicked out of the house, and how a dedicated mentor gave her the encouragement she needed to become an artist. She also recounts a few crazy stories featuring a clown, a bull and an eagle. Listen:

A young Tanya riding a horse.

A young Tanya riding a horse.

Growing up crossing the border every day to go to school in the United States was a critical part of Tanya's childhood, and informs a lot of her current art and design work. The isolation and frustrations—from violence to secrecy—that were a part of this daily process, gave Tanya a unique identity that wasn't quite 100% Mexican or American... her cultural identity remained in a confusing place that resembled purgatory. Her artwork became an outlet that set her free: listen to the episode above to hear more about how she channeled her emotions and experiences and carved out a space for herself and her family.

The Aguiñiga family

The Aguiñiga family

Tanya stands at the border wall. Photo by Gina Clyne Photography.

Tanya stands at the border wall. Photo by Gina Clyne Photography.

Tanya's most recent project, AMBOS, is a border activation with the goal to unite the community of people who cross the US/Mexico border every day through art. The project's first major activation just ended and she talks about the unexpected effect that it had on her and her family.

Tanya's rope jewelry, wall hangings and fiber housewares

Tanya's rope jewelry, wall hangings and fiber housewares

Tanya is most well known for her use of textiles in both home decor and jewelry. From textile-wrapped chairs to knit bowls to fringed wall-hangings and rope bracelets, Tanya is a pioneer of the contemporary fiber art movement.  In the episode she talks about how she studied with Mexican craftspeople to identify her life's calling.

Support (left) and Tierra (right), 2014, Volume Gallery

Support (left) and Tierra (right), 2014, Volume Gallery

SHEvening, 2015, Merryspace in Los Angeles

SHEvening, 2015, Merryspace in Los Angeles

Tanya's exploration of textiles in home decor and jewelry expanded into artwork and gallery installations, such as the ones pictured above. Not only does she create functional objects, but she also makes artistic sculptures that convey personal and universal statements about gender, identity and craft. 

Tanya and her AMBOS team members tying quipu knots at the border market. Photo by Gina Clyne Photography.

Tanya and her AMBOS team members tying quipu knots at the border market. Photo by Gina Clyne Photography.

As mentioned above, her AMBOS border art project was designed to unite the commuters crossing the US/Mexico border. The project involved many projects including pirate radio stations, photography, documentaries, and her personal project—creating quipu using knots made by the community. Listen and find out more about the road to making this fascinating project come alive.

The AMBOS banner with quipu knots. Photo by Gina Clyne Photography.

The AMBOS banner with quipu knots. Photo by Gina Clyne Photography.

AMBOS interacted with those who were crossing the border to tie a colorful knot that culminated in a series of colorful quipu community art project. Photos by Gina Clyne Photography.

AMBOS interacted with those who were crossing the border to tie a colorful knot that culminated in a series of colorful quipu community art project. Photos by Gina Clyne Photography.

In addition to her work, Tanya talked to us about life in Mexico (i.e., how Americans perceived it and its reality), her family's interesting backstory that included neighborhood marriages and hopping border fences, as well as her early years hustling for candy and the family's pet eagle (say what!?).

Photo by Gina Clyne Photography.

Photo by Gina Clyne Photography.

For more of Tanya's work, visit tanyaaguiniga.com and follow her on Instagram

To learn more about the AMBOS border art project, visit ambosproject.org.

You can also view Tanya's artwork or hear her speak at one of the following upcoming talks and exhibitions:

  • "Textiles: The Sense of Touch" (group show) August 27 - October 8, 2016, Lyndon House Arts Foundation, Athens, GA
  • Artist talk/lecture: September 15, Lyndon House Arts Foundation, Athens, GA
  • "Conglomerate Objects" (group show) September 12 - October 18, 2016 The Chan Gallery of the Pomona College, Claremont, CA
  • Panel discussion: October 15, American Craft Council Conference: Present Tense, Omaha, NE
  • Panel discussion: October 17, Design Sponge: In the Company of Women book tour, Los Angeles, CA
  • Artist talk/lecture: November 17: "What it means to be an ally" Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

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Ep. 12: David Weeks

Lighting, furnishing, and toy designer David Weeks chats with us about growing up in the South, making it in NYC, and being driven by curiosity, liberation and the importance of tactility in an increasingly virtual world. Along the way he slips in tales of smashing cars, badgering local acid trippers, and utilizing a technique called formal reduction.

Photo by Robert Bean

Photo by Robert Bean

From RISD grad to NYC designer, David recounts his time at art school studying sculpture, and what it was like to live on NYC's Canal Street in the early 90s. Lighting has been called the "jewelry of the home" so it's no surprise that David learned many techniques from his work with jewelry designer Ted Muehling. 

Young designer David at RISD

Young designer David at RISD

In his early career, David landed a big break that not only made him realize his true calling, but also understand more about who he was as a person. Listen to the episode to hear more about his laid back attitude toward design.

I never once thought it wasn’t going to work. I was always like ‘I’ll figure it out, and if it doesn’t work, I’ll modify it.’
One of David's early lights.

One of David's early lights.

Balancing an OTTO light

Balancing an OTTO light

David's background in both sculpture and jewelry are evident in his pieces, but he doesn't want to just be "the lighting guy." David's collection includes furniture, accessories and even toys for kids and adults alike.  

Hennen Cross light

Hennen Cross light

Sculpt Sofa

Sculpt Sofa

Brass nesting bowls

Brass nesting bowls

One of the things we love about David and his work is the playfulness he injects into his toy objects, from posable robots to a zoo of wooden animals. For Milan Design Week, he even created an oversized Cubebot that you can lounge on:

Photo by Marc Thorpe

Photo by Marc Thorpe

For more of David's work, visit davidweeksstudio.com and follow him along on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Also check out his awesome videos on Youtube.

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Ep. 11: Lee Broom

UK-based product and interior designer Lee Broom doesn't just design products or interiors. He puts on a production. In this episode, he entertains us with stories of being a child actor in a Shakespeare company, winning a fashion design competition that led to working with Vivienne Westwood, and designing the most expensive lightbulb you’ll ever buy. His flair for theatre makes an appearance in everything he does, from dramatic light fixtures to design week stunts he always puts on a gorgeous show. 

Portrait by Arthur Woodcroft

Portrait by Arthur Woodcroft

Lee's flair for theatrics started at a young age on the stage, then progressed as he went into fashion design but took a zig into interiors, and then zagged to product. What we love about Lee is that he's able to merge his experiences in other industries by creating spectacles and interactive spaces that engage and delight, from decorated bar installations to mobile showrooms!

“Salone del Automobile” lighting and interior installation inside of a delivery van that Lee drove from London to Milan for Salone del Mobile. 

“Salone del Automobile” lighting and interior installation inside of a delivery van that Lee drove from London to Milan for Salone del Mobile. 

The Crystal Bulb

The Crystal Bulb

Lee's recent popup installation in  New York City called Broom off Broome. Photo by Peter Murdock.

Lee's recent popup installation in  New York City called Broom off Broome. Photo by Peter Murdock.

Lee's multi-colored background isn't the only interesting thing about him: he's charming, witty, and a self-proclaimed perfectionist. And, we discovered that he sometimes designs projects in his sleep - tune in to hear more!

Shadow collection

Shadow collection

Split mirrors

Split mirrors

Hanging Hoop chair

Hanging Hoop chair

The Optical collection

The Optical collection

For more beauty and drama, visit leebroom.com and follow Lee on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Ep. 10: Greg Benson of Loll Designs

Designer and CEO of Loll Designs, Greg Benson, is living the good life in Duluth, MN. He shares with us his trajectory from building skate parks all over the world as a founder of TrueRide, to growing the trifecta of design, manufacturing, and distribution sister companies currently in the Loll family. A dedicated steward of the planet, he knows his way around the great outdoors, a well-crafted IPA, and the art of modern lollygagging - yeah, so what IS that anyway?! Tune in to find out:

As you can tell by this photo, Greg's a pretty fun guy. 

As you can tell by this photo, Greg's a pretty fun guy. 

Greg is a born and raised Minnesotan, who ended up sticking around to not only grow multiple businesses close to home, but to support the local community and environment he so loved as a boy. An avid outdoorsman, snowboarding, skating and catching turtles, his love of Minnesota and nature deeply impacted his future businesses. From early on, community was important to him, and hanging out with neighbors soon turned into a business opportunity and the rest is history... and the present.

Greg enjoying the outdoors as a young Minnesotan, hanging out catching turtles and other sea life.

Greg enjoying the outdoors as a young Minnesotan, hanging out catching turtles and other sea life.

TrueRide skate ramp

TrueRide skate ramp

From Rollerblades to skate parks to cutting boards and outdoor furniture, Greg knows quite a bit about starting and growing businesses. On top of that, he knows how to be resourceful. All of his businesses were built upon and maintain sustainability as their core value, with giving back as a secondary yet equally important ethos.

The signature modern Adirondak chairs, one of Greg's side projects that soon developed into Loll Designs.

The signature modern Adirondak chairs, one of Greg's side projects that soon developed into Loll Designs.

The Lollygagger Beer collaboration with Bent Paddle was created to raise money for a 100+ mile trail through Duluth, called the Duluth Traverse.

The Lollygagger Beer collaboration with Bent Paddle was created to raise money for a 100+ mile trail through Duluth, called the Duluth Traverse.

One of Epicurean's cutting boards

One of Epicurean's cutting boards

Loll has since expanded their collection to include lots more furnishings using their signature 100% recycled plastic material.

Loll has since expanded their collection to include lots more furnishings using their signature 100% recycled plastic material.

Tap handles, a side project that Greg and his crew worked on for Bent Paddle. Find out more of what they've got brewing in the beer world.

Tap handles, a side project that Greg and his crew worked on for Bent Paddle. Find out more of what they've got brewing in the beer world.

Poncho collaboration with Faribault Woolen Milll

Poncho collaboration with Faribault Woolen Milll

Greg sure knows how to have a good time! Find out what modern lollygagging is all about... listen above!

Greg sure knows how to have a good time! Find out what modern lollygagging is all about... listen above!

So, if anyone ever tells you that you're lollygagging, we think you can take it as a compliment. Lollygag on! 

Learn more about Loll Designs online at lolldesigns.com, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, be sure to check out Intectural, Good Sheet and Epicurean.

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Ep. 9: Gemma O'Brien

Australian letterer, illustrator and typographer Gemma O’Brien is a fascinating person - from the unique way she got her big break to her passion for the double meaning behind words and phrases, she won us over with more than just her charming accent. From blogs to instagram to exhibitions to global lectures, listen to her path and where she's headed next:

gemma-obrien-headshot.jpg
Gemma's studio

Gemma's studio

Her career in typography, lettering and illustration really took off when one of her school projects was featured on a prominent website about a provocative project in which she covered her body in beautiful and calligraphic lettering. But it's not the kind of publicity you would think... 

LCAD Gallery exhibition

LCAD Gallery exhibition

Hear Gemma talk about one of her favorite projects that was recently exhibited at Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) Gallery featuring words and phrases that we encounter everyday in the online world that have a totally different context in other settings. 

One of our favorite project of Gemma's, which has taken on a life of its own with its own Instagram hashtag, is the Spew Bag Challenge (#spewbagchallenge). A few years ago, she started this fun project for creative travelers with some time on their hands while up in the air. It organically grew to the point where she had an exhibition and even partnered with a major airline. Ah, the power of the interwebz! Here are a few of our favorite #spewbagchallenge submissions:

Gemma and her boyfriend Jason Crombie

Gemma and her boyfriend Jason Crombie

We also learn more about her home life, hanging out at home, where she enjoys spending time with her housemates, her writer boyfriend, Jason Crombie, running and cooking.

A quickly scribbled shopping list

A quickly scribbled shopping list

We even got Gemma to play a silly round of word association with us. Listen to the full episode above.

Follow Gemma online at gemmaobrien.com and on Instagram. Check out all of the spew bags here or on Instagram.

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Ep. 8: Robert Brunner

Robert Brunner, co-founder of Ammunition in San Francisco, is kind of a big deal. You might not immediately recognize his name if you're not entrenched in the product design scene, but you definitely know at least one if not more of his designs. Maybe you've heard of Beats by Dre headphones? Yeah, we thought so. 

Robert reveals that he considered engineering and art as career options, after his artist mother and engineer dad, but instead merged them by studying industrial design.  

A young Robert

A young Robert

Playing water polo in high school

Playing water polo in high school

Robert with his family

Robert with his family

Brunner founded a modernist grill company called Fuego, which makes outdoor grilling products for the design-savvy homeowner.

Mindset computer - Robert's piece that landed in the MoMA

Mindset computer - Robert's piece that landed in the MoMA

DoYouMatter-book-Robert-Brunner.jpg

He's also the author of a book about his design philosophy called Do You Matter? How Great Design Will Make People Love Your Company. Tune in to hear him talk about his design philosophy that goes beyond form and branding. 

A notable career moment was when he accepted a position at Apple ("between Jobs" as he says) and played an instrumental role in laying the groundwork for Apple's design division. 

The now ubiquitous Beats by Dre headphones

The now ubiquitous Beats by Dre headphones

At Ammunition, Robert is able to practice his design philosophy freely, and people are taking note. Ammunition was recently awarded the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Product Design, a distinguished honor that celebrates an entire body of work. And if that wasn't cool enough, he also got to hang with Dre and Diddy, so yeah... he's got cred all over the place.

Robert in a Dre-Diddy sandwich! We're so jealous!

Robert in a Dre-Diddy sandwich! We're so jealous!

Besides Beats by Dre, Ammunition has been responsible for the design of products for Polaroid, Williams-Sonoma, Adobe, Sonos, Intel, Citibank and many more... One of the most recent projects Robert and his team worked on was revamping the Lyft mustache into the more subtle Glowstache

Robert with his Ammunition Partners, Brett Wickens and Matt Rolandson

Robert with his Ammunition Partners, Brett Wickens and Matt Rolandson

Follow Ammunition online at ammunitiongroup.com and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can also follow Robert on Twitter @rdbrunner.

Read Robert's Friday Five on Design Milk here.

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Ep. 7: Terry Crews

OK, first of all, we know the question you're asking: why are we talking to Terry Crews on a design podcast? We first spotted him on the scene during this year's Milan Design Week and then again in NYC for NYCxDesign... and that got us thinking the same question as you—what's he doing hanging around the design scene? Well... besides being a former NFL linebacker, and an actor, writer, and many other things, Terry Crews is also a talented artist and a design patron. 

As you can imagine, we were excited and we knew we had to get the scoop. 

In this episode, Terry recounts his adventures in furniture design, including the genesis of his new design label Amen & Amen, cofounded with fashion designer Nana Boateng (see pics below). In the process, he slings some serious wisdom and infects us with his super-contagious lust for life. His high-octane enthusiasm and charisma is like jet fuel for your brain. Listen now:

Terry also gets candid about his childhood ambition to escape the trap of his bleak hometown in Michigan.

A young Terry Crews in the NFL

A young Terry Crews in the NFL

He expounds on his duality as both a tough athlete and sensitive artist. Listen above to find out more about how he discovered his talents and used them to keep himself afloat in hard times. 

Check out his artwork, which he recently shared with Jimmy Kimmel:

Via Jimmy Kimmel episode

Via Jimmy Kimmel episode

Terry at Interlochen Arts Camp in 1986. Image from Terry Crews' Instagram.

Terry at Interlochen Arts Camp in 1986. Image from Terry Crews' Instagram.

In The Secret Garden by Amen & Amen, designed by Ini Archibong

In The Secret Garden by Amen & Amen, designed by Ini Archibong

In The Secret Garden by Amen & Amen, designed by Ini Archibong

In The Secret Garden by Amen & Amen, designed by Ini Archibong

On a personal note, this was one of the most inspiring conversations we've ever had. Terry is deeply connected to his feelings and philosophies and in the process of explaining them, he was able to not only get us psyched up for the future of this podcast and all of our other life and career endeavors, he also shared a mind-blowing nugget of motivational advice that, well, that pretty much changes everything.

In The Secret Garden by Amen & Amen, designed by Ini Archibong. Booth in Milan at Salone Satellite.

In The Secret Garden by Amen & Amen, designed by Ini Archibong. Booth in Milan at Salone Satellite.

Want more Terry Crews? Check out his website at terrycrews.com. You can also follow Terry on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. See more from Amen & Amen here

In The Secret Garden by Amen & Amen photos courtesy of Ini Archibong. Read more about this Amen&Amen collection on Design Milk.

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Ep. 6: Jonathan Adler

JONATHAN ADLER! YAY! We were so excited to talk to the potter and home decor mogul about life, love, and (irreverent) luxury.

In this episode, he reveals how he found refuge from a tortured adolescence in clay and the potter’s wheel, and how getting out from behind the wheel engendered a personal creative explosion. Plus, he drops some serious knowledge bombs on us! Listen:

Jonathan Adler portrait by Todd Tankersley

Jonathan Adler portrait by Todd Tankersley

I got fired from four jobs in a row because I was terrible at being an adult.
— Jonathan Adler

Since launching his namesake brand, Jonathan Adler, he's opened 29 stores and designed thousands of products, some you will probably recognize, specifically his signature pottery, which started it all.

A selection of Jonathan's signature pottery

A selection of Jonathan's signature pottery

I told my parents, ‘I think I want to open a store.’ And they both said that’s a terrible idea, don’t do it, whatever you do, don’t do that. And I thought: bingo this is it.
— Jonathan Adler
Vice collection

Vice collection

Geo Needlepoint pillow collection

Geo Needlepoint pillow collection

He shares with us the origin of his very first store in Soho, which he believes was a turning point in his career.

A young, clay-spattered Jonathan at the potter's wheel.

A young, clay-spattered Jonathan at the potter's wheel.

We also get the story behind the design of the iconic Parker Palm Springs

Parker Palm Springs

Parker Palm Springs

Parker Palm Springs

Parker Palm Springs

And, even after becoming a design mogul, he still throws pots. Watch Jonathan in action right here!

Jonathan and his partner, Simon Doonan, and their dog FoxyLady.

Jonathan and his partner, Simon Doonan, and their dog FoxyLady.

Shop Jonathan Adler's products and learn more about his empire at jonathanadler.com

Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Ep. 5: Rebecca Finell

We talk to design mogul Rebecca Finell of Finell about her unusual path from medicine to modern design, balancing business with babies, and standing out in a sea of sameness. 

Rebecca talks about designing her first hit product while still in school, transitioning from pre-med to industrial design, and her love of Austin, Texas. We also learn how good partnerships were a key to her success. Listen now:

I don’t believe in balance, it doesn’t exist. Sometimes your business needs you and sometimes your family needs you. And so you try to balance the best you can. There are times where you have to give more to one or the other. What I try to do is just be very very present when I’m with one.
— Rebecca Finell
Family is important to Rebecca - and she's recently welcomed a fourth member into the Finell family

Family is important to Rebecca - and she's recently welcomed a fourth member into the Finell family

Rebecca's husband, Brian, holding the most recent addition to their family: Jules.

Rebecca's husband, Brian, holding the most recent addition to their family: Jules.

We appreciate hearing the realities of how Rebecca is able to juggle motherhood with business and still have time to do the things she loves. Kids and family have always played a significant role in her life, and have had a big impact on her designs and career trajectory.  

Boon trade show booth

Boon trade show booth

The product that started it all: the Frog Pod

The product that started it all: the Frog Pod

She also talks about how Boon, the company that started it all, was able to break into the already saturated kid product market by making waves. Life after Boon offered a sea of possibilities for Rebecca,  who is now focused on her namesake brand, Finell, designing everything from decor to handbags. Listen to the episode to find out what else she's planning to design next.

Finell home decor

Finell home decor

Finell slide tray

Finell slide tray

Finell Rae handbag

Finell Rae handbag

For more on Rebecca Finell, visit Finell.co and follow Finell on instagram

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Ep. 4: Brendan Ravenhill

Los Angeles-based lighting and furniture designer Brendan Ravenhill is leading an interesting life. From a youth in West Africa, to running a growing studio in Los Angeles, he's made stops along the way that involve lobstering, boat-building, academia and a Schindler house. 

In this episode, Brendan reveals how profound grief led him to find solace in making things with his hands. While he's got a rigorous work-ethic, play tops his list of to-dos. He shares with us the story of his unusual courtship with his now-wife, and melts us like buerre with his French. Listen now:

I just kind of grew up always being the weight on the end of the board as he cut it, or the person getting him nails that fell on the ground, the little boy just at his father’s workbench.
— Brendan Ravenhill
Studio Double Pivot Chandelier

Studio Double Pivot Chandelier

Grain Drum Pendant

Grain Drum Pendant

Brendan talks about the experience of raising a barn and meeting someone special. With that come-hither gaze, I'm guessing that was his future-wife taking the picture...

Brendan Ravenhill raises a barn and lands a wife

Brendan Ravenhill raises a barn and lands a wife

Fresh off his recent visit to his childhood town in Cote d'Ivoire, Brendan shares these compelling images with us. 

Scenes from Côte d'Ivoire

Scenes from Côte d'Ivoire

For more on Brendan Ravenhill Studio visit brendanravenhill.com. Keep tabs on Brendan or Brendan Ravenhill Studio on Instagram.

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Ep. 3: Amy + Jaime (aka The First Pancake)

When you decide to create a podcast, you have to start somewhere. We've been calling this episode The First Pancake because this is where we started. We didn't want to subject a guest to all of our awkward, beginner-ness so we interviewed each other. This was our mock-up episode, we used it to work out our tech issues, audio quality, music, editing and format. We were planning to shelve it, you know the way you do with old sketches, jigs and models. But then we changed our minds and thought, hey—you guys might actually want to know a little more about us, why we're doing this, and what the process has been like. So we brought it back, and shined it up. Listen now:

Left: Jaime Derringer / Right: Amy Devers 

Left: Jaime Derringer / Right: Amy Devers 

Jaime tells Amy all about how she grew up in South Jersey, spending summers on the Jersey shore, and spending the formative years cultivating her love of modern design in furniture stores. 

Young Jaime smiles big on the Jersey shore

Young Jaime smiles big on the Jersey shore

She shares the backstory, trials and tribulations of running a media empire that includes Design Milk, Adorn Milk and Dog Milk. She also talks candidly about how she suffers from perfectionism, which she believes is a "sort-of disorder". She's even written an article about it. And, as an artist, she finds creating art is therapeutic in many ways, and has helped her overcome her desire for this "unattainable perfection." 

Weiteratmen (Keep breathing), 2016, 30"x40" acrylic, spray paint, marker, pencil, fabric paint on linen by Jaime Derringer

Weiteratmen (Keep breathing), 2016, 30"x40" acrylic, spray paint, marker, pencil, fabric paint on linen by Jaime Derringer

Follow Jaime on Twitter and Instagram. Follow Design Milk on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.


Amy shares with Jaime the the somewhat circuitous path that led her to study furniture design at San Diego State University and Rhode Island School of design. 

Nesting Tables, 2005, acrylic and wenge by Amy Devers for the series Freeform Furniture on DIY Network

Nesting Tables, 2005, acrylic and wenge by Amy Devers for the series Freeform Furniture on DIY Network

She tells the story of how she fell into show business, and talks about some of the shows she's hosted and the highlights she’s encountered along the way.

Devers gets the lowdown from architect Bjarke Ingels on the 8 House construction site while filming Designer People

Devers gets the lowdown from architect Bjarke Ingels on the 8 House construction site while filming Designer People

And she reluctantly divulges the origin of her childhood nickname, Schneider. 

Amy Devers lives up to the Schneider nickname on the set of Fix This Yard (Photo by Emily Shur)

Amy Devers lives up to the Schneider nickname on the set of Fix This Yard (Photo by Emily Shur)

For more about Amy go to amydevers.com. Follow Amy on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.

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