I have enjoyed all the places life has taken me.
I was born in Minnesota, raised in Rome Italy, and lived in NYC for the past 10 years. I recently moved to Southern New Jersey and I am really enjoying it. What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen, my mother always said that food has been important to me since a young age. In my family it is a room were people come together. Now my wife is a baker, so I am always roaming around the kitchen trying to “taste test”. What are your interests outside of design?
Skateboarding, fishing, flea markets, wrestling, records, zines. What is your personal decorating style?
It is still evolving, I like color and patterns. I definitely have a ton of small objects that I collect and keep around. Items that are nostalgic to me. Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Dumpster dive. What are your sources of inspiration?
Adventure, experiences, the universe, skateboarding, scientific illustrations, typography, textiles, and so much more. Who are you design icons?
Alexander Girard, Ernst Haeckel, Sven Lukin, Raymond Pettibon, Barry Mcgee, Dan Funderburgh, the list goes on. In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Right now I am going to say the vinyl record. Music plays a huge part in my day and my creative process. I have been around the house and studio a lot lately and always try to keep a record in rotation. Form vs. function?
I think they go hand in hand, but I find in my own work form comes first. What do you drive?
A skateboard and a Jeep Grand Cherokee when I have to get supplies. What’s your favorite possession?
My grandfathers custom made wrestling robe. It is purple and gold velvet with a sequin belt. He was a pro wrestler in the 1950s. My interest in his career has only grown over the past few years. What was/is your biggest indulgence?
My vinyl record collection. I am always ready to go to the record store to find something new. What one item do you wish you owned?
Some crazy record player like the Clearaudio Statement Turntable or the ONEDOF Turntable. What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
“Either you evolve with time or you dissolve with time.” —Dave Ortiz
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Where was your favorite place to live?
Right here in Los Angeles—mainly because of the weather. I spend a lot of time outside so the mild temperatures are great. There’s also tons of places to take my dogs. I often take them hiking and to the beach.
What’s your favorite room in your home?
The living room, It’s full of windows and has the best light. I usually paint on the floor and I can still hang out and watch movies with my family while I’m working.
What are your interests outside of design?
I spend all my free time walking and playing with my dogs. I’m kind of obsessed with them. I also enjoy hanging out with family and friends, running, and eating cookies.
I’m inspired by animals, movies, music, strange characters on the streets,family,friends,and anything that makes me laugh.
Who are you design icons?
David Shrigley, Craig Atkinson, Marcel Dzama, Margaret Kilgallen, and David Fullarton to name a few.
Form vs. function?
A little of both, thank you very much.
In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The donut. That hole in the middle is genius!
What one item do you wish you owned?
A house with a huge backyard and lots of trees. Also a nice pair of loafers.
What’s your favorite possession?
I’m extremely cheap and don’t like to spend money on anything but I do have a decent collection of art books and my album collection is a slow work in progress.
What is your personal decorating style?
I like an eclectic look. a little vintage and modern mixed together.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Every morning I get a 32oz iced Americano from the coffee shop near my house. It’s very large and ridiculous looking—it looks like a big gulp—but I love it so…
What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Be honest. Make what you like and someone on this great big planet might like it too.
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1. Family. My fiancee Chad—who makes me laugh—and our best furry friends Oscar and Wilbur.
2. I start my mornings with large iced Americanos—made at home with a Jura coffee machine—they’re a great kick start and they get me through most of the day.
3. Favoring refined lines, a black Mini Cooper—solid color, no fuss just beautiful details—is in keeping with most of what hangs in my closet.
4. A Fitbit Force keeps me motivated to exercise daily—I’m checking my steps constantly.
6. In all its forms, Architecture is interesting and inspiring—especially here in Chicago where it’s at a world-class level both historically and with new, modern structures being added every year. Favorites are Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg and Rocio Romero.
7. A few years ago, I bought my first print by Amos Kennedy—over time it’s grown into a prized collection so it’s featured in a prime location of the living room.
8. A pair of brass peacocks I won on eBay—I love mixing vintage with modern.
10. I always dreamed of a home with a yard—gardening is a great way to enjoy being outside, learn a new hobby, and feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. To maintain it, we bought a Worx lawn mower with a rechargeable battery. And our new rechargeable battery operated Snow Joe snow blower has been essential to get us through the Polar Vortex winter—it arrived days before our first snow storm!
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