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Tuesday
Apr082014

milan 2014: monday

We’re thrilled to be back in Milan for the Salone—especially after this past (seemingly endless) winter!

The Duomo is sparkling after years of cleaning—the inside restoration is still in progress—and after Sunday’s flowerfest along the canal in Navigli, window boxes are colorful again. Just outside Zona Tortona, here we’ve discovered a new favorite watering hole, Pinch, where cocktails are crafted and where we’ve met new acquaintances we hope will become new friends.

Under the watch of Leonardo da Vinci—one of the greatest designers of all times—we can’t wait to see new innovations and inspirations. Stay tuned!

Wednesday
Mar052014

watch: yellow

Friday
Feb282014

in memoriam: mike parker

courtesy of Wikipedia User: GearedBull Mike Parker joined Mergenthaler Linotype Company company—which would become the world’s leading manufacturer of book and newspaper typesetting equipment—as Design Director in the late 1950s, just a few years after the creation of the Neue Haas Grotesk font.

A sans-serif font created by Swiss designers Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffman of the Haas Type Foundry, it was neutral with great clarity and versatile in weight—characteristics which made it perfect for signage and printing.

At the time, the font wasn’t designed for use on Mergenthaler Linotype hot metal typesetting machines—the industry-standard machine for printing newspapers, magazines, and posters—so Parker reworked it and added it to Mergenthaler’s library of fonts.

While at the company, he added about a thousand others fueling Mergenthaler’s success—not to mention the wide-spread use of the renamed font: Helvetica, Latin for Swiss*.

Similarly to Parker’s work adapting Neue Haas Grotesk to Helvetica, digitally-based fonts such as Arial and Bitstream Vera would be based on it—the font many believe to be the best ever created.

Thanks to the contributions of the late Mike Parker—designer, type historian, a shepherd of typography including Bitstream all-digital, the font god—clear signage tells us how to get where we want to go and multitudes of digital words read more beautifully.

Check out Mike Parker’s interview in Gary Hustwit’s 2007 documentary about the infamous typeface, Helvetica.

*wikipedia.org/wiki/Helvetica

Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: BROOKLYNrehab

Where was your favorite place to live?
Brooklyn were I am now and have been for over 10 years.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My living room with front balcony. It is a combination of new and vintage items. It can be whatever I need it to be. A space to relax. A space to entertain. A cozy perch to watch the interesting people in my neighborhood pass-by.

What do you drive?
My bike. It is the easiest way to get around the city and good exercise too.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Flea markets and travel. I love looking at the past and other cultures for inspiration.

Alyssa Zygmunt of BROOKLYNrehab What are your interests outside of design?
Good food. Nature. Biking. Exploring new places.

Who are you design icons?
John Pawson, Zaha Hadid, Eva Zeisel, AvroKO.

Form vs. function?
Why choose?

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The egg.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Air Stream Trailer.

What is your personal decorating style?
Eclectic.

What’s your favorite possession?
A small anvil that once belonged to my Grandfather. I use it everyday and it reminds me that I come from a long line of makers.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Living in New York City, ever evolving mix of interesting people and emerging ideas.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy similar objects in groups of three or more to create an instant collection. Flea markets and vintage stores are a great source. It can also be a goal for future treasure hunts as you expand the collection.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Received: Do what you love because you spend more time working than you do anything else. Gave: If you love what you do it does not feel like work!

cloud napkin holder round wood cheese board bulls eye coaster set flag serving board

To see the Renegade Craft Fair capsule collection for CB2, go here.

Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: ryan kapp

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’ve only ever lived in Ohio and Chicago and I would have to say Chicago is my favorite by far. I once heard someone say that Chicago is a serious metropolis in the middle of nowhere. I really liked that assessment and I think it lends a certain dimensionality to the people who live here. If Chicago was like it is in the summer year-round, then it would be completely blown out. But we suffer through the winter every year because we love it here.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite room is the dining room. We have a huge book shelf in there with all my design books, LP’s and little objects that I love.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything that captures the right mood at the right time - it can be the weather, a certain type of light, a skateboard photo, a song, a memory.

What are your interests outside of design?
Skateboarding, music, travel, nature, sharks, Chicago Bulls.

Who are your design icons?
David Hockney, Alex Katz, Charley Harper, Chris Ware, Geoff McFetridge.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
It would have to be the skateboard. It’s so simple but you can do so many different tricks with it. It’s also a blank canvas and all the fantastic graphics from the 80s were some of my first visual influences.

Ryan Kapp What do you drive?
2000 Honda Civic, manual transmission.

What one item do you wish you owned?
One of those mod hanging fireplace orbs.

Form vs. function?
Can I have it both ways?

What is your personal decorating style?
Mostly Mid-Century Modern with personal objects thrown in.

What’s your favorite possession?
My semi-auto screen printing press.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Donuts & vintage action figures.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Do-it-yourself framing—order frames online at wholesale prices and put everything together yourself to save on labor and mark-ups.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Best advice received: Try to do whatever it is you want to do so well that the rest takes care of itself. Best advice given: Don’t make life harder than it already is.

french bulldog screen print shiba inu screen print

To see the Renegade Craft Fair capsule collection for CB2, go here.

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