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New Happenings, New exhibits, and New York Times,

We're thrilled to share all these exciting news & happenings in addition to our BIG MOVE!  It's only been the first quarter this year, and already we've had so many exciting things happen as if there were some sort of cosmic forces that made all the stars align and everything have fallen into place beautifully.  The first couple months we did a little west coast tour with great companies like Urban Outfitters (Seattle), Heath Ceramics(San Francisco), and Poketo (Los Angeles).  We launched a new edition of our Ovis Chair with Avo at AD Home show.  Now this coming month, we'll be making our big move to NY as well as showing and attending Salone de Mobile expo in Milan! 

Here's what we're up to this month and in May! 


Roll & Hill Lighting / Milan

APRIL 14th - APRIL 19th

It's official!  L&G will be debuting a fresh revamp of our Shape Up lighting series, through Brooklyn-based Roll & Hill.   We are incredibly honored and thrilled to be in such great company not to mention to be in Milan for the launch at Euroluce during Salone De Mobile. 

MORE ABOUT EUROLUCE

LOCATION: 
Fiera Milano / Strada Statale 33 del Sempione, 28, 20145 Rho Milan, Italy ( HALL 13 - STAND H 12)


Wallpaper* Handmade / Milan

APRIL 14th - APRIL 24th

Each year, Wallpaper* hand picks select designers, makers and manufacturers to create one-off pieces to be exhibited in Milan during Salone de Mobile. L&G Studio is excited to be one of the chosen designers to collaborate with UK-based manufactures to create an exciting new piece under the theme of entertainment, which will be revealed on April 14th.

MORE INFO HERE 


LOCATION: Arcade Casati 32, Via San Gregorio 43 / Via Casati 32, 20124 Milan, Italy

 


BDDW showroom / Milano

APRIL 15th - APRIL 24th

L&G Studio's newly released Shape Up lights for Roll & Hill will be shown alongside a handful of talented American designers including Apparatus Studio, Lindsey Adelman, Karl Zahn, Bec Brittain, Egg Collective, Natalie page, David Weeks, Roman & Williams for Matter, and more! 

MORE INFO


LOCATION:  Via Santa Marta 19A, Milano, 20123, Italy


Bellevue Art Museum / Seattle

APRIL 17th - AUGUST 16th

We're thrilled to be part of a design exhibit featuring 28+ Pacific Northwest designers/makers in one of our favorite buildings in Seattle designed by Steven Holl.  A show curated by the amazing Charlie Schuck.

MORE INFO HERE


LOCATION:  510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004


New York Design Week / OFFSITE

May 15 - May 18

Last year's Sight Unseen Offsite was amazing and this year only promises to be even better.  We are proud to be joining an amazing cast of design talent on display at a state-of-the-art photo & event studio just a block away from ICFF.  
We'll be exhibiting new lighting and sculptural  work collaboratively with west coast & east coast friends including Seattle-based glass artist/designer, John Hogan and Brooklyn's Calico Wallpaper.  
 

MORE INFO HERE


LOCATION:  Hudson Mercantile / 500 West 36th Street, NYC, NY, 10018


L&G Studio in T Magazine

L&G studio was featured as one of the 6 new design talents of America in the recent style issue of T Magazine. Read about how we made up words like "Shapeism" in describing our design process of simplify objects to their basic forms and playing them like building blocks.  We're incredibily honored to be featured alongside with other new American talents like Moving Mountain, Calico Wallpaper, Matthew Sullivan,  Steven Halenbeek, and AQQ.

READ THE FULL STORY

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L&G at AD Home Show

L&G STUDIO at AD MADE SECTION / BOOTH #168 

Come visit us from Thur-Sat. 11am-7pm / Sun. 10am-6pm  

L&G Studio will be debuting new lighting, home decor accessories, and special limited edition Ovis chairs in collaboration with AVO.  We'll also be exhibiting alongside with our friends from Grain!  We look forward to seeing you there!

PIERS 92 & 94 / 55th Street at 12th Ave, NYC, NY 10019

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L&G HOLIDAY FRENZY for the last of 2014

This 2014 Holiday season will be our busiest season yet! Here's our epic lineup of holiday events & shows for 2014!

We can't be more excited to be part of all these great curated group events around Seattle, NYC and Miami! Go check out these events and support other local designers/makers like us! This is the time of the year where all us makers/designers will do whatever it takes to make sure that everyone has something special they can give to their loved ones.  It means more to us than anything else to see the goods we design & make with our hands can bring all sorts of smiles, hugs & kisses to countless people on every holiday season.  

We hope to keep this warm and fuzzy feeling all year round!   

SEE THE FULL LIST OF EVENTS WITH LINKS FOR MORE DETAILS! 

DEC 1-20 /  DESIGN PUB/101 Manmade  /  151 NE 40th St,  Miami, FL,  33137 / OPEN Mon - Sat 10am- 5pm 

DEC 5-7 / KING STREET MAKERS MARKET  / 666 S king st (Intl'District), Seattle (International District)/  OPEN Fri-Sun 10am-8pm

DEC 4-7/ CRAFT & CULTURE SHOWROOM POPUP /909 Western Ave. Seattle (Pioneer Square) / OPEN Fri-Sun 12pm-7pm + OPENING PARTY on DEC 6th 7pm-11pm

DEC. 10 / L&G STUDIO DESIGNER SHOWCASE AT PRISM 4208 Ballard ave, Seattle (Ballard) / OPEN Wed Only,  7pm-10pm

DEC. 12-14 / JOIN DESIGN MARKET / Studio e: 609 S Brandon St, Seattle (Georgetown) / OPEN Fri-Sun 11am-7pm + OPENING PARTY on DEC 13th 6pm-10pm

DEC. 11-21 / WIRED STORE / 459 W 14th St, New York City / OPEN DAILY 11am-7pm

DEC. 19-31/ SECRET SURPRISE L&G STUDIO BLOW OUT SALE! / If You like surprises as much as we do, then you'll REALLY like this SURPRISE BLOW OUT SALE we're planning for DEC 19-31st! Just follow @jeanlgstudio on Instagram to get the full event announcement! This is meant for last-minute shoppers (like us) and for anyone who likes to pamper themselves with something special! (yes! you deserved it!)  This will be our way to celebrate the end of Twenty Fourteen! So......stay tuned!!! 


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(L&G) + (NYC x Design) = NEW EXCITEMENT!

L&G is proud to introduce two entirely new collections debuting at the upcoming NYC x Design week starting May 17-20th.

MIRAGE- A collection of optic-bending furniture from shelves to tables.

MARU- A collection of lighting and accessories that explores the functional and aesthetic versatility of mix materials in all types of circular forms.  

Check out the collection HERE.

For the past month, we've been practically running on non-stop adrenaline straddling between excitement, caffeine,  and sleep deprivation while gearing up to launch 2 collections, 7 new products, at 5 venues during NYC x Design 2013!  

For the past month, we've been practically running on non-stop adrenaline straddling between excitement, caffeine,  and sleep deprivation while gearing up to launch 2 collections, 7 new products, at 5 venues during NYC x Design 2013!  

Here are the list of events that we'll be part of!

1. NOHO NEXT 2013 (we will be there, so come say hello!) @ Subculture, 45 Bleecker Street; May 17–20, 12pm to 7pm. Dylan & I will be there in person while exhibiting our brand new collections Mirage & Maru- a series of work from furniture, lighting, to small home accessories.

2. AmDC’s TROPHY  @ Underground at The Standard, East Village Hotel, 25 Cooper Square; May 17–20 / 12pm to 7pm. We'll be exhibiting our special mirage shelves.

3. RECLAIM x 2  @ 446 Broadway, 3rd Floor; Thursday, May 16, 2013 / 7pm- 11pm. We've donated special one-off editions of L&G wind chimes made in collaboration with artist Nicholas Nyland for Reclaim's second charity sale. 

4. STDARD SOCKET @ Wanted Design- 269 11th Avenue; May 18th-20th / 10am-7pm. Our ‘Full Turn’ lighting will be displayed as part of Standard Socket’s inaugural lighting collection.

5. STORY @ 144 10th Ave; May 1st-May 30th / 11-7pm. We're part of STORY's ever changing retail concept store offering some small gift & home goods at their current [DESIGN] theme popup shop.

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Photos of AmDC at MOST Salone x FAB in Milan

Check out these great photos from AmDC's exhibit in a beautiful old Italian courtyard. Talk about a dramatic setting!

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L&G going to Milan (in spirit)!

This is happening... AmDC's will be showing in Milan at Most Salone from April 9th-14th.  Although we can't physically be there to join all the fun, we're still excited to have some of our works be shown under AmDC during that time!  

Every small step is still a step closer to our dream, right?!

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Holiday Shop Frenzy

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Holiday Shop Frenzy

Every year, we tell ourselves that we need to prepare early since this is always our busiest time of the year. But of course, no matter how much we think we prepared ourselves....we still end up working late hours and feeling sleep deprived for the majority of the time.

....And this holiday especially seemed extra actioned packed. 

We're totally stoked to get orders from some of our favorite shops from all over!

The Cool Hunter's pop-up in Australia / Douglas + Bec in New Zealand  / Makers & Brothers in Ireland / April & May in The Netherlands / Le Kiosk in Sweden / Die Sellerie in Austria / The Drake General Store in Toronto / Nineteenten in Vancouver / The Future Perfect , Sight Unseen, and American Design Club in New York / Unison Home in Chicago / Terrain in Philadelphia / Propeller in San Francisco / Woonwinkel in Portland / Frye Art Museum Shop in Seattle!

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Besides cranking out orders for all those awesome stores, we also couldn't help ourselves from other fun happenings/events in Seattle! Here are some photo documentation below taken from our Instagram.

We made a fun lookbook along with our Seattle friends from Grain and Iacoli & McAllister.

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We did a Himmeli ornament workshop at the Meet The Makers event at the Frye.

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We designed and made our own special L&G letterhead that folds into an envelope! 

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And finally, we organized and put together The BLAK design popup the last weekend before Christmas at Caffe Vita! 

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There's still so much I need to blog about, but needless to say, we're just happy that we made it through the holidays!

Now it's time to unwindulax!

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NEXT WEEKEND: THE BLAK\Designmart

In celebrating the early winter dark hours, Brite collective presents THE BLAK\designmart!! 
 

THE BLAK\DESIGNMART

A 2-day only holiday sale featuring 30+ emerging designer/makers presenting limited edition BLAK products under the theme of black to celebrate the early winter nights! In addition, a separate open designmart where more designers will be there to represent and sell their own work outside the theme.  

ALSO We're excited to share that this event will help support the new non-profit design organization, Seattle Design Foundation. SDF's mission is to create a platform for local creatives, in both social and financial capacities.  

DATE/TIME
DEC 15-16 SATURDAY-SUNDAY 11am-5pm
LOCATION
1011 E. PIKE STREET, SEATTLE 98122 @CAFFE VITA BEAN ROOM

EVENING SOCIAL: SAT 5-8pm
 
Come meet the designers and enjoys special BLAK drinks, snacks, & treats!
**Come dressed in black or something relating to the theme!!**

FEATURED DESIGNERS:

&c. / Aaron Murray / Aleks Pollner / Ampersand As Apostrophe / Ample / Blk Pine workshop / Brakish / Bultman Ceramics / Cassie Hibbert Design / Christianna Shaw / Erin Kendig / Fleet Objects / Free Time Industries / fruitsuper / Glasswing / Grain / HighLow Jewelry /Irene Wood / Jessalin Beautler / Kaleidoscope Vision / Kate Greiner / Kimberly Baker / Ladies & Gentlemen Studio / Maiden Noir / Maudern /Metrode / Mimot / Neon Noble / Nicholas Nyland / Noal Nyland / OBJECT / OUI / Ozen Company / Piano Nobile / Ria Leigh / R&L Goods / Sarah Loertscher / Studio Arno / Ta+ma / Tanya Aguiniga / Urbancase / VonTundra /Zero Sept...and MORE!!!

GET THE LATEST UPDATES & RSVP on our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS with anyone & everyone! THANKS!!

 

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Meet L&G Maker's at the FRYE

This THURSDAY ( if you're in Seattle) come visit Dylan & I at the FRYE's  Meet the Makers happy hour this from 4pm-7pm!

Come hang out with us, enjoy some champagne & treats, and come see or make some special ornaments with us! 

If you haven't visited the Frye already, here's the perfect excuse to also come check out Frye's current exhibhit (FREE!) and their newly revamped museum OBJECT store cruated by our talented friend Charlie Scuck!

See you there!

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VALUE DESIGNERS at VALUE SHOP: Part 2

Here's the second half list of the participating studios!

13. Ladies & Gentlemen Studio:  That's us... Jean & Dylan (also co-organizer of the popup, Brite Collective, and JOIN)  like to keep a diverse array of things from chalkable piggy banks, to servers, to jewelery, to serving trays, and even lights.  Some might call it lack of commitment, but they prefer to call it diversification!

14. Material Good:  Founded on a vision that a company can include working for a cause in it's core vision, material good donates a portion of all sales to causes that promote curing and preventing cancer.  Their "Little Shirley" vases are an homage to founder Lauren Burman's grandmother, who inspired the idea for Material Good.

15. Meet Me Here: Jonas DeVerona creates simple well-constructed bags, accessories and clothes with quality materials and a keen eye for details.

16. Metrode: Caitlin collaborates with skilled small town hobbyist & crafters to create products in their craft with her creative vision and aesthetic.  The result is an elevation of traditional crafts beyond kitsch to the point of high design.

17. Object: Photographer Charlie Schuck is a man of many visions, but fortunately for us he has a soft spot for design.  Through the opening of Object, a Belltown design store and event space he champions good design with a minimally curated collection of furniture, lighting, home goods, jewelry, accessories, and vintage objects.

18. Paper Hammer: A paper studio/shop founded by Ed Marquand  (of Marquand Books - Seattle publishing company) that's all about bring back art of paper goods and book binding.  Their studio based in Tieton (a small Eastern Washington town recently revitalized as an artist town) creates their goods with the loving care that few care to give to papergoods these days.

19. Perhacs Studio: Founded by Brandon Perhacs and based on Bainbridge Island, the studio creates graphically playful products many of which can be customized by their users.

20. R&L goods:  Jean & Chika whip up a lovely collection of handmade wallets, notebooks, and other softgoods with prints in collaboration with Piano Nobile.

21. Studio Arno: A brand new company founded by Justin Lyle who makes sophisticated modern bolo ties using an array of exotic woods.

22. Ta+Ma:  We love Designer Tamae Satsu's eye for details and materials in her line of simple soft goods made from high quality leather and felt.

23. Urbancase:  Darin Montgomery of Urbancase is all about designing objects and spaces that contribute to a simpler, pared back lifestyle. 

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VALUE DESIGNERS at VALUE SHOP: Part 1

On behalf of Brite Collective & JOIN, I'd like to just share what all this VALUE SHOP excitement is about!  We now have 20+ design studios which we'll feature at the VALUE (pop-up) SHOP for this coming weekend!!

We got some design "O.G."s, but also some new friends in the mix! Here's a sneak peak & a little something about each of the designers  alphebetaically ordered starting with the first half of the list....

1. Ample: Is a modern furniture & lighting studio founded by Andy Johnson.  The studio produces everything right here in Seattle, Washington with a strong preference for local materials and a deep conviction that furniture can and should be built to last a lifetime - or two 

2. Aleks Pollner: Ceramic porcelain artist who tests our perception of precoius porcelain objects and what it  means when things are just meant to be broken.

3. Ashley Helvey: the multi-talented textile artist, stylist, foodie, prolific blogger, and ultra-skilled thrifter. 

4. Blkpine Workshop: Christa Thomas & Nin Troung (also the co-organizers of this popup) have this amazing knack for juggling multiple creative businesses and roles at once. They are the founders/designers of Blkpine Workshop (Seattle-made bags),  Maiden Noir (menswear brand), Cafe Weekend (a delightful cafe), and on top of that Nin's a creative director for Stussy.  And we think we're busy with just one studio!

5. Brackish:  An up & coming furniture company founded by Forest Eckley & Andy Whitcomb.  Their thoughtful approach to design is based on a simple balance of carefully salvaged materials to create one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that are equal parts warm and industrial.

6. Erich Ginder: A PNW native who draws upon natural and traditional imagery from his youth to create fresh, playful remixes of classic forms.

7. fruitsuper: A seattle duo that puts the fun in fundamental with their simple, colorful, and functional products.

8. Glasswing: A collective founded by three roommates (Forest, also part of Brakish, Alisa, and Sean)who see eye-to-eye in all the little things that matter for living a quality life.  They have a shared interest which sent them on a mission to gather the best sources for delightful everyday essentials from scented homemade candles, honey from nearby farms, accessories, and more.

9. Grain:  Our Bainbridge Island-based friends whose thoughtful designs are dedicated to social and environmental responsibility.  Their goods are produced in small batches at their island studio or through special collaborations with expert artisans in the US and abroad.

10. Herman Yu:  A Seattle designer who creates beautiful printed cards and calendars featuring artfully manipulated natural images that are simultaneously graphic and ethereal.

11. Iacoli & McAllister:  A collaboration between Jamie Iacoli and Brian McAllister that yields an impressive line up of lighting, furniture, jewelry, and small products.  Their work never ceases to be an amazing intersection of materials and geometry.

12. Jessalin Beutler:  A collection of accessories and clothes that are feature bold geographic patterns HAND-painted by Jessalin herself!

So yah......quite a list already, eh? This is like rounding up all the super hereos with all their super making powers!

Well, guess what? we're only at the half way point! More designers to follow for part 2!

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VALUE SHOP: Design Pop-up Shop

.....This is happening in 8 days!

SHOP HOURS:
9/21- 12pm-8pm
9/22- 10am-8pm
9/23- 10am-6pm

LOCATION:

On John street (between 9th &  Westlake) see MAP for exact location of Design Block

MORE INFO:

Go to our FB EVENT page for more info & invite everyone!

The Value Shop is a 3-day desing popup shop which will feature 17+ local Seattle studios. Our mission is to bring together all the great Seattle design studios by not only highlighting the products, but also share each a bit more about studio's approach, process, and way of designing.

Our shop will be amongst a group of large shipping containers that will be placed in South Lake Union neighborhood right by the Discover Center on John Street (between 9th ave N & Western)

Hopefully the weather will look just like this dream rendering!

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L&G Sale at Remodelista Market

Dylan & I will be part of next weekend's Remodelista Market at Dwell on Design in LA, June 22-24th. Along with our other JOIN friends (Blk Pine Workshop, Grain, Fleet Objects, fruitsuper, Iacoli & McAllister, R&L goods), we'll all be selling our goods there!

We will be bringing an array of goods such as our classic chalk piggy bank, homestead candlesticks,  Salt & Pepper Pawz, our new Aura lights, and some brand new Perimeter Tray color comobos...like this one!

We love how fresh and bold it looks & feels!

We're also excited to be showing some Bloc necklaces! We're especially excited about these photos for our Bloc necklace lookbook (coming soon!)

We're so thankful that we got the help from our multi-talented friends!  Charlie Schuck who took the photos, and Ashley who styled the shoot! 

So lots of exciting things will be happening around Dwell on Dwell! We're totally stoked! So if you happened to be in LA, come say hello and see our new work in person!!

 

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Getting ready for NY Design Week!

We've been feeling like Super Mario Brothers for the past week and a half trying to pass every level of finishing our products, taking photos of our work, editing the photos, sending out a newsletter & press releases,  pack & shipping our furniture & lights so it'll get to NY in time, remembering to pack our clothes (and underwear), making sure our water bottle doesn't have any water in them when going through security,  and remembering to put our shampoo, contact solution, utility knife, hammers, drill bits & screws in the checked luggage and NOT in our carry on.... 

It's usually stressful leading up to catching the flight, but once we're on the plane we feel we can at least relax a little being so far away from work...and instead be able to enjoy a view like this....the high altitude sunset and little itty bitty frost crystals that forms on the window...so neat.

Then we land in NY....and then it's back to frantic town all over again!! So now we're on to the next challenging level of dealing with all the logistics in New York to set up our work up in time for Noho Design District!! And this level is all about doing errands in middle of Manhattan....WITH A MINI VAN! And boy did we let loose on the horn.

It's only been our first full day in NY and we're already exhausted from all the rush and trying to get everything set up!!! Luckily there was enough adrenalin going through both of us that kept us from just passing out....

Anyway....here's what we did and some photos of our first day

11am-1pm Arrived at Zero + Maria Cornejo to scope out the space and figure out a plan of attack on how we can set up our lights, hanging chair, floor chair, side tables and plant hangers.

Lovely window display of paper cranes in Z+MC

And me (Jean) getting distracted/tempted by all the amazing beautiful Z+MC shoes & clothes.....

1pm-2pm: Went over to Heller Gallery in Meatpacking district to deliver our Nyth bowls  for RAW+UNFILTERED show by AmDC.  We got a little sneak preview and is totally psyched to have our works be shown amongst some amazing works there. Here's our bowls next to our table buddies, Fort Standard, who made these cast bronze candelabras!

2-4pm  did some major driving around where we borrowed a 10ft ladder that we somehow fit in the mini van, then  got a bunch of light bulbs at a hardware store, and went to this awesome plant called Plantworks for plants for our plant hangers.... I got to look at some AMAZING giant plants and cacti I wish I needed. I love NY for all their little mom & pop shops with the best things.  

430pm We set up a mobile work station in our friend's classy mini van and illegally parked for an hour and a half just to claim a street parking spot by 6pm...yah....parking in Noho, that's the kind of fun logistics we love. I know I should be ashamed to even admit doing something as desperate as camping out in a van just to claim a parking spot...but it was TOTALLY worth it for the spot right outside the shop and that we didn't have to pay $12/hr. Wow...I'm totally starting to sound like a cheap old lady!  yay!

6pm-8pm: Then for 2hrs all we were able to do is hang some Aura lights before everyone at the shop had to leave!! Despite the little progress we had, I was really happy with how the lights look in front of the amazing large scale photo of Maria's clothes by Mark Borthwick,  an artist/photographer and also Maria Cornejo's husband.  Talk about a super couple....seeesh!

So now....we gotta get up in butt crack of dawn to head over there and do the rest of the set up. woo hoo!!

more & more for later!

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Red Hot Pigs!

We did a custom batch of red piggies upon Bradford's (founder of FAB.com) request for their upcoming popup shop during NY Design Week starting MAY 17th!

We're so thrilled to be part of all this as well other awesome events like AmDC's Raw + Unfiltered show, and Noho Design District.

Metropolis magazine mentioned both Raw + Unfiltered and FAB's popup shop as one of the destinations to check out during NY Design Week! How exciting!

We've only made a limited quantity of these babies just for the popup so get 'em while they last!

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We're ON for NY Design Week May 18-22!!

We we're incredibility excited that on top of us being able to FINALLY go check out ICFF for the first time EVER, we'll get to be in NY during the best time of the year, AAAAAAAND we'll also be part of few extremely exciting satellite events happening during design week!!

Neither Dylan & I have gone and we've only been talking about it for like....8 years...and FINALLY this year we decided that we would go for realz!!! We were just hoping to go for fun and then few opportunities came along where places was doing open calls for shows....so we figured...why not?! We might as well make a worth while trip, right??

Well, lucky for us, we're able to be part of 3 awesome events!!

1. We're extra stoked (and still can't believe) that we'll be part of NOHO Design District!! NDD is organized by the talented ladies of Sight Unseen where they coordinate & curate shows to be shown all around shops and galleries in Noho.

When we got the email from Monica and Jill that our submissions got accepted and that they'll paired us with this amazing clothing brand, Zero+Maria Cornejo, I think I might have even screamed outloud for a long time....then absolute silent with me staring at my computer screen for like another hour....just in total shock.

We  just can't believe that we'll be part an all-star group and be featured along all our design crushes like Tom Dixon, Bec Brittain, Lindsey Adelmen, Jonah Takagi, Brenden Ravenhill, Tanya Aguiniga, Fort Standards, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, and companies like Roll & Hill, Areaware, The Future Perfect ...and whole a whole lot more!! I'm feeling high just thinking about all this....

So needless to say, we're MORE than ecstatic to be able to show our work at Zero+Maria Cornejo. Her work is absolutely stunning and I'm already eying up some pieces...SO TEMPTING!!!

The show will begin on MAY 18th at Zero+Maria Cornejo. More event info HERE.

 

2. Is another awesome show,  Raw+Unfiltered, organized by Kiel Mead and head of AmDC. Last year our Cane & Able was shown at the "USE ME" show, but we weren't able to party with all the amazing talents there.  So this year...we're definitely NOT going to miss out again!

Here's a sneak peak of what we're showing!

The show will open on SUNDAY MAY 21st at HELLER GALLERY. More event info HERE and to RSVP.

 

3. We'll be part of FAB's popup shop which will start on MAY 14th.  They requested a limited batch of custom red piggy banks! Aren't they cute?!

They FAB sale will beging online. More info TBA.

We're so excited for all this!!!!!EXCLAMATION MARKS FOREVER!!!!

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L&G Talks at Western ID

L&G was lucky to be invited to give a talk/presentation about our work at the Western Industrial Design department in Bellingham,WA  couple weeks ago!

As flattered & honored as we felt...both Dylan & I got really stressed about it...

The last time I had to put together a presentation was 7 freakin' years ago when we were students!

We didn't want the entire 45 minute talk to be a show-and-tell of our work and wanted to share more about our process and how we think and work.  But going with this route, meant that we totally had to dig deep into our brains and souls about what we're about...why we do what we do....what defines us...and what drives us and keeps us going.

Of course...this always inevitably leads to us to ask even bigger questions like  "why do we exist?" and "what is the meaning of life?!" and "what's the point of it all!!"

But instead of asking questions that lead to nowhere and us feeling more lost...we ended up looking for for common threads that's been consistent in how we work and operate in general.

We realized it was the simple concept of being HANDS-ON that is a really valuable process in how we design, think, explore, and engage in the physical world around us.

For both of us, we found that being hands-on is been best way to get the most out of any experience....which probably explains why I don't ever like to read instructions and tend to just jump in and start doing and would rather figure things out by trial and error.  

There's really nothin that can compare to physically experiencing something and engage all our senses which actually creates muscle memories beyond our brains. It's about physically exploring and manipulating..seeing and touching...which all that enhances our memory in how we think, create, and operate.

I made this little wire hand as a little visual for the theme of the presentation.

We talked about...

how travelling really engages our sense by getting us out of our comfort zone to see & do thing differently.

how we have the tendencies to collect materials, natural or vintage findings as a way to play with physical things and figure out what to do with it.

how we use our live/work set up as a place to test our ideas and how 90% of our shelves/walls are our 3 dimensional inspirational board while trying to not make it look like we're just hoarders!

how we collaborate with people to get hands-on experiences that connect us in a different way and learn and gain new perspectives.

how our lifestyle is about using all our hands-on experiences to gather inspirations, design and make things, and figure out what works or doesn't work for us.....all through physical trial and error.

To add to the fun and to engage the students beyond just listening, we gave everyone a piece of 12" wire and ask that they play with it as if they're doodling with their hands while we give our talk.

...and secretly, it was my distraction tactic and I have to say this was the best idea ever! It took the pressure off a bit knowing they're less focused on us, but mostly I just loved all the delightful things the students end up making!

Going up to Bellingham to do the talk was a great exercise and experience for us that really forced us to get to know ourselves better. As painful as the process was... it was totally worth it to get a better understanding about what our strengths & weakness are....and embrace it all! :D

Thanks to the kids at Western for being such a good sport and listening to our nonsense!

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Seriously...Shape Shop

We're SO excited to see photos of the Shape Shop popup on Sight Unseen they just posted!  Everything looks amazing and the range of works there is all pretty insane. They've selected works from bunch of great designers and artists, and we're just super happy to be included!

There's so much excitement that I wish I can integrate bunch of  explosive graphics like "AWESOME!" "WOW!" "AMAZING!" "NO WAY!" or "I REALLY LIKE THAT AND WOULD LIKE TO GET IT PLEASE!"

Anyway....here are some photos of the popup:

Here's our BLOC necklaces!! yay~~

It was a total coincidence that our necklaces happened to be totally inline with the Shape Shop theme...using simple shapes and block, and even colors....it freaked me out a bit...but in the best way possible!! We hope to have these up on our site next month!

There are bunch of great things from some friendly AmDC folks ( Fort Standard, Patrick Kim, Brian Persico) and other awesome designers we've admired like, Shabd, Fredericks and Mae, Tanya Aguiniga, Fort Makers and tons MORE! See more HERE.

ON TOP of al this, Sight Unseen also released their new book!

Also, the popup will be up at Creatures of Comfort in NY until May 6th!

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Wild Things

 

We went to a really fun opening for Stacy Rozich's show at Flatcolor Gallery yesterday.

All her colorful and intricate water-colored prints are filled with humorous and rich narratives of the strangest-looking folklore creatures doing random things and acting like ironic hipsters....standing around nonchalant....smoking, drinking Rainer, playing music, cards, or causing some sort of mischief.

 

 

They look wild and crazy and all the while incredibly endearing at the same time....each carrying their own personality.

I couldn't help but to create mini conversations (with different voices and all) in my head as I looked at every print.......

Rabbit guy: "Heeeey...so I'm a little worried....I think fluffy is not feeling very well...."

Pipe guy: (playing music) "hum-dee-doo...la-did-da....HUH? what?... you said something?"

Rabbit guy: "oh...nothing, I mean....I was just trying to say that fluffy looks a little malnourished...it looks like she's loosing a lot of weight...."

Pipe guy: (inhale pipe and puff out smoke) "uh...hmmm...its probably the dogs stealing her food or whatever"  

Rabbit guy: "ohmygawd...really??  you think they'd do that?!"

Pipe guy: "uh, yeah. they're dogs....they'd eat anything."  (resume to playing his music)

Dogs: "grrrr...."

 

Tree guy: "gawd....why da hell did you make me steal this tree from your neighbor's yard?"

Gun guy: "cuz she always up in my biznezz and wouldn't shut up about everything I do"

Tree guy: "uh..so you steal her tree?...what's the point exactly?"

Gun guy: "I don't know...just so she'll learn to not F with...wait a minute....I didn't kidnap you so you can ask me all these damn questions!" (spit)

Tree guy: "all right...fine."

Bug: (in little voice) "heeey!! get back here! You guys have no rights to move the tree, I was living under there! It says here on my lease that I have every right to sue you guys! I'm a bug lawyer and I can get you guys thrown in jail!!...uh....guys..did you hear what i say!!"

Birds: "KAAAAH!"

 

Big guy: "WOOOO!!!!   NO HANDS MOTHERF*#%ER!!" 

Little green guys: (with tiny high voices from left to right) 

"heeeeeell yeeeeah...rager paarrrtaaaay!!"

"ah maaaan...think i'm out of beer..."

"zzzzz...snore"

"damn it! give me back my cigarette!! stop hogging it!!"

"what, you mean this? what? you want it or something?? I thought you said you're quitting?...you really shouldn't smoke, you know...especially if you want kids and all"

"damn it, shut up, and just give me the damn cigarette!"

___________(The End)______________

Yeeeah....got a little carried a way....maybe I'm crazier than all those creatures combined...

anyways...moving on....

MUST SEE this amazing stop-motion illustrated by her for Fleet Fox that totally made my heart stop... I even teared up a bit at the end.

It's insanely beautiful and magical.... it's almost like the song and the animation were made for each other.

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