I had a vision in the middle of the night for a new L&G letterhead mailer that's an all-in-one letter + envelope. Talk about going down the memory lane of passing notes during grade school!
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Anthology just launched their lovely online Holiday issue and we're excited to be one of the contributers for them for the first time!!
For this issue, Meg (the editor) asked us to make a special holiday wreath for the "Holiday Hang Ups!" (pg 43) section featuring various handmade wreaths! I never make one before and thought "OK, why not!"
My vision was to make something that's simple, not too holiday-ey but still warm & cozy all at the same time. I was a bit worried that it would look too boring....but thanks to Anthology team who styled & shot everything so well that they made it feel extra nice & festive!
Check out the rest of the Holiday issue and get in on the festivities!
We were lucky to have our friend, Charlie Schuck photograph our products while I styled everything....which I'm starting to realize the whole process of styling products can really satisfy my natural OCD tendencies of arranging/rearranging things!
Check out the full catalog below. Clicking on the actual products on the image in the catalog to get directly to the product page.
Something awesome is brewing at the Frye Art Museum. Charlie Schuck at Object totally transformed the museum shop with works from 50+ local designers and artists, and we're excited to be part of it all!
We're also working with Charlie & The Frye on some winter events which will coincide with Frye's current exhibit, Moment Magnitude-A cross-platform project of visual art, performances, readings, concerts, dance, rehearsals, and specially designed arts engagement programs.
The Frye is hands down one of our favorite 'secret' Seattle spots. It's beautifully understated and tucked away on First Hill with a great mix of traditional & contemporary artwork...and on top of it all, its free! Every time we go, we're always amazed by the place.
The shop & exhibit will be up through Mid-January, so go check it out!
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Jean & Dylan
I had a total blast helping Meg set up the show for her book launching party at Rare Device for Crafting a Meaningful Home! Meg & Kate had the idea to cover up the gallery area in the shop with all cardboard sheets. We were cutting, glue, stapling cardboard sheets like mad. It totally felt like school again....ooh how I miss that adrenalin rush fearing that things aren't not gonna turn out or that we'd have enough time to finish.... and the delirious feeling from working so intensely and then have anxiety dreams the very night. Oh! How I miss all that!
Perhaps that's the workaholic side of me talking....
But to be honest, there IS something fun about working with bunch people and doing hands on work like that! We managed to pull it off in 2 days and even sucked my cousin in to help! Thanks cuz! :D
Here's what the cardboard covered space looked like after we finished! They even made cardboard side tables, mantles, coffee cups and a typewriter! Super cute!
Below are the projects displayed from the book:
From Left to right: Wood Burned Family Crest by Chika Eustace & I / Vintage Fabric Display by Cathy Callahan / Rockite Bottle Vases by Anna Corpron & Sean Auyeung / Locker Hook Rug by Christine Schmidt / Family Banner by Samantha Hahn / Family Teepee by Billie Lopez & Tootie Maldonado.
From Left to right: Printed Folklore chair by Diana Fayt / Needlepoint Racquets by Amy Holbrook / Filipino Folk Art Replica by Meg Mateo & Marvin Ilasco / Wallpaper Luminarias by Chrstiana Coop & Aimee Lagos / Gold leafed lamp by Joy Deangdeelert Cho / Jewelry Tree by Carolina Saxl / Decoupaged Plates by Lisa Congdon /Braided Rag Vessels by Sian Keegan / Travel A-Z poster by Anh-Minh Le.
Upper Left: a table full of treats that I almost O.D.-ed on. Upper center: Lisa Wong Jackson from Good On Paper design & Joy from Oh Joy! Bottom left:Meg, Meg's extra super helper Dianne, & I. Bottom center: Rena Tom who runs Rare Device with Lisa Congdon. Bottom Right: Lorena of Petit Collage's little one doing what I was doing....hovering over the food table with food shoved in my mouth.
Here's me by my (mini version of) Mega-Doily rug...I had to make a smaller one so it'd fit the space better. And if I may say so myself... I think the mini version actually looks pretty cute!! :)
You can see the rest of photos from the book party here!
We've been lucky to know the awesome people behind the American Design Club since we started showing at the NYIGF back in 2010. We all seem like such babies back then....and boy have we all came a long way!!
Especially for AmDC, they've now established themselves as one of the main portal for many of the talented up & coming American desginers to be part of the greater design community.
Besides organizing & curating various design shows, they've just recently launched their online shop just to kick things up a notch!
And already...they got this great mention on the NYT online....with our servers in there, too!!!
....AND printed in the real deal!
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.
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.
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.
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!
.....This is happening in 8 days!
On John street (between 9th & Westlake) see MAP for exact location of Design Block
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!
Among the new work featured will be porcelain axes and fortune cookies from Aleksandra Pollner, marbled ceramic vessels from Fleet Objects, picnic blankets and stackable snowmen from fruitsuper design, hemp wrapped hand mirrors from Grain, copper necklaces from Iacoli & McAllister, color stained stoneware bowls from Ladies &Gentlemen Studio, art pouches and camera straps from Little Paper Planes, totes and straps from Meet Me Here, hand-printed tea towels and trays from Piano Nobile, and key holders and wallets from Studio Gorm.
Find us in the JOIN booth next to the American Design Club at the Jacob K. Javits Center, Lobby Level 2, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm August 19 - 21; 2:00 - 6:00 pm on August 22.
We've been working long and hard....(mostly long) on putting together a lookbook for our Natural Selection collection we launched back in May during NY Design Week!
We wanted to create a visual guide that communicates our vision & inspiration behind the collection. More and more, we realized just how much of the PNW surrounding has influenced us and our work. Whenever we go on nature walks, we end up collecting random nature findings, taking a ton of photos of everything we see...colors, texture, shapes, materials, and scenery with the hope of capturing all the wonderful feelings we experience when being out in nature....
The Natural Selection collection is very much about how we reinterpret the humility and warmth that nature provides.
Here are just some of outdoor shots we took around our neighborhood in Seattle for the lookbook! (which we'll soon share!)
FINALLY Our bloc necklace lookbook! I'v been working on the necklaces here and there for some months now and is totally excited to finally launch this whole collection!
We're super lucky to have our talented friends, Charlie Schuck who took the photos and Ashley Helvey who help us style our necklaces. It's amazing watching the pros work their magic...they got way better equpitment, way good at implementing their vision, way good at editing, and also just waaaaay faster!! I think they took all thos photos in less than 30 minutes!
If it was ME taking the photos....it would take me at least 3 times as long where I'd end up with WAAAAAY too many photos of the same thing....which then leads to me squinting and stareing at all the photos as if I'm getting my eye exam, and me going...."this one? or this one? ok again.... this one? or this one?"
In any case...check out these awesome photos!
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!)
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!!
This Saturday, JUNE 9th. L&G will be doing a little trunk show at our dear friends' Chika & Cat's shop, Velouria in our quaint Ballard neighborhood during artwalk.
We'll be showing some こけだま (kokedama moss ball)/ terrariums as well launching our new bloc necklaces and other L&G goods!
We will be serving refreshments and some yummy fun shaped shortbread cookies that will match our bloc necklaces! ...Why not, right?
JUNE 9th, 6-9pm @ Velouria 2205 NW Market ST, Seattle, WA, 98107
See full event info HERE.
Check out everything that Monica & Jill (from Sight Unseen) did for Noho Design District including our Ovis Chair & Aura light at Zero + Maria Cornejo.
See the full post HERE!
It was seriously amazing to see all the shows, spaces, and works they coordinate and organized for the entire neighborhood of Noho during New York Design week. I don't know how they did it all...but my suspicion is that they just don't ever sleep. Yup.