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Friday, May 2nd, 2008

DP Customer Profile: Kim Gombes


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Take a look at our Flickr friends find: Kim Gombes. I saw Kim’s photo on Flickr of her Hybrid-Home Limited Edition Print Visible Robot and knew right away that I wanted to see more. Lucky for us Kim wanted to attack the challenge of photographing the print as it glowed in the dark…AWESOME!

Hybrid-Home Limited Edition Visible Robot

Kim Gombes.

Where do you live?
San Diego, CA

What do you do?
Former T.V. News Producer now Stay-at-Home Mom to my 4-year-old son.

DP Purchase/s:
Hybrid-Home Visible Robot Print
by Brian Flynn. I bought it as a birthday gift for my husband (because it reminds me of him). It’s cool. It glows in the dark, which I was not aware of when I purchased it and we had quite the surprise the night after I hung it.

What’s your favorite DP product and why?
I love DP’s selection of Sustainable Modern Kids and Baby Products. I feel good about
purchasing items that are both design-minded and eco-conscious for my son to not only help him develop his own design sense but also to create his awareness of how everything we buy, every product he uses whether he’s wearing it or sitting on it, affects our earth.

How would you describe your design style?
It’s an eclectic mix of mid-century, modern and contemporary with splashes of Pop and Victorian here and there. I like juxtaposing unlikely pieces like placing a mod chair with a rustic sidetable or putting a piece of graffiti art in a big, fat, ornate, gilded frame. I think it all balances out to appeal to a variety of tastes.

Four sites/blogs you visit daily:
DP’s “Best-Of Newsletter” arrives in my inbox so that gets devoured first; Flickr (I’m a total Flickr addict.); DWR’s Design Notes; and designboom.

Hybrid-Home Limited Edition Visible Robot

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
“Fake it ’til you make it,” from my mother-in-law. (No, I’m not trying to score any brownie points here.) I interpret it as, “Act the way you want yourself to be and you will become it.”

What’s your favorite color or material?
Stone. Whether it’s a wall or a coffee table, rough hewn or smooth, stone has such a strong presence and always makes me stop to regard it.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Gray. I’m originally from New England, where it’s gray most of the year. I love the cold gray starkness of the Maine coast in winter and the dark gray gothicness of places like Salem, Massachusetts. Gray- it’s moody and so am I.

Any design pet peeves?
Cookie-cutter uniformity.

Please share five things/people/places that inspire you.
The 10cent Designer and doorsixteen, my two absolute Flickr faves and my daily sources of inspiration; the works of Tord Boontje and Takashi Murakami also get my creativity going; and my husband, Chad, who is himself an amazing designer with an incredible eye for design, function, style, fashion, art, etc… and he always sees where it’s headed. I’ve learned a lot from Chad.

Thanks, Kim!

Show us yours! Become a member of our “Design Public Peeps” Flickr group and upload a photo of your Design Public purchases in action. Yeehaw.

About Ali

I enjoy wood paneled station wagons, German food and senior citizens (I am 80 years old at heart). Nearly every weekend I am taking photos at other people's weddings and I have a blog of my own (but I don't update it often enough). I love to paint, sew and knit. Check out my DP Staff profile on Hatch.



  1. liondragon says:

    July 21st, 2012 at 8:40 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of your project.

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