Today’s interview comes from Brian Everett from EVRT Studio. Known for his use of color, texture and layering techniques, Brian offers simple yet bold prints to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to your walls. Oh, and he really likes dessert. Enjoy!
Tell us about the process of starting EVRT Studio and how you got where you are today.
It really all started while I was working for a Home Decor & Gift company as a product designer, and an amazing opportunity through them. We had contacted the retailer CB2 in order to show them a line of stretched canvas prints we had done for our own product line. They loved them so much, they were interested in some custom work. I was sent to Manhattan, and spent 3 or 4 days just wandering the city with a camera and a backpack full of gear. It was an amazing experience to see the city like that. CB2 picked up three prints as a result of that trip. I later left the company but kept my contacts at CB2, and luckily they were excited to continue working with me. I didn’t even know it, but EVRT Studio was born!
What do you use as inspiration for your designs?
I would have to say most of my inspiration stems from what is going on around me in everyday life. Nature is also a big influence on me. Before I studied Industrial Design in college I was actually studying Forestry if you can believe that!
I love your use of bold/bright colors and layered effects. Tell us about your creative process and how your pieces come to life?
Most of the time it begins one of two ways. Photography has been a big part of my life for a long time, and sometimes I get an idea for a new print from a photo I have taken. It could involve extracting a portion of that image, or using the entire image, and re-imagining it in another form. For example, the Vases Print was inspired by a photograph of colorful glass vases that were overlapping each other. Most of my other ideas originate from sketching my thoughts. Actually, every print I design starts with a rough sketch to get the proportions right. All the details are slowly worked out, and I experiment with colors. Textures are added at the very end.
Four sites/blogs you visit daily:
In college, my Industrial Design professor always told me to worry about the details later, when getting started on a project. I often get bogged down in the details, far too early on, when I know I can figure that part out later and adapt it to a design.
What’s your favorite color or material?
Right now I am really into Orange. And I love seeing contrasting materials, such as soft textiles next to painted steel.
Favorite interests outside the design world?
Music. I am obsessed with Music; it’s what keeps me going most days. In fact, I used to be in a small two person band in college. It didn’t go very far, but we did get some opportunities to open for another band in Chicago once. I also love to cook & garden, and have a serious addiction to buying outdoor plants.
Dessert! And it is completely my wife’s fault. Before meeting her and her family, I knew I liked dessert but it wasn’t something I craved. She comes from a very large family. Last year at Thanksgiving I think we counted over 20 different desserts to choose from.
Any design pet peeves?
Trends and the use of the word “trend.” I really feel as though a lot of the design work we are seeing is becoming abundantly focused on the “now.” More people really need to design things with an approach towards longevity. In other words, am I going to like this in 5, 10, 15 years? Or am I going to want to sell it after 2? I think this is especially important with the economic situation we are currently in. On the other side of that, there are many things which I don’t feel are trends but certain people choose to see them that way. Fore example, a lot of blogs tend to label the vintage and mid century look that has come back in the past few years as a trend. Personally I think it is more of a lifestyle. You only see something as a trend if you want to see it as a trend. I think those looks have come back, simply because the products were made better. Somewhere along the way manufacturing was taken overseas and design was an afterthought. I think it is once again time for well designed and produced American made products.
Movies you can watch over and over:
Anything Hitchcock, especially Rear Window. But also I love Hi Fidelity, Lost In Translation, Stranger Than Fiction, Eternal Sunshine and so many others.
What design pieces do you covet the most?
At some point in the future, I have to own a Womb Chair, an original Nelson Clock, and maybe a Florence Knoll sofa. I truly wish I could own a Case Study or Neutra house, but I’m staying firmly planted in the Mid West.
Finally, what is next for EVRT Studio?
I have all kinds of ideas running through my head, on any given day! Having a background in Product Design, I would love to have my own line of products one day. At the moment I am working on a few concepts of things to come, but nothing is concrete yet so I don’t want to spill the beans. However, I will mention one: I am working on a line of possible Tea Towels with really nice graphic prints on them.
View all of the EVRT Studio prints at Design Public.
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.