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Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Designer Interview: Patrick Chirico from Build Your Block


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Want to know who’s cool? Patrick Chirico, the designer behind Build Your Block. For one, he has a dapper looking dog and you’ve gotta check out his DIY home garden for urban spaces. Oh, and he makes sweet pillow scenes too…that we already knew. Enjoy the Q&A!

What about Brooklyn do you absolutely love?

All types of food morning, afternoon and night; the architecture and bridges; the people and fashion; the smorgasbord of style, history, and culture.

Have you lived anywhere else?

I’m from Northern, NY.  Watertown to be more specific which is polar opposite of the responses above, but I still love it.

Describe your typical work day.

Well I run two companies full time and most of my day is taken up with WrecordsByMonkey, which is a interior and jewelry company that makes everything from vinyl records. I send emails and work on projects and new designs.  Then my afternoons, nights and days off are spent slaving over emails and orders for Build Your Block and trying to glue everything together.

Please share five things/people/places that inspire you.

My environment, My fiancee, godmother, family, and friends. The 5 boroughs of Read the rest of this entry »


Monday, April 18th, 2011

DP Customer Profile: Gerrit and His Inhabit Wall Flats Dining Room


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Gotta give Gerrit a big high five for his installation of the Inhabit Seesaw Wall Flats in his minimalist dining room. Can you imagine the room without the texture of the wall flats? I certainly can’t. No doubt, minimalism is so much better with a little bit of character. Good show, Gerrit!

Name: Gerrit

Where do you live?: Visalia, CA

What do you do?: I’m a police officer

DP purchases: Inhabit Wall Flats

Favorite DP product: Inhabit Wall Flats

How would you describe your design style? Modern/minimalist

Any design pet peeves? Tan colored walls

Favorite design ideas? What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Less is more, just because there’s an open space (wall or floor) doesn’t mean it Read the rest of this entry »


Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Mini Area Bruno Beds at the DIFFA Dining by Design Event


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Look! Mini Area Bruno beds! Anki Spets, founder of Area, was asked to design a table for the DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Dining by Design event held in NYC. Anki designed a table setup with 10 miniature Bruno beds with Area bedding and little figurines in the beds reading the NY Times (the table sponsor).  She used different Area fabrics to tile the background of the booth.

They also gave each diner a piece of clay to be creative during dinner (a great little ice breaker!). Nice show, Anki! Love it!


Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Mod Mom Furniture on this Friday’s episode of SHARK TANK on ABC


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Program your DVRs, set your TiVos and get the VHS tape ready to record, Kiersten Hathcock from Mod Mom Furniture will be on this Friday’s (4/1) 8pm/7pm central episode of Shark Tank on ABC. In the preview above you’ll see Kiersten for a second say “Everything is riding on this.” Ohhhhh the suspense! A hint as to how it went down,  ABC put out a blurb that says “sharks fight over mother’s furniture company.” Gooooooo Kiersten!


Monday, January 3rd, 2011

DP Customer Profile: Cyrus our Attorney!


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Yes folks, even our attorney has a house full of Design Public goodies. Actually, out of all of our customer profiles Cyrus wins the prize for having the greatest number of DP products in his home. Well done, Cyrus! Your places looks stellar.

Name: Cyrus

Where do you live? San Francisco, CA

What do you do? Attorney

DP Purchase/s: Fatboy, Flensted Mobile Airplanes Mobile, Singgih Kartono Magno Wooden Radio, Jonas Damon Numbers Clock, David Weeks Hanno the Gorilla, Hybrid-Home Spaceship Print, Wallter Slat Rack, Mod Mom Furniture Owyn Toy Box.

What’s your favorite DP product and why? The Wallter Slat Rack for sure. It’s right by our front door and we hang all our coats, hats, keys, etc. on it every day. It’s generally buried with stuff so we can’t see it, but love it anyway.

How would you describe your design style? Minimalist.  Don’t have much stuff, but take a lot of time to think about each thing that comes into the house and how it fits.

Four sites/blogs you visit daily: Apartment Therapy, Boing Boing, Fast Company Design, Twitter

Tell us about your home, office, workspace, or favorite nook and cranny. We have a two-story loft in a renovated box factory from the early 1900s in the Mission.  We use as a living space, office, workspace for my wife and me.  We recently renovated to Read the rest of this entry »