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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

DP Customer Profile: Anthony and Mr. Buddy

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I am particularly fond of viewing photos of Design Public products in action…like folks swinging on a Fatboy Headdemock, or modeling with their Vitra Nelson Clock, or dressing up their OFFI My Pet Lamp. In this case, the “action shot du jour” is of four legged friend Mr. Buddy scratching his little heart out on a Marmalade pet care Sweet Lounge Cat Bed and sitting on a Hepper Wave Pet Bed. Obviously, Mr. Buddy’s owner, Anthony, has done a might fine job of pampering his purry pal.

Marmalade pet care Sweet Lounge Pet Bed

Name: Anthony and Mr. Buddy (the cat)

Where do you live? Seattle, WA

What do you do? Director of Development

DP Purchase/s: Marmalade pet care Sweet Lounge Pet Bed, Hepper Wave Pet Bed, Hepper Nest Pet Bed, Weegee Floor Lamp.

What’s your favorite DP product and why? All the cat goodies. Mr. Buddy (our cat) can’t live without them! All the items in pet stores are bland.

How would you describe your design style? Retro modern

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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

Name:
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
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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

DP Customer Profile: Mary Krefting

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DP customer Mary Krefting has it made. 1.) Her oldest child, Mason (age 3), is brilliant. To Mason, a Zid Zid Poof is not just a Zid Zid Poof. Instead, it is a vast mountain for his train set to coast around. Genius! 2.) Her youngest, Sofia (age 1), is the perfect floor model to accompany a TrueModern’s Orange 4 Drawer Dresser (seen below). Well done, Mary. Well done.

Mary Krefting’s TrueModern Orange 4 Drawer Dresser

Name:
Mary Krefting

Where do you live?
Marin County, CA

What do you do?
Video game Designer turned Homemaker and Mom of 2 (Mason, age 3, and Sofia, age 1).

DP Purchase/s:
Fauna Balsa Wall Hanging Camel Print
, Zid Zid Kids Silver Poofs, True Modern Orange 4 Drawer Dresser.

What’s your favorite DP product and why?
True Modern Orange 4 Drawer Dresser
because it pulled my son’s room together beautifully and is easy for him to open and close the drawers himself so he can choose his own clothes in the morning.

How would you describe your design style?
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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

DP Customer Profile: Christina & Alex

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Ever drool over the thought of a new rug with a striking design but you are not sure how the pattern may work in your space? Meet Christina & Alex. Their Vail mountain home is a fantastic source of inspiration, showcasing the Thomas Paul Feathers rug in plum and cream. Notice how the Thomas Paul Swallows and Buds accent pillows in plum on their couch perfectly tie the rug in to the room. Enjoy!

Christina & Alex

Name:
Christina & Alex

Where do you live?
Vail, Colorado

What do you do?
Christina is a small business owner

DP Purchase/s:
Thomas Paul Rug Feather in Plum and Cream

How would you describe your design style?
Classic, modern design

If you could redo any space, past or present, what would it be?
We regularly redo our great room with rotating accent colors for a fresh look, yet keep the larger pieces of furniture the same

What’s your favorite color or material?
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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Q&A with Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture

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Mod Mom FurnitureThe newest addition to the DP family: Mod Mom Furniture. Mod Mom, aka Kiersten Hathcock, personally designs and builds all of her modern, mid-century inspired children’s furniture from her home garage.

Personally, I think it is hard to beat beautiful handmade furniture built by a mom with a power saw.

Enjoy the Q&A!

We know a little bit about your story…ex-TV network marketing executive turned stay-at-home mom turned self-taught furniture designer/builder. I absolutely love that you went for the power tools rather than the sewing machine or knitting needles. Now we want the full scoop. How did Mod Mom Furniture really get off the ground?

Mod Mom Furniture really came out of me needing two things: 1.) Another source of income (since we lost my salary) and 2.) An outlet to channel all the drive and creativity that surprisingly didn’t go away when I decided to stay home with the kids (then 6-months and 4-years). After leaving the corporate world, I took freelance marketing jobs and even nannied to help make ends meet but also be home with the kids. During that time, in 2005, I rekindled my love for woodworking while building a tiki bar and luau tables with a friend for my husband’s birthday party. I had forgotten how much fun it was to build and started to really think about how I could turn it into a business.

I started very slowly building toy bins and selling them to friends (who were kind enough not to point out the flaws because they wanted to be Read the rest of this entry »

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