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Friday, February 29th, 2008

DP Customer Profile: Rachel Clarke

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Every so often we like to acknowledge our longtime friends, a.k.a. repeat DP customers. This week we were honored to meet Rachel Clarke and take a sneak peek into her DP decked out home. Enjoy!

Hepper Pod Pet Bed Name: Rachel Clarke

Where do you live?
Los Angeles, California

What do you do?
VP of Finance for a Public Relations firm in NYC.

DP Purchase/s:
Blu Dot GoCart Bookcase and 2d:3d In/Out Box; Vessel Squat Bench & Flop Cushion; Everyday Studio pet water dish; Hepper Wave Pet Bed and Pod Pet Bed; Offi Scoop Table.

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Q&A with Matthew and Ariana Broerman of Paper Cloud

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Ariana and Matt Broerman of Paper CloudDesigners Matthew and Ariana Broerman of Paper Cloud have brought a truly handmade approach to design. All of their pieces, from journals to pillows to cards to lampshades, are made solely by the duo in their Cincinnati studio.

If you are on the hunt for a geniunely handmade item for your home, Paper Cloud is a great place to start. Enjoy the Q&A!

I find it inspiring that you two went from making handmade holiday cards for your friends and family to starting a business as extensive as Paper Cloud. A dream for many of us (myself included)! How did Paper Cloud come together and get off the ground?

When we started Paper Cloud in the fall of 2005, we had both been working as designers for two years in Cincinnati. We got great responses from the cards we were making for friends and family and we loved the idea of working and designing for ourselves. Matt comes from a very entrepreneurial family, and he grew up seeing the freedom and flexibility you have when you own your own business. Both of those things Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Q&A with Aric Mayer and Marni Saling of Aidan Olive

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Aric Mayer and Marni Saling of Aidan OliveSpring is just around the corner so now is the time to start thinking about outdoor living. With the warm welcome of sunny days ahead, let me introduce the Zen Outdoor Bench by Aric Mayer and Marni Saling of Aidan Olive. The Zen Outdoor Bench is beautifully crafted using local materials, local builders, and local facilities. Enjoy the Q&A!

I am very curious about both of your previous experiences or “past lives”…

Aric, you appear to be a man of many artistic talents. I noticed that you have worked with all sorts of mediums such as paint, wood, film, photography…you even learned how to build your own tools! How has your artistic background impacted your designs and business practices? How would you describe your design style/philosophy?

AM: It seems that what I work in comes first from a personal need to be in that medium. Then I start at the beginning and strip the materials back to their basics. With painting for a while I went all the way back to Vasari’s notes and made all my own paint and ground from scratch, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Q&A with Bob and Nicole Springer of Spot on Square

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Bob and Nicole Springer of Spot on SquareI am pleased to introduce the newest baby and kid furniture line to be added to our site: Spot on Square. Co-founders, Bob and Nicole Springer bring a clean and calm collection to the scene, keeping unnecessary noise away from your child’s treasured space.

The Hiya series, a nickname given to Bob and Nicole’s son by his twin sister, conveys a childlike sense of purity, simplicity and sustainability. Enjoy!

Where did the name Spot on Square come from?

Our son was drawing on the driveway with chalk. He had drawn a square with a circle in it. When I asked him about it he referred to as the spot in the square. Nicole and I thought this was great graphically and began to think about how we could use it. After a bit of thought we came up with Spot On Square. We felt that this was a good fit being a bit of a play on words yet it was quite playful at the same time.

Bob, you appear to have quite an extensive industrial design background. Tell us about your experiences and how has it evolved into to starting Spot on Square? How about being a father, how has this played a role?

I had the opportunity as an undergrad student to be an understudy to an eccentric Finnish designer named Stefan Lindfors. During this time I worked on a number of furniture projects and gained a love for furniture design. My time since has been primarily in a corporate environment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Q&A with Jed Crystal of Hepper

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Jed Crystal of HepperJed Crystal of Hepper has done exactly what I have hoped someone would do with pet products…he has created pieces that are aesthetically pleasing (especially for a modern home) while also perfectly functional for your furry friend. A true master of form and function.

If Jed Crystal is the designer, who then is Hepper? Hepper is the name of a rat-cat who moved in with Jed and was subsequently nicknamed Hepper (as Jed notes, “short for Hepburn, as in Audrey, as in elegant, beautiful and oh-so stylish”). Hepper is now the official product tester for all Hepper pieces. Enjoy the Q&A!

You seem to be a man of many hats. I saw that you have history and experience designing backpacks, gloves, footwear, lighting, furniture, housewares and now for pets. My goodness! What was the turning point that led you into pet design? How did Hepperâ„¢ come together and get off the ground?

Design is around me all the time I’m the guy who is under tables in the furniture stores looking at joinery so the pet products have actually been brewing for quite a while. The first inspiration was when Booker (big fat shadow tiger cat) came to live with me 12 years ago. He’s had Read the rest of this entry »

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