Monday, April 18th, 2011
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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!
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
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Monday, September 11th, 2006
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We have not done a designer interview in awhile, and we thought it would be the perfect time to talk to Mike Tuttle, one half of the husband and wife team who founded Inhabit. The timing is just right, as they have just released their new line of Wall Flats and they are holding The Great Pillow Design Competition (there’s about a month left to get your act together and enter!).
You and your wife Jennifer have branched beyond your own brand development firm, Planet 10, and created a brand of your very own. What made you decide to do this?
What we were really looking for was a creative outlet. I know this may sound weird being that we owned a brand development firm where creativity is the business. It’s much different designing for a client than designing to your personal tastes. We had acquired an enormous amount of do’s and don’ts, developed an intricate process for building brands from scratch and really had a good feel for what we wanted to spend our time doing. Ultimately we felt our efforts were better suited to working on our own brand full-time. We always wanted more control over all the potential touch points a brand has with its consumers and this takes that constant evaluation of all aspects of the business to truly make a finished product seem effortless, when behind the scenes there is always a lot of chaos. We’re not saying this has been seamless or easy but we do feel our background prepared us well for what we are doing now. We still consider it a work in progress, but we are having a blast doing it. There is no comparison between satisfaction level both personally and professionally this business has brought us over the previous one. Since we design everything ourselves it really is our thoughts and sketches that make up the product line and there is a great deal of satisfaction and humility that go along with that.
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