Have you seen these Building Block bags? They come in all kinds of minimal geometric shapes: cylinders, boxes, squares, and rectangles.
I've been really intrigued by the Apartment concept store by the Line, so we decided to head to SoHo last week to check it out. It was more than I could handle really... every turn just sent me further into a fantasy of having the place for my own.
The all white loft like space is the perfect setting for The Line to display all of their goods - everything from furniture, to clothes, and smaller home goods. Every item you see as you walk through the apartment is for sale, but in a very personal setting. When I got home and looked at everything online again, it almost felt as though I could say, "Oh! My friend has that in her apartment!"... only to remember that sadly nobody lives there.
This chrome bike is pretty insane, and actually more affordable than I imagined it would be.
The Line believes in being precious with your belongings, and owning few things. Quite a coincidence, because I'm pretty darn into that too...
I especially loved the closet set-up. It's built in the middle of the apartment to separate the kitchen and living room from the bedroom, so it doubles as a divider and a magical magical closet. *Putting this on my list of features for my future home.*
We visited at night, and the mood was romantic and moody... black and white photos only felt right.
If you're in NYC, definitely go check it out!
+ 76 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10012
We've been having a great time exploring the city by working out of as many different coffee shops as possible this week. It's a great way to experience different neighborhoods. (Especially now that our time in New York is coming to a close. Only about another month before we head to Southeast Asia to do some traveling!)
We'll be sharing some of our favorite NYC coffee shops to work out of next week. Until then, here are some favorite articles and links that I came across this week. Have a great weekend!
How the iPhone camera has evolved—A really nice breakdown that shows the same photo taken with every iPhone released.
Sam Altman's startup class—Sam Altman, who's the President of YC, is putting up videos of a class on starting a startup. The guest speaker list looks amazing and the first class just went live. Check it out!
Madewell Sale—If you plan on doing any shopping at Madewell this weekend, they're having a sale! Get an extra 30% off of sale items with the code PINCHME.
8 common traits of uncommon product leaders—A nice list of traits of good product leaders. I've seen some products in the past suffer when the leader hasn't had some of these qualities (especially #8).
Storytelling for Entrepreneurs—Deena is the founder of Wanelo and is an entrepreneur that Sara and I both really look up to. Here she talks about the importance of sharing your story and vision even though you might be the only one that can see that future.
The Creative's Quest: Divergent Processes—Elle Luna on her creative process. After reading this I realized that I really need to make a "cool shit" folder of things that inspire me...
Start-ups vs. Big Companies—Julie Zhuo on the pros and cons of start-ups and big companies. Since college, I've had the privilege of working at both and can relate to this. But I've definitely found that start-ups are usually the most fulfilling for me at this time of my life.
Honey Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail—This seems like a great drink for fall. We're planning on trying it this weekend!
Bad Lip Reading on the Walking Dead—This is amazing and had us laughing so hard. Enjoy!
Jen Mussari is not your average lady. She wears cologne in place of perfume, and limits her closet to pieces that her inner teenager would approve of. Her favorite kind of bike is one with an engine. She spends her days drawing fun and witty letters, drinking coffee, and snuggling with her super fluffy cat Winston. You may recognize her work from a Lincoln commercial or a SquareSpace ad, but no matter where you see her work, it is always authentically Jen. It would be impossible not to be inspired by her.
It was appropriate that the day we spent with her was rainy and cool, as this kind of weather inspires her most. While most New Yorkers dread Winter, Jen realizes that cold weather is both liberating and productive. We asked her about what keeps her inspired, and her current favorites - check out her answers below!
What did you do today?
I'm a freelance illustrator, so my days are always very flexible. Most days, even weekends, I'll end up in my DUMBO studio to get as much work done as I can. I'll have between 4-10 projects going at any given time, so I try to make progress every day.
Do you believe in schedules and routines?
I aggressively do not believe in routines and schedules! Thank goodness for my freelance life, because it allows for so much flexibility. I wake up late, a different time every day, and it feels like I was just born. I have to drag my brain back to waking life, and it'll take me an hour or two before I get to work. Every morning I feel like I have to re-remember what life I'm living and get back into it. Is this normal?! Regardless, it works for me.
The closest thing to a routine that I have is coffee. I like to head over to Black Gold on Court Street here in Brooklyn. It's just around the corner from my house and I can say hello to my neighbors on the way. Sometimes I feel like a regular routine would greatly benefit my productivity, but that just sounds so boring to me.
While we were with Jen, we of course had to do a hyperlapse...
Is there anything you would dare to call a favorite at the moment?
Recently I've been getting back into shooting film (after a seven year hiatus) and have been totally loving my old Konica Autoreflex. My uncle used it in the 70s and gave it to me years back. Even though the light meter is busted, it's a reliable little machine that takes great photos.
I've also been totally hooked on this enamel paint, OneShot. It's a classic sign painter/pinstriper favorite that makes me feel like I can paint anything with it. Also, it smells good in a gasoline-kind-of-way.
Are there any small parts of your day that affect you are on a larger scale (turn into passions even)?
Lately I've been realizing that time spent walking around my neighborhood or to my studio is the time in which my mind is clearest. I'm trying to dedicate more time to just simply walking around and paying attention to the world around me. If I can clear my cluttered brain for a half hour here or there, it makes the time spent at my desk working much more effective. I'm trying to adapt my job schedule so that I can spend a day off here or there just walking, alone, for hours exploring my city.
Inspiration - it’s a loaded word. But we’re going to make you answer anyways - could you share any sources of inspiration?
I've always been inspired by custom car culture in the 60s...Ed Roth and Rat Fink, hot rods and their wacky paint jobs, cruise nights and drag racing. I grew up with a dad and grandfather who are really into cars, and that affected my life quite a bit. Lately the custom motorcycle scene has completely exploded and I've found some kindred spirits there...people who love all things handmade, hand-painted, and hand-built.
Inspiration comes in weird places for everyone, and is often hard to describe. For some reason I've been getting a ton of inspiration from hunting vintage tee shirts on eBay and Etsy. These are very specific old band, car, and motorcycle tees that I have always wanted ever since I was a kid. I've been thinking about if teenage me could see myself now, would she like my outfit? I'm getting back to my roots and trying to shun trends because of it.
And for fun - do you have any pets?
I completely adore and love my two cats, Winston and Macy Gray. Macy found me as a stray in Baltimore, and she has a really raspy weird voice. She's an independent woman and prefers to be alone. Winston, on the other hand, likes to talk and hang out. I spend way too much of my time telling him how cute I think he is.
What Jen wore
A vintage Misfits tee that she has been searching for her whole adult life, black jeans, leopard boots by Report, black boots by Dolce Vita, denim jacket by Mango, Brixton Wesley fedora from SeeSee Motorcycles in PDX, Quay sunglasses, and a Casio watch.
Make sure to follow Jen on Instagram for more silly cat photos and beautiful drawings.
I imagine living in this home to be incredibly peaceful. All of the earthy colors are just what I need today (or actually any day of the week for that matter). With a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor space, designer Jenni Kayne is a lucky lady to live here.
Hey guys, it's Rich. We've had a busy week around the studio. We're working on some fun new projects for our clients, and have been reading even more design articles than normal this week (so get ready). It seems like every time a new phone comes out we spend more time reading and dreaming about new design projects (like designing apps for the Apple Watch!).
We'll be spending a chill weekend here in Brooklyn, hope you have a great weekend!
The Boring Designer—If you haven't checked out Cap Watkins blog, you should. He's a design manager at Etsy and here he wrote about the type of designer that focuses on function over form. I've been loving his posts lately.
Apple Watch Review—A great breakdown on the Apple Watch with lots of photos.
Infographic on drinking in the USA—People in their 20's drink half as much as people in their 40's... really?
Design is changing how we innovate—A few well known designers talk about the moments when their designs just clicked.
iPhone 6 screens demystified—An illustrated breakdown of how the iPhone screen resolutions compare and work.
Junior Designers vs Senior Designers—A fun post by Julie Zhou on the difference of process by a junior and senior designer.
YCombinator Requests for Startups—I always pay attention to what areas YC is requesting for startups. It helps give a little foresight into future industry trends.
Peter Thiel AMA—The Founder of PayPal, Palantir and the first investor in Facebook does an Ask Me Anything on Reddit.
MLS Next—Major League Soccer is rebranding... and overall I like it!
Oh yeah, and Telepathy is real
I've been into Ashware's goods for a while, but my love was rekindled when I saw their pieces in person at the Renegade Craft fair this past weekend. I would have bought it all if I weren't so transient right now.
Their Geo Planters are also a favorite. Had you seen Ashware before?
A few weeks ago, I didn't even know what Purslane was, but since then I've seen it everywhere... I've had it served as fritters, seen it on focaccia with heirloom tomatoes, in a hummus and pickled vegetable sandwich, and of course in salads galore. It reminds me of arugula, but might just be the new kale with its super food powers. It's a super rich source of omega-3s, vitamin E, and a whole boat load of other healthy stuff. It's also considered a weed, so you may already have a bunch around and not even realize it!
I've been making this recipe at home all week, and it's quickly turned into a new favorite. If you don't have any purslane around, arugula works as a great substitute. The only other ingredients you'll need are red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil for the dressing. The result feels fancy but doesn't take much time to put together, making it a perfect week night dinner. Let me know if you give it a try!
It's been a while since Rich and I have been out of the country. Even though we've done a lot of traveling within the US this year, it's time we adventure off to an unfamiliar place and let everything be brand new.
With a giant map in the hallway of our Brooklyn apartment, we spend a lot of time standing in front of it dreaming and discussing what's next. It's actually one of my favorite things about this place - every time we have friends over, the discussion naturally leads to travel. It's so cool to hear where everyone that comes over has been, and wants to go. I think every place we live from now on will have a giant map on the wall.
There sure are a lot of options of where to go next, but we've decided on Southeast Asia! Not only is it incredibly beautiful with beaches, temples, and surreal looking landscapes, it is also affordable. You can stay overnight for less than $20 and still be living it up in a cabin on the beach. Our very very loose plans as of now are:
We'll be there for about six weeks (working through some of it, but taking fewer clients during that time). We of course have a Pinterest board going of spots we'd love to see, but would love more suggestions and ideas! Have you been to Southeast Asia?