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Self-Watering Planters That Will Help You Get a Green Thumb

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 17:00

Not all of us were born with a green thumb leading some of us to either underwater or oversaturate our plants because we just don’t know how to take care of them. Self-watering planters take the guessing game out of the equation by giving the plants the right amount of moisture to grow. They’re also a great option for people who travel assuring plant owners that their plants will be taken care of while they’re out of town. Since not all planters are the same, we rounded up 8 modern options that will help you keep your plants hydrated.

1. Pleated Planter by Umbra Shift 2. Self-Watering Hanging Pot by Eva Solo 3. GrowOn – Oak planter with Self-Watering System by SQUARELY 4. GROW-IT Herb Pot by RIG TIG 5. Large Clear Cube Boskke Plant Pot by Boskke 6. Doux Planter by Vondom 7. Wally Eco Stone by WallyGro 8. LECHUZA-PURO Color 20 white

Moleskine Instantly Transforms the Hand Drawn into Adobe Illustrator Digital Art

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 16:00

It’s becoming increasingly archaic, but the pen and paper remain my preferred manner for taking notes. Amongst a sea of others pecking away at their phones or laptops at press events, my pen continues to lilt across paper like a seismograph – a habit that helps me retain not only what I’ve heard, but also what I saw in the form of quick sketches. Studies have found taking notes by hand requires the brain to operate more selectively, “because you can’t write as fast as you can type“, resulting in more lasting imprint. But of course, a notebook requires the extra step of conversion to transform pen drawings into digital assets. With the Moleskine Paper Tablet – Creative Cloud Connected, there’s no longer any compromise with staying true to your sketching heart.

The second collaboration between Moleskine and Adobe takes on the form of a new notebook designed to allow users to link any drawing created on paper easily to Adobe Illustrator CC, where a quick sketch can then be edited, colored, refined, organized and even shared in different file formats. The process does require the Moleskine Pen+ Ellipse (shown in the video below) to access this feature; tapping a symbol located on the corner of the notebook page triggers the link between paper and Adobe Illustrator (or a save onto Adobe Creative Cloud).

For graphic designers, visual artists and illustrators who already live in Adobe Illustrator, this old school piece of stationery upgraded with new school technology helps free the digital creative process from one being constrained to the screen and back to the liberating platform of paper.

Fresh From The Dairy: Everything’s Coming up Green

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 15:00

Spring is officially here! And while we’re waiting for all things green to show their faces outdoors, maybe we can content ourselves in the meantime with Society6’s huge selection of art and home goods featuring the lively color. These are just a few of our favorites!

Avocados Art Print by Leanne Simpson

Geometry Blue & Green III Serving Tray by BLUUK

Pattern177 Shower Curtain by Patterns by Andrea

King of the Jungle Art Print by Seth Truax

Leopard Block Party Olive Floor Pillow by Megan Galante

Evergreen Art Print by Annie Rudisill

Geometric Pattern VII Notebook by Original Art

CJ’s Garden Art Print by Obsidiopolis

Botanical Sticker by Miel Lewis

Girl with Flower Crown Throw Pillow by Laura Chemello

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from the The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

SIDES CORE Introduces Two Wooden Accessory Collections for Mad Lab

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:00

Madrid-based design studio SIDES CORE partnered with Mad Lab on two new accessory collections made of wood. Designer Sohei Arao created the Hipped and Spiral collections featuring objects that are designed to make an impression within the space. The pieces are meant to be coveted and held in your hands, while complementing its surrounding environment.

The Hipped collection is a series of wooden boxes with roof-shaped lids that resemble houses you would see from above. When configured together, the peaked roofs create a small town on your desk.

The Spiral collection includes a wall hook, shelf, and mirror featuring bent wood forms that spiral to create circular shape. The overlapping spiral changes appearance depending on where it’s being viewed from.

Art direction: Romero Vallejo
Photos: ángelsegurafoto

The Future Perfect Presents Casa Perfect in New York City

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:00

The Future Perfect presents Casa Perfect New York, a private appointment-only gallery located in a residential townhouse in the West Village in New York City. The exceptional residential space spans five stories, serving as a notable solution to the increasing irrelevance of traditional retail.

The space, which serves as both a residence and gallery in one, is characterized by an experiential and unique space to view culturally important works that include one-of-a-kind and custom contemporary design pieces.

The focal point of the home is a sculptural staircase designed by British architect David Chipperfield. As described by founder David Alhadeff, “As soon as I opened Casa Perfect in Los Angeles, I immediately knew I wanted to replicate the concept in New York. The most crucial step was finding the right space to bring the concept to life in an authentic way that felt true to The Future Perfect’s vision.”

At Flophouze Hotel, the Trend of Upcycling Shipping Containers Lives On

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 18:00

The shipping container is a versatile building block for architects and real estate developers. The modular vessel can be fashioned into trendy and hip shipping container homes, a shipping container Starbucks, or an architecture studio. As sustainable materials, upcycling, and a certain pared-down industrial look have become all the rage for designers and builders, shipping containers as residences have become more popular than ever.

In Round Top, Texas, Matt White and his team from Recycling The Past have taken six shipping containers and turned them into the Flophouze Hotel. While the rooms are small in number, their interiors represent an eclectic and considerate collection of materials from all around the United States.

Each Houze is designed with sustainably harvested wood from upstate New York and reclaimed lumber from Kentucky. Windows were taken from a school in Philadelphia that was due for demolition. The kitchen cabinet bases are from a laboratory in Texas and the countertops are old bowling alley floors from Texas.

The group responsible for the “shipping container chic” look is Recycling The Past, a mothership company which salvages artifacts, recycled treasures, and even entire buildings. In fact, everything in the rooms is for sale—so if something catches your fancy, just ask and they will name you a price!

Of course, don’t expect to stay inside the container all day. The hotel has a shipping container pool thanks to a partnership with Modpools. Fayette Lake is around the corner, and the compound has hammocks, fire pits and comfy chairs to make the best of the famous sunsets in the area. 

What: Flophouze Hotel
Where: 1132 W, Farm to Market Rd 1291, Round Top, TX 78954, United States
How much? Room prices start at USD $175
Highlights: In Round Top, Texas, six shipping containers and a modular pool offer a new way to enjoy the sprawling rural sunsets.
Design draw: Recycling The Past has curated vintage art, artifacts and treasures to furnish each room, and all the decor you see is for sale!
Book it: Visit Flophouze Hotel

Photos by Flophouze Hotel.

Wellborn Shows Us the Future of Cabinetry at KBIS 2019

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 17:00

We partnered with EditorTV during KBIS 2019 to see what’s new with cabinetry brand Wellborn. From special integrated lighting by Hafele, to easy access shelving and high tech movable parts, let’s see what your kitchen will be serving up in the future:

Jupiter 10’s Stripe Collection of Wallcoverings Is Bold and Graphic

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:00

Jupiter 10 designs unabashedly bold and graphic wallcoverings, and we couldn’t love it more. The company is the creation of Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke who have over a decade of experience as designers in the digital print aspect of the fashion industry. They began a new chapter with Jupiter 10 and are bringing their use of bold color and graphics to the world of interiors.

Following up on the success of their first two collections of reimagined mid-century modern design – Modernist I and Modernist II – comes the release of the Stripe Collection. Jupiter 10 explores one of the most recognizable elements, the stripe, by creating patterns that are vertical, horizontal, and even intertwined. The collection of 18 wallpapers stays true to the trends of fashion and interior design with a saturated, contemporary palette that makes every pattern just as good as the next.

Sitia’s New Concept – The Human Work – Offers Relaxed Options for Contract Settings

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:00

Sitia has been seeking out new ideas for contract spaces. Forget the boring beige and ugly fabrics of previous contract offerings, the brand wants to create relaxed working environments that have a domestic feel. They’ve launched a new concept – The Human Work – which will display how to merge the technical and functional requirements of work spaces with the comfortable atmosphere of a residential space. The concept will be presented in Milan at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2019 showing a display of designs in solid, perky colors and contemporary silhouettes. Two collections in particular, both designed by MM Company, perfectly showcase the brand’s vision – Felicity and Pergy.

Felicity offers a refined series of seating in one-, two-, or three-seater options. Minimalist legs support low platforms that hold soft, quilted seats with side tables built right in. Tall backs bring additional privacy for contract settings. The seats feature integrated electrical outlets, like USB ports, to keep devices charged.

Pergy consists of an armchair, pouf, two-seater sofa, and a vis-á-vis sofa complete with soft, comfortable curves that would work in any scenario, like lounge areas, living spaces, or in hotels. Pergy was designed by MM Company in collaboration with Pergentino Battocchio.

Sight Unseen Showcases Objects of Common Interest at Collective Design

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:00

New York- and Athens-based design studio Objects of Common Interest was selected for the second consecutive year by online publication and curatorial platform Sight Unseen‘s booth at Collective Design. In response, the studio created an immersive installation named Landscape for the event that was held in Brussels March 14 to 17, 2019.

Photo by Jeroen Verrecht

Photo by Marco Arguello

Landscape is made up of three unique components that together create a reflective mirrored still-life. The first element, Tube Lights, is a series of glowing curved formations; the second is Formations II, a collection of upholstered sculptural seating; and the third is Blow Chair, a soft sculpture that also functions as a lounge.

Photo by Jeroen Verrecht

“We wanted to create an immersive, playful landscape of curves, seen as an installation through the individuality and juxtaposition of the various pieces presented,” say Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis, founders of Objects of Common Interest. “The glowing tubular lights are reflected in the stainless-steel mirror elements, extending  their original shapes. They’re bent again and constantly changing as visitors progress in the space, moving around, resting, mingling and self-reflecting.”

Photo by Marco Arguello

Photo by Marco Arguello

Photo by Marco Arguello

Photo by Marco Arguello

Photo by Marco Arguello

Photo by Marco Arguello

Photo by Lauren Coleman

Photo by Jeroen Verrecht

Photo by Jeroen Verrecht

Photo by Jeroen Verrecht

Kettal Launches the Bitta Lounge Collection by Rodolfo Dordoni

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:00

Back in 2016, Kettal released the Bitta outdoor furniture collection by architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni and now they’re launching a new collection featuring softer, curvy designs and new finishes. The Bitta Lounge pieces have proportions and measurements that are scaled down making it easier to adapt to smaller spaces. With pieces that work in both living and dining room setups, the collection has residential and public spaces covered.

Bitta Lounge includes the Full Dining Chair, Full Club Armchair, 2-Seater Sofa, 3-Seater Sofa Rope, 3-Seater Sofa, Daybed, and Daybed Parallel Fabric, available in two different styles – Bela Ropes and Parallel Fabrics – and in 17 different colors.

A Modern Addition to a Workers’ Cottage in Melbourne

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 17:00

The Cable House project consists of transforming a small workers’ cottage in Melbourne into a modern family home. The house presented a number of design challenges that required Tom Robertson Architects to come up with thoughtful solutions. The narrow, south-facing lot led to a dark interior for the original home and its location meant there were design and building regulations that had to be followed. To add more space and light, the architects designed a two-story addition with cleverly positioned skylights that fill the new interior with plenty of daylight.

The addition features a gabled roof with second story windows that ensure maximum natural light enters the bedroom. Built-in planter boxes encourage vines to grow and wind around the steel cables that are suspended vertically. The planters bring much needed greenery to the limited backyard space without taking up actual square footage.

The first skylight is installed in the kitchen above a bank of upper cabinets. The second resides over the staircase which helps light both floors.

The materials and color palette in the kitchen are kept fairly minimalist and neutral as not to overtake the narrow space.

A low window offers a view to the outside from the dining table.

An interior planter brings greenery inside allowing it to grow and attach to the steel cables that make up the balustrade.

The small upstairs bedroom feels larger thanks to the large window at the back of the addition.

Photographer – Tatjana Plitt
Stylist – Bea Lambos

Windy Chien’s Journey to Becoming the Queen of Knots

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:00

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Artist Windy Chien is best known for her 2016 project The Year of Knots, but she creates on a vast scale – palm-sized pieces to installations spanning entire rooms. All of her life experiences combined to get her to this very spot, from owning a record store to working for Apple and everything in between. We reached out to Windy to learn more about her transition to full-time artist, her focus on knots, and the ways in which she uses Squarespace to keep her site on brand. Their professionally-designed site templates and all-in-one capabilities can assist with your domain(s), building your site, and marketing.

Photo by Molly DeCoudreaux

Chien happily claims the status of “outsider” by way of her “army brat” youth, ethnicity, and fringe culture that she’s always been drawn to. But how does that play into her artist persona?

“I didn’t go to art school (I went to the school of life!), so I have no preconceived notions of the gallery system, or of having to find representation to sell the work, or of what a ‘real’ art practice looks like. So I’ve started from scratch, but that hasn’t been a hindrance, because I’ve lived long enough to have built a lot of confidence in myself. I self-direct and don’t judge the way I do things. I know that the way to make a life is to do the things that come naturally to oneself, the things that make us happy, rather than try to fit into a prescribed role. My goal as an artist currently working with knotting is to make sculpture that elevates the vernacular, and in the context of knots, that means working at the intersection of function, design, history, and aesthetics in order to illuminate what I find fascinating about knots: the journey of the line,” she said.

Diamon Ring photo by Peter Prato

Windy Chien Protege Linescape photo by Cesar Rubio

The worlds of technology and music combined to feed into Windy’s love of art, eventually leading to her making the big leap to full-time artist in 2015 when she launched her studio.

She says, “I’m omnivorous about life and never thought I would do only one thing. By the time I hit my mid-40s, I had had two full careers owning a record store and working at iTunes and the App Store. As I’d sit at my desk at Apple, toiling on the computer, I noticed I was feeling envious of the people making tangible objects, whose work I would see each day on social media and on blogs on the internet. My hands got itchy. And crucially, I realized that my previous two careers had been about supporting *other* people’s creativity – musicians, filmmakers, app and game designers. Once I realized that, it was game on. Within literally a matter of weeks, I left my tech job to focus solely on my *own* creativity for the first time in my life.”

Photo grid by Windy Chien

Year of Knots at Facebook photo by Cesar Rubio

Windy’s most recognized project – The Year of Knots – took place over the course of a calendar year, and provided a daily ritual that she then photographed and shared on social media.

“I approached the Year of Knots as an assignment I gave myself each day to learn a new knot. The seed of the idea was simple: self education. I had no idea that by the end of the year I’d have a single artwork comprising more than 300 knots that stood on its own. Nor that I’d have honed and owned my voice as an artist. That all happened as I was learning a new knot every day for a year,” Chien shares.

Photo by Windy Chien

Photo by Peter Prato

Now known for her knots, we were curious where Windy’s inspiration might flow from outside of the worlds of art, design, and tech that she was already so immersed in.

“It’s pretty weird that I find old sailors’ knotting books from the 1930s and ‘40s inspirational, but they’re rich fountains of info,” she says.

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Chien praises the company saying, “There are only so many hours in the day and I want to use them to focus on my art and being creative, and I’m not interested at all in the production/scale/packaging/fulfillment side of things. Squarespace makes sending out an order literally as easy as a few taps on my iPad. If it wasn’t as easy as Squarespace makes it, I would’ve closed my online shop years ago.”

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Nestle Rope Wall detail photo by Dan Green

Pittsburgh Linescape photo by Alexandra Ribar

Listen to Episode 82 of Clever: David Schwarz of Hush Studios

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:00

On this episode of Clever, Amy and Jaime talk to experience designer David Schwarz, who grew up “seeking weird things to explore, make and build.” Fast forward to adulthood and he’s still at it. As co-founder of Hush Studios he spends his brain power and energy blending architectural space and digital technology to create installations and experiences that people can inhabit, learn from, play in, and feel things inside of. He arrived via detours in economics and the San Francisco tech boom. It’s not a straight line, or clean story but it’s a fascinating one! Listen:

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7 Intricate Objects from Armory Art Fair Week

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:00

Earlier this month, New York City hosted the annual “Armory Art Fair Week”, a four-day race to view over 600 galleries spread across seven fairs. Among the packed booths and energetic bustle of collectors, seven incredible new artworks stood out as the most intricate and magical objects I’ve seen all year.

Jacob Hashimoto, The Garden of Cosmic Violence, 2018

Jacob Hashimoto, The Garden of Cosmic Violence (detail)

Jacob Hashimoto creates HUNDREDS of circular rice-paper kites for his complex 3D wall sculptures. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you, many of the painted patterns on the circles are intentionally pixelated. This 2018 work, “The Garden of Cosmic Violence” is over 5 feet square and extends nearly 8 inches off the wall. Presented by Vivian Horan Fine Art of New York, at The Armory Show.

Kathleen Ryan, Soft Spot, Emerald City & Serpentine Flurry, 2019

Kathleen Ryan, Emerald City (detail)

The #1 stand-out was Kathleen Ryan’s moldy fruit sculptures created entirely from precious stones. If you’re a rock nerd, a full list of materials for “Emerald City” (the lemon) is below. Presented by Josh Lilley Gallery of London, at The Armory Show.

Kathleen Ryan, Soft Spot, 2019

Kathleen Ryan, Emerald City, 2019

Materials in “Emerald City” (above) : Amazonite, onyx, quartz, rose quartz, turquoise, emerald, jasper, serpentine, smoky quartz, olive jade, fluorite, amethyst, tree agate, Ching Hai jade, lapis lazuli, agate, Russian serpentine, marble, ruby in zoisite, abalone shell, bone, coral, freshwater pearl, glass, steal pins on coated polystyrene.

Patrick Jacobs, Swamp Nocturne (detail)

Patrick Jacobs, Swamp Nocturne, 2019

One of the most surprising sculptures that many rushed visitors missed was this hole in the wall. Patrick Jacobs’ “Swamp Nocturne” is a 2.75 inch lens that reveals an entire 3D landscape. Jacobs handcrafts these miniature models from styrene, clay, paper, and foam. The actual “sculpture” is a 15 inch box hidden in the walls but his use of forced-perspective combined with the distortion of the lens gives the illusion of near-infinite depth. Presented by Pierogi Gallery of New York, at The Armory Show.

Dario Robleto, Small Crafts on Sisyphean Seas, 2017-2019

Dario Robleto, Small Crafts on Sisyphean Seas (detail)

Dario Robleto, Small Crafts on Sisyphean Seas (detail)

A darkened booth at The Art Show, the only fair held at an actual “Armory” was held a week earlier than the others. A stand out was Dario Robleto’s work featuring precisely-cut nautilus shells, urchin spines, and butterfly wings arranged into alien-like kaleidoscopic sculptures. The entire vitrine, with over a dozen sculptures is a single work of art, titled “Small Crafts on Sisyphean Seas”. Presented by Inman Gallery of Houston at The Art Show.

Joan Bankemper

Joan Bankemper, Belmont (detail)

Joan Bankemper’s teapot “mosaics” are a collision of sculpture, design, and over-the-top flower arrangements. Though she incorporates historical ceramics and contemporary china, many of the objects within each sculpture are cast by the artist herself from her own obsessive collection of 1500 molds!!! Presented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery at The Art Show.

Gil Batle, Chaos-Secured-Retreat, 2019

Gil Batle, Untitled, 2019

Gil Batle is famous for his hand-carved ostrich-egg sculptures that depict prison life. A number of the shells were on display, but this new carved wolf skull was a show-stopper. Note the canine tooth transformed into a dagger. Presented by Ricco Maresca of New York at Independent.

Tony Matelli, Weed (detail)

Tony Matelli, Weed, 2019

And after a multi-hour binge of art viewing, a weed growing out of a wall offers a welcome smile. But it makes THIS list because it’s not a weed at all. Tony Matelli creates hyper-realistic sculptures out of hand-painted bronze. You read correctly: this is painted bronze. Presented by Marlborough Contemporary of New York at Independent.

All images photographed by the author, David Behringer

Where I Work: Beau Oyler of Enlisted Design

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:00

This month’s Where I Work heads to Oakland, California, the home of Enlisted Design, a multidisciplinary design studio whose collaborative approach to product and brand design has resulted in lucrative partnerships with many brands, like Ford, Samsung, LG, Amazon, Cisco, Best Buy, Belkin, Netgear, and many more. The design entrepreneur behind the award-winning company is founder Beau Oyler, the CEO and Executive Creative Director who also co-founded Urbio, the vertical garden that got its successful start on Kickstarter. Let’s head inside the offices of Enlisted Design to take a look around and see how Beau and his team make it all happen.

Beau beside the Urbio garden wall

What is your typical work style?

I hate procrastinating. My day is front-loaded with meetings and anything else that needs to be taken care of on the business side of things. That leaves the afternoon and evening for creative work and big picture, strategic thinking.

Main lobby of the studio, includes product wall, “Grand Lake” conference room (green chairs), “Fox” conference room

What’s your studio/work environment like?

The studio space is physically open and bright. The vibe is, too. It’s important to me that the energy is light since we have an intense, fast-paced project culture. You’ll always find designers huddled together, sketching, or heads down with headphones on, jamming on work. Clients are often camped out in Grand Lake (our largest conference room) engaged in workshops with the team and sharing ideas. Our kitchen, located in the center of the studio, is where we eat lunch together at the communal table. It’s a natural gathering spot for conversations throughout the day.

How is your space organized/arranged?

The studio is open plan. As you walk in, you’re immersed in our work displayed on a giant oak wood peg wall. It’s a great introduction to who we are. There are two main, glass-walled conference rooms and a door that leads to the maker space. Getting deeper into the studio, you’ll find the kitchen and two tucked-away meeting rooms. Then it opens up to where the team is working. Designers are loosely grouped by discipline with desks wrapped around the building in an L-shape. The space is lined by large windows that overlook the heart of Uptown Oakland, Broadway and 19th Street.

How long have you been in this space?

We’ve been in this building for ten years. We started in one small office and grew to take over the entire floor. We chose Oakland deliberately. It was underdeveloped, but we saw a glimmer of what it could be. Oakland is scrappy, like us. It’s also artistic and entrepreneurial and cool. Seeing the development and revitalization of the Uptown neighborhood (where we’re located) is particularly rewarding. In addition to fellow tech companies, there’s been roughly 125 bars, restaurants and indie boutiques that’ve opened in the last decade. The city named Uptown the official “Arts and Entertainment District” in 2009. This area is the epicenter of Oakland creative now. We’re so proud to be a part of that.

Urbio garden wall

If you could change something about your workspace, what would it be?

Actually nothing – I already changed it all during our renovation two years ago. I tore the entire second floor down and built a custom space that’s perfect for us.

Kieran Moriarty (Senior Industrial Designer) and his goldendoodle Bowie

Is there an office pet?

We are a decidedly dog-friendly studio. On any given day, you’ll likely meet at least one of the eight pups who regularly hang out. The general purpose of our studio dogs is to sleep, wander around for snacks, and then go back to sleeping.

Enlisted swag

Do you require music in the background? If so, who are some favorites?

We have a shared Sonos. Our studio manager, Shannon, is usually DJing everything from soul to synth-pop. We’re also steps away from Oakland’s Fox Theater – a constant source of inspiration depending on the week’s show lineup. The other day, we ran across the street to the box office and bought tickets to see the buzzy, disco-inspired band, Jungle, for a studio outing early next year.

How do you record ideas?

For years, I used Moleskine notebooks. I transitioned to Evernote on my iPhone a few years ago to keep it all in one place. It’s more convenient, but not quite as romantic.

Luis Velazquez (Industrial Designer) in front of a wall of sketches for our work with Pi Charging — a wireless charging device.

Do you have an inspiration board? What’s on it right now?

We create a vision board for every project, which is larger scale than a typical product mood board. We envision the entire world in which the new device or brand will live. Each is totally unique and specific to the project and client.

The Stance team sketching: Beau Oyler, Ellen O’Reilly (Sr. Designer), Beth Anderson (Sr. Designer), Kieran Moriarty (Sr. Industrial Designer)

Beau with the Stance project team

What is your creative process and/or creative workflow like? Does it change every project or do you keep it the same?

There is a general design roadmap that involves understanding, creating, and delivering. That said, there’s no sacred process here. We’re always looking for new ways to communicate – from mockups and explorations of form to animation and video storytelling. Anything that helps us more effectively and beautifully communicate ideas is fair game. Our team actively shares and tests new methods all the time.

What kind of art/design/objects might you have scattered about the space?

When we renovated the studio, we partnered with artist Annie Tull for a large-scale string installation, consisting of over 50,000 feet of custom color matched, military grade paracord. They start as balls of string displayed in the ground-floor lobby, and lead up to the studio, twisting and turning under concrete beams and above the desks. The magenta, turquoise and dark grey string are a metaphor for the collaborative design process. The colorful strings refract throughout the studio, culminating into one cohesive whole with the Enlisted logo in the background. The strings pass by another focal point of the studio, the “We Create” wall. The phrase is another nod to our uniquely collaborative partnership style, and on the wall are photos of favorite team moments, work, and design awards. The neon “Next Level Shit” sign is the go-to backdrop spot for anyone taking a selfie in the studio.

Beau in front of the “Next Level Shit” neon sign

Are there tools and/or machinery in your space?

We have a maker space that’s always humming. Whether it’s being used for prototype creation or a photo shoot, there’s always someone in there getting their hands dirty. We have two types of 3D printers, a CNC machine, laser cutter, plus every mockup tool you can imagine, like foam core, hand tools, spray paint, and hot glue. The space is also open for anyone in the studio who wants to use it in their spare time for passion projects.

John Nam (Industrial Design Intern) putting up sketches on the whiteboard in Grand Lake Conference room.

What tool(s) do you most enjoy using in the design process?

A dry erase pen and a big, empty dry erase wall. I love sketching with pen and paper, but it’s not until you take those ideas and put them up on a wall to share that things start happening. Ideating together is when the best ideas come.

Maker Space

Let’s talk about how you’re wired. Tell us about your tech arsenal/devices.

At all times, I’ve got my iPhone XS Max, plus a battery charger. I work off of a Macbook Pro 13 inch, which is under TSA’s weight limit, meaning that I can keep it on my lap to work during takeoff and landing. I wear an Apple watch, sleep with Bose Sleepbuds, and drive an Audi Q5 – the most fun, technologically advanced car I’ve ever been in. In my house you’ll find most of the major IoT home products available on the market, especially the ones that Enlisted designed, like Arlo.

What design software do you use, if any, and for what?

I’m regularly in Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, KeyShot, and Cinema 4D.

Is there a favorite project/piece you’ve worked on?

My two adventurous children are hands-down my favorite projects.

Arlo camera on the product wall. With it are prototypes of the various design languages over the years.

Do you feel like you’ve “made it”? What has made you feel like you’ve become successful? At what moment/circumstances? Or what will it take to get there?

I don’t know if I’ll ever feel like I made it. I can acknowledge that there have been some big moments. As an entrepreneur, being on Shark Tank was great. We nailed it and that fueled Enlisted’s growth. Our ten-year-long relationship with Arlo is another significant experience. We’ve been NETGEAR’s design partner since the beginning and helped Arlo grow through design to earn nearly 50% market share. They IPO’d this year at a $1.4 billion valuation. A special moment related to that was when Belkin’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kieran Hannon, cold-called Enlisted because he saw Arlo win the Red Dot Product Design Award. Belkin is a dream client, so to be on their radar and get to work with them was huge. That said, I always want us to feel scrappy. We’re not out to prove ourselves, but we want to show that there’s a better way to design and co-create. Until that’s the established way, we haven’t made it. For me personally, as long as I’m still making, it’s all in the present tense.

Beau showing off his Stance socks

Tell us about a current project you’re working on. What was the inspiration behind it?

Stance is an American sock and apparel brand that I would say oozes cool. If the brand were a person, they’d essentially be the coolest kid you’ve ever met. At some point, that cool kid is going to grow up and mature into an adult. That’s what I’m really excited about right now – we’re helping Stance mature to the next level of fidelity, both as a brand and with their in-store shopping experience.

Beau reviewing concepts with Mega Tjhin (Visual Designer), Katie Friedlander (Account Manager), Diana Goldberg (Visual Designer), Miri Chan (Design Director)

What’s on your desk right now?

I don’t have a dedicated desk. I float to wherever I need to be, and whichever space is open. Basically, anywhere I leave my phone, ear buds, and wallet becomes my de facto desk.

Product wall

Do you have anything in your home that you’ve designed/created?

Definitely. Most of the products I’ve designed make their way into my house at some point. What I really like is seeing products I’ve designed in other people’s homes. I don’t point it out. I just want to quietly observe people interacting with the product. Same thing goes for seeing my designs in stores. Right now, we have products and packaging in the Apple Store, Costco, Best Buy, and Whole Foods. Seeing our designs out in the world, knowing that something beautiful and useful is available for anyone to buy, makes me happy. I see the brand or product and the memory of the project comes back to me. It’s like, boom, I love that thing. It’s a cool feeling.

Enlisted team

Photos by Dallis Willard.