Creator Spotlight: Claire Desjardins

Claire Desjardins is an acclaimed abstract painter who began as a graphic designer before moving away from marketing to pursue painting. In addition to teaching painting classes, Claire routinely shows her work in Canada and North America, and has collaborated with Anthropologie and Microsoft. For Claire, when an idea comes to mind, she acts immediately to encourage a steady creative flow.…

What is a meditation room, and how do I furnish mine?

Finding zen can be tricky. For some, it’s a bubble bath with candles or a good book. For others, it’s an hour of meditation in the morning. Finding the perfect place to unwind can present a challenge for many. Most rooms in our homes are cluttered with bits and pieces of our everyday lives — bills on the counter, clothes piling up in the laundry room, a full dishwasher, an unmade bed.…

Creator Spotlight: Sophy Tuttle

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Sophy Tuttle began her art career at some of the most prestigious programs in the East Coast art school consortium. From the Rhode Island School of Design to Hartford Art School (with many in between) she is now based in Northeastern Massachusetts. Her realist murals and wood cutout paintings resemble exceptionally vibrant, contemporary renditions of John James Audubon’s avian portraiture. Through her work, she seeks to facilitate a dialogue within her community about ecological issues.…

Creator Spotlight: Kristen Giorgi

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Kristin Giorgi’s natural sense of style carried her career in fashion, and has since found its way onto the canvas. Based in Atlanta, this artist is motivated by her travels, music, and interiors. A true abstract expressionist, her work manifests in a “flurry of thought and emotion”, evident in her spontaneous gestures of pastel and exquisite female figures. Mixing paint on the floor of her studio, she envisions her work in the home of its collector, and lets her intuition guide the brush.…

Stephan Schmitz on Brutalism

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“To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.”

So said Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, otherwise known as Le Corbusier, who indeed was motivated by pure function. A Swiss architect who lived most of his life in France, Jeanneret-Gris is considered the pioneer of Brutalism, as his Modernist designs evolved to become the monolithic, utilitarian structures with untreated surfaces and rough textures that met Eastern Europe’s infrastructural needs after the second World War.…

How Creators Are Optimizing Quarantine

Quarantine caught us all by surprise. It is our routines that keep us balanced, and when that routine is compromised, things can go awry. Creatives were hit particularly hard by the emergence of COVID-19 — no shows, no open studios, and fewer chances to get noticed. By the same token, the pandemic also presented creatives (and everyone else!) with a bittersweet opportunity to look inside themselves, slow down, and perhaps produce some of their best work.…

Creator Spotlight: Fog & Fury

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Both ancient and modern, Fog & Fury uses traditional Mongolian felting techniques to produce luxe yet durable goods with organic materials and hearty textures. Kelly Colombano, a native of the Bay area, came into felting from a graphic design and tapestry weaving background. When she discovered the unique material, she fell in love with the practice and history. All of her wool felt is custom made to order for a variety of purposes, retaining its natural beauty.…

Creator Spotlight: Kari Kroll

Kari Kroll, a New Yorker in Pasadena, earned recognition by collaging for The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Bon Appetit and The Washington Post. Trained as an illustrator, the abstract painter works in a studio with a mountain view that feeds her fondness of textures and nature. Kari works by commission and leases her pieces for home stagers, interior designers, and corporate use.…

Creator Spotlight: soft-geometry

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Say hello to soft-geometry, the design studio experimenting with form, and finding inspiration in desserts. Designers Utharaa L. Zacharias and Palaash Chaudhary, both “soft personalities,” are the masterminds behind those delightful donut-shaped coffee tables, in addition to some more angular furniture designs. They welcome little failures, which often present new ideas. Based in San Jose, both designers have befriended Slow Design, making sure to never rush an idea or its completion.…

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