Friday Five: Base Modern

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Designer profile Q+A: Base Modern

Today’s Friday Five comes from Scott Cummings, the founder of Base Modern, a design and fabrication studio based in Portland, OR.

1. Daily ritual?

My daily ritual is waking up before anyone and weighing out freshly ground coffee and filtered water for the perfect pour-over. I love to quietly have my coffee while reading until my kiddos wake up. The longer I prevent myself from looking at my phone the longer the morning peace lasts. 


2. Best creative (or business) advice?

Collaboration! Offering your unique skill sets to others and benefiting from theirs is a win-win. Also; I think it is really important to clearly define what success means to you and work towards what that looks like for you. You can't achieve a goal if it isn't clear. 


3. Current inspiration sources?

The Mcmaster-Carr website! 

Also, I have been really thinking about an objects usefulness recently and drawing inspiration from that. While I love indulging in form and beautiful shapes it can ultimately alienate a potential user just as it draws in others. Form is really useful to a person as a means for projecting how they identify and want to be seen both by themselves and the outside world. I love thinking about what makes an object meaningful and going from there. The work I am staring to design is nothing like the work I have designed in the past and I think that is good! I want my work to be helpful and bring some sort of ease to a persons life. 


4. Favorite podcast(s)?

I love the Dollop for comedy and "history" and on the other side of things I listen to Ram Dass Here and Now for old Ram Dass Lectures.


5. How does your city influence your work? 

Portland is so full of amazingly talented designers, craftspeople, artists etc. I love being here and being able to connect and collaborate. 

Friday Five: Trey Jones Studio

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Designer profile Q+A: Trey Jones Studio

Happy Friday! Today’s feature is Trey Jones of Trey Jones Studio, a furniture, object, and interior design studio based in Washington DC.

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1. Daily ritual?

Every morning my wife and I have breakfast, no matter where we are going that day or how early (or late) we get up. Breakfast is coffee, a smoothie (banana, orange, spinach is my favorite), and toast with butter. We spend this time together without our phones or the tv and we chat and relax as we get ready for the day. 

2. Best creative (or business) advice?

Continue to learn and try new things. 
3. Current inspiration sources?

Right now I am very interested in the interaction between made and natural things. 

4. Favorite podcast(s)?

No, I don't listen to them. But I enjoy thinking about which podcasts other people are listening too as they walk down the street. 
5. How does your city influence your work? 

DC has many (free!) museums that I visit frequently. The museums provide inspiration, a place for contemplation, and a reminder that art and exploration important and necessary. 



Friday Five: Two Hands Full

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Designer profile Q+A: Two Hands Full

Today we are featuring the lovely Amelia Davis of pottery studio Two Hands Full, based in Tacoma, WA.

1. Daily ritual?
No (good) day happens without a big breakfast and a walk in the woods/beach with the dogs. 

2. Best creative (or business) advice?
Practice self-compassion. Also find a way to be sure the environment is not taking a hit from your work and practices (both as an artist/designer and entrepreneur). 

3. Current inspiration sources?
Yoko Ono’s book titled “Acorn”, and cooking seasonally. 

4. Favorite podcast(s)?
On Being, TED Radio Hour, Live From Here, This American Life. 

5. How does your city influence your work?
I moved to Tacoma about a year ago (from Colorado…originally Vermont). Exploring new places and microclimates here is a big influence and inspiration to me as an artist. While my work doesn’t necessarily mean to capture landscapes literally, I like to attempt to express feels- and it has been an interesting process to acclimate out of the desert. 

Friday Five: MGG Studio

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Designer profile Q+A: MGG Studio

Scroll down below to read about our newest feature: Marja Germans Gard of MGG Studio, a jewelry studio based in Oakland.

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Studio name: MGG Studio (formerly Marja Germans Gard Studio)

Studio location: Oakland, CA

Member name: Marja Germans Gard

Founding date: June 2014

1. Daily ritual?
My work can get pretty messy with the metal dust and polishing compound, but I feel most grounded in a clean and well-organized space. Before I begin work for the day I’ll usually tidy up my bench and my office area to give myself a clean slate. I also like light a candle (Ojai from Norden is a current fave), pour an enormous cup of coffee, and cue up my favorite podcast before diving in to whatever pieces await me on my bench.

2. Best creative (or business) advice?
Make time for play.  Whether it’s inside or outside the studio, carving out time to do things just for fun is a challenge but an absolute necessity for me.

3. Current inspiration sources?
My most recent collection, La Femme, was inspired by modernist sculpture and the curves of the female form. I’ve always been interested in substantial and sculptural shapes in my jewelry, but lately I’ve turned from angular geometry to rounded and more sinuous lines.

4. Favorite podcast(s)?
For business I like to listen to Raw Milk, Proof to Product and Akimbo.  For general entertainment, the true crime fan in me loves My Favorite Murder and Stranglers, and my inner nerd loves game shows like Ask Me Another and other general nerdiness like Sawbones, Ologies, Reply All and The Allusionist.

5. How does your city influence your work?
I love that art is everywhere- you’ll see it on the street, in how people dress and express themselves- and it’s constantly energizing me to create.

Friday Five: Lacson Ravello

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Designer profile Q+A: Lacson Ravello

Kristina Lacson McConnico of clothing brand Lacson Ravello is giving us our Friday Five today. Have a good weekend!

Studio name: Lacson Ravello

Location: Oakland, CA

Member names: Kristina Lacson McConnico

Founding date: 2015

1. Daily ritual? 
I always start my day with some form of exercise. Even if I’m super busy I try to do at least 10 minutes of yoga or cardio. I find it’s a great way to jumpstart things and keep me energized. 


2. Best creative (or business) advice?
Go slow to go fast. 


3. Current inspiration sources? 
French culture and fashion. I love how French fashion is forever timeless and always chic.  My childhood growing up in the Mid-west (St. Louis, MO) during the 70’s and 80’s contrasted with the edginess of current runway fashion


4. Favorite podcast(s)? 
I enjoy listening to How I Built This. I like how they profile influential innovators and entrepreneurs who share a common creative thread across various disciplines. As a small business owner, I can identify with a lot of the joys and challenges they encounter.


5. How does your city influence your work?  
Oakland is diverse in so many ways—the people, the culture, the food, the terrain, the climate. The lifestyle here helps me to design a stylish, easy-to-wear, and affordable clothing line—made for real life.

Friday Five: Human Crafted

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Designer profile Q+A: Human Crafted

Happy Friday! Today we are featuring Jon Alling of Madison, WI based design studio Human Crafted.

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1. Daily ritual?

V60 pour-over of a locally roasted coffee is a must.

2. Best creative (or business) advice?

Just start.  Experiment.  Try.  Learn.  We all can spend so much time in our heads, trying to plan, trying to figure out how to get to the end, when we really should be trying to just take the next step.  Having a plan or a dream isn't progress, taking a step in that direction is.  

3. Current inspiration sources?

Besides all of the awesome Join Design members () ... I'm inspired by the diverse group of creatives that I work alongside at One-One Thousand studios here in Madison.  There are illustrators, printmakers, fiber artists, jewelers, woodworkers and knife makers, all trying to practice a craft and grow their businesses at the same time.  

4. Favorite podcast(s)?

Song Exploder!  But I also really enjoy Studio Neat's podcast Thoroughly Considered because I can relate to so much of what they discuss.

5. How does your city influence your work? 

Madison, WI is a big, small town.  Although there is a small and emerging design scene, you have to make a lot happen for your self. There also isn’t a lot of industry or history of craft in Madison.  That has influenced me to be scrappy and self-sufficient, and I think that comes across in the products I design and produce.

Friday Five: Zelma Rose

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Designer profile Q+A: Zelma Rose

We are so excited about a new ongoing series here at JOIN, Friday Five! We will be sharing mini interviews with our lovely and fascinating JOIN family. Scroll down to read about our first feature, Lisa Anderson Shaffer of fiber studio Zelma Rose

1. Daily ritual? 
For the past two years I have been working on a project named These Three Things. Each day I record three things I have learned and pair it with a piece of original photography to be posted on Instagram. When I began the project nearly two years ago, I never imagined it would become a permanent daily ritual, but here we are all this time later and it is still a necessary and important pause in my day. I'm excited to share that the project is being published by Running Press as a guided journal in December. 
2. Best creative (or business) advice?
"Belief in your script is essential." Bono. Last year, this simple sentence changed everything about the way I make art and run my business. I measure everything against it and have learned so much always starting from here. 
3. Current inspiration sources? 
Gucci is blowing my mind right now. The fabrics, textures, and colors are very intense and at times compliment and other times conflict. They have really leaned into what makes them unique this year and I just can;t get enough of it. 
4. Favorite podcast(s)? 
Raise Your Hand Say Yes hosted by Tiffany Han. 
5. How does your city influence your work?  
The mountains are very quiet and my home is surrounded by broad sweeping views of the rolling hills and redwoods. It is very wild here and while there are so many intricacies to be found in nature, it is also incredibly vast. My work continues to celebrate that tension between the fine detail and large scale impact of nature in shape, color, and texture. 

JOIN Shop on Design Milk

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