Designer Profile: Kate Koeppel

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March 21, 2014
San Francisco–based designer Kate Koeppel makes record dividers for the hyper-organized audiophile.
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  After spending hours digging through her partner’s extensive record collection, designer Kate Koeppel began to look for an organizational device for them. “So much of what I found on the market was plastic, or just poorly made, it didn't make sense for me or my partner to buy disposable dividers for a music collection that is so carefully curated and personal,” she says. “Listening to music on vinyl is such a considered and thoughtful experience, the sound is so detailed and precise, I wanted to design something clean, long-lasting and effective that would help organize and display the collection.” After numerous requests from friends and several prototypes, Koeppel released the first collection in November 2013.

    After spending hours digging through her partner’s extensive record collection, designer Kate Koeppel began to look for an organizational device for them. “So much of what I found on the market was plastic, or just poorly made, it didn't make sense for me or my partner to buy disposable dividers for a music collection that is so carefully curated and personal,” she says. “Listening to music on vinyl is such a considered and thoughtful experience, the sound is so detailed and precise, I wanted to design something clean, long-lasting and effective that would help organize and display the collection.” After numerous requests from friends and several prototypes, Koeppel released the first collection in November 2013.

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  Koeppel works with a local laser-cutting studio, Pagoda Arts. The entire production process—laser cutting, printing, packaging and design—is all done within a three mile radius. 

    Koeppel works with a local laser-cutting studio, Pagoda Arts. The entire production process—laser cutting, printing, packaging and design—is all done within a three mile radius. 

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  After experimenting with different types of wood, Koeppel favors a combination of white birch for its neutral coloring and sleek appearance.
    After experimenting with different types of wood, Koeppel favors a combination of white birch for its neutral coloring and sleek appearance.
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  Working closely with the laser cutter, she ensures that there is as little waste as possible in the process.
    Working closely with the laser cutter, she ensures that there is as little waste as possible in the process.
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  Koeppel is also the founder of Skill Exchange, a workshop series on hand making and self-reliance skills, taught by local makers and business owners. "Running both my design practice and Skill Exchange help me feel balanced between digital making on the screen and the physical crafting of objects and goods," she says.

    Koeppel is also the founder of Skill Exchange, a workshop series on hand making and self-reliance skills, taught by local makers and business owners. "Running both my design practice and Skill Exchange help me feel balanced between digital making on the screen and the physical crafting of objects and goods," she says.

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