Talking Products: 5 Interviews with Design Luminaries
From flatware to furniture, the products we interact with every day have an impact on our lives. We think about them every day as we scour the globe for the objects and ideas that move the design world. Along the way we've had amazing conversations with designers of all stripes, from legends like Dieter Rams to contemporary master Jonathan Adler. Here are five of our favorite interviews on product design, creativity, and what it takes to make a design last.
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At Coyuchi, Laura Jo Wegman designs and oversees the production of the entire product line including sheets, blankets, towels, robes, sleepwear and more. Since her arrival, she's totally transformed the brand, introducing new materials, textures, and color palettes, and drawing inspiration from her immediate environs: the fog, the shore, the trees, and the colors of west Marin.
Seventeen years ago, Jonathan Adler wasn’t a brand, he was a one-man full-time pottery production operation—“making, glazing, firing, packing, and shipping every single piece I made.” After successfully pitching an initial order for Barneys, he expanded his empire to eponymous shops in major cities across the United States and an online catalog featuring goods that range from ceramic rhinoceros boxes to wool area rugs to lamps and candleholders.
For more than a decade, London-based design company Black+Blum has been cranking out beautiful, sometimes quirky or humorous, and always functional products for the home. We caught up with Martin Blum to find out what prompted him and Daniel Black to launch the company and what it takes to bring a design to market.