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DC Artisans

WASHINGTON, DC – Are machines liberating people, so they can pursue more rewarding work? This is one of the questions posed by the Economist’s bi-monthly 1843 magazine in an article on the rise of the craft economy in the District of Columbia (and elsewhere). Over two days, we crisscrossed the outskirts of the DC metro area making portraits of potters, leather workers, distillers, and pickle-makers to accompany the piece. These second-career artisans welcomed us into their creative spaces and were more than happy to share their genuine enthusiasm for their carefully crafted life. Pictured above from the top (left to right): Kuzeh Pottery, Katie Stack of Stitch and Rivet, Gordy’s Pickles Jar co-owners Sheila Fain and Sarah Gordon, and Sandy Wood and Alex Laufer of One Eight Distilling. Read more about them in the article by Ryan Avent and take a look around 1843; it’s a great forum for the long read with articles that have substance and get you thinking.

Brooklyn Designer Showhouse

BROOKLYN, NY – We photographed this girl’s room for designer Bella Mancini who was one of 17 creatives to decorate spaces throughout a historic townhouse for the inaugural Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse. The home is open for tours through November 5. Admission is $40 with proceeds benefitting the Brooklyn Heights Association. The event has already garnered some nice press, including this coverage by Architectural Digest: How Brooklyn Designers Created a Historic Townhouse for Modern Living.

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Shape Shifter, Dwell (November 2016)

NEW YORK, NY  – Photographing interiors, we get to see a lot of creative approaches to unique city spaces. In this loft, Frame Design Lab performed a gut renovation and solved problems of privacy and flexibility by introducing an architectural cube that easily converts from office to guest bedroom. Read more about this project in the November issue of Dwell on newsstands now.Shape Shifter, Dwell (November 2016) Shape Shifter, Dwell (November 2016)

 

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NEW YORK, NY – Every year Vox Media’s Curbed honors bright talent in the design world under the moniker “young guns” for their ability to challenge the industry’s status quo. We were commissioned for portraits of two of the 2016 honorees. Above are Jake Levine and Zoë Salditch of Electric Objects, which is a platform for bringing digital art into every home. Below is Danielle Arps who designs fun and functional commercial interiors for tech start-ups. We supplemented the assignment with some GIFs where the Electric Objects team programs the changing art on their EO1 wall displays and Arps sketches her Dani Lounge, a custom chair with tall sides that provide both comfort and privacy. See the complete Curbed Young Guns Class of 2016.

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House & Garden, May

NEW YORK, NY – For the “Ask A Local” page in the May issue of House & Garden, we spent a day in the shoes of interior designer Steven Gambrel, visiting his favorite NYC shops and restaurants, from Three Lives & Company bookshop and the John Derian shops to Jeffrey’s Grocery, where Steven likes to order a Bloody Mary and oysters.