Listen to Episode 50 of Clever: Todd Bracher

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                                In <a href="http://www.cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-50-todd-bracher"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">this episode of Clever</a>, strategic designer Todd Bracher regales us with tales of a serendipitous ten-year journey, living, loving and learning through Europe, on the way to launching his namesake studio in Brooklyn. Plus, he walks us through what the hell “strategic design” even means, schools us on the concept of “irreducible complexity” and explains his creative approach which he refers to as “essentialism.” Early on, he showed up to a big pitch meeting way overdressed, and now he keeps a poet on standby. Listen:

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Listen to Episode 49 of Clever: Lisa Roberts

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                                In <a href="http://www.cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-49-lisa-roberts"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">this episode of Clever</a>, collector and high-design advocate, Lisa Roberts, reflects on a childhood spent in an architecturally significant home that discomfited her because it made her feel different from her peers, and also ignited her passion for design because it seeped into her very being. Now, having collected more than 400 “Antiques of the Future,” she uses her collection to educate, author books, and advocate for the game changing power of design. Not too shabby for ol’ Curtains Roberts, eh? Mr. Waffles approves. Meow!

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Listen to Episode 48 of Clever: Timothy Goodman

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                                In <a href="http://www.cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-48-timothy-goodman"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">this episode of Clever</a>, designer, illustrator and artist Timothy Goodman was labeled a “dead-end kid” in his youth until he did four years of hard labor with a mentor/father-figure in the home improvement industry, through which he found both discipline and a desire to study design. A degree and a few more mentors later he’s now known for his illustrations, viral social experiments, murals, books and even protests. Plus, he’s checking his white cis straight male privilege and championing inclusion in ways both meaningful and practical. Pretty rad.
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Listen to Episode 47 of Clever: Jen Bekman

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                                In <a href="http://cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-47-jen-bekman"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-cke-saved-href="http://cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-47-jen-bekman" data-wpel-link="external">this episode</a>, entrepreneur and internet pioneer, Jen Bekman, tells the story of how she founded <a href="https://20x200.com/"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">20&#215;200</a> with a mission of making art collecting a possibility for everyone. On the leading edge of ecommerce, 20&#215;200 achieved enormous initial success and grew very quickly. Jen tells her powerful story of adapting her business on-the-fly as the internet landscape shifted dramatically under her feet, her perseverance fed by a deep belief that living with art is good for you, and the creation of art itself is an act of bravery. Bravo, lady! Listen:

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Listen to Episode 46 of Clever: Joe Gebbia

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                                In <a href="http://cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-46-joe-gebbia"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">this episode of Clever</a>, Jaime and Amy talk to Designer, entrepreneur, and Airbnb co-founder, Joe Gebbia, who was known as the “art guy” in grade school when he started his first business selling illustrations of Ninja Turtles. Then, while pursuing dual design degrees, he founded his first legit startup with RISD’s basketball team, The Balls. Now as the leader of innovation and ideation at Airbnb he’s focused on exploring new attitudes of sharing and trust. Oh, and don’t tell him he can’t do something. He will go to extremes to prove you wrong. Listen:

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Listen to Episode 45 of Clever: Mary Ping

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                                In <a href="http://cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-45-mary-ping"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">this episode of Clever</a>, fashion designer Mary Ping was influenced at a young age by a stylish grandmother who taught her to sew. Always knowing she’d one day run her own label, she studied art at Vassar and worked in east London’s scene before founding her conceptual line, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, a living archive of wardrobe classics, reexamined. Not one to participate on the hamster wheel of trends, she prefers injecting social commentary and sartorial wit into her work. Plus, her photographic memory weirds people out. Listen:

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Listen to Episode 43 of Clever: Marcel Wanders

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                                In <a href="http://cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-43-marcel-wanders" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">the latest episode of Clever</a>, Amy and Jaime talk to international design star, Marcel Wanders, who grew up in the Netherlands taking things apart and making gifts from the pieces. After a rebellious and experimental adolescence, he discovered design in school and fell in love. Then he got kicked out. 20+ years later, with many global successes (products, furniture, lighting, and magical hospitality interiors) to his name, he is focussed on celebrating small victories, continually learning something new, and warning against the dangers of design fundamentalism. 
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Listen to Episode 42 of Clever: Paola Antonelli

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                                MoMA’s Senior Curator of Architecture &amp; Design, Paola Antonelli, grew up steeped in the design culture of Milan and developed a sense of fearlessness from frequent travels to foreign lands. After studying architecture in school she landed in the curatorial arts without even aiming for it. She talks to Amy and Jaime about how she views objects as lenses for understanding the complexity of the built world and her passionate belief that cultural institutions, like museums, are the R&amp;D of society. *Swoon*<br />
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Room One Surface Goes Against the Grain in Wireless Audio

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                                The term &#8220;engineered wood&#8221; takes on a whole new meaning with London-based audio technology outfit <a href="https://www.shoproom.one/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Room One&#8217;s</a> Surface wall audio speaker, the brainchild of designers Tom Jarvis and Oliver Staiano.
The subtle concave shape of the Surface evokes memories of skateboard decks – here, a little more round and portly, perhaps a less athletic, audiophile plywood relative  –  each wooden disk hiding transducer componetry, capable of converting the entire surface of stained layers of beech veneer into one large sculptural wireless speaker with the swipe and a tap of any music streaming app. Being Bluetooth-enabled, streaming audio from nearly any wireless music source plays nice with the Surface. And even while off, each of the CNC milled speaker panel designs quietly work as a minimalist decorative piece, ready to surprise unexpected guests the next time they’re turned on. Each Surface is hand assembled in a London workshop and available in
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Listen to Episode 35 of Clever: Daniel Germani

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                                Architect and designer Daniel Germani took a circuitous route to get to his full-time practice. Along the way he’s worked in tech, media and got an MBA. He <a href="http://cleverpodcast.com/ep-35-daniel-germani" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">talks to Jaime and Amy</a> about his childhood in Buenos Aires, grappling with his Catholic upbringing, and his passion for designing spaces that support clients living life to the fullest. Plus, he is fiercely (and hilariously) anti-tchotchke!
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Bossa Moonraker Retro-Futuristic Stereo Speaker System

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                                Named after one of the kitschiest, but also one of the most memorable James Bond films (who could ever forget the film&#8217;s scene-stealing Lotus Esprit Series 1, aka the “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeBqf6bYZak"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Submarine Car</a>”?), the <a href="https://bossasound.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bossa Moonraker</a> sound system exhibits an aesthetic that wouldn&#8217;t look one bit out of place in a Bond villain&#8217;s lair.
The retro-futuristic design comes by way of the California based loudspeaker designer and manufacturer Bossa, the result of a rotomolding polymer shaping process that produces a spherical housing to enclose two Class D amplifiers. The internals are rated for a total of 150 watts RMS each: one for bass for 50 watts RMS x 2, and the other for treble for 25 watts RMS x 2. Meeting the expectations and standards of speakers today, the Moonraker also plays nice wireless with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with AAC and aptX connectivity. So why a sphere?
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Bossa Moonraker Retro-Futuristic Stereo Speaker System

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                                Named after one of the kitschiest, but also one of the most memorable James Bond films (who could ever forget the film&#8217;s scene-stealing Lotus Esprit Series 1, aka the “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeBqf6bYZak"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Submarine Car</a>”?), the <a href="https://bossasound.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bossa Moonraker</a> sound system exhibits an aesthetic that wouldn&#8217;t look one bit out of place in a Bond villain&#8217;s lair.
The retro-futuristic design comes by way of the California based loudspeaker designer and manufacturer Bossa, the result of a rotomolding polymer shaping process that produces a spherical housing to enclose two Class D amplifiers. The internals are rated for a total of 150 watts RMS each: one for bass for 50 watts RMS x 2, and the other for treble for 25 watts RMS x 2. Meeting the expectations and standards of speakers today, the Moonraker also plays nice wireless with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with AAC and aptX connectivity. So why a sphere?
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Bossa Moonraker Retro-Futuristic Stereo Speaker System

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/bossa-moonraker-speakers/bossa_moonraker_pr_03/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/bossa_moonraker_pr_03-810x540.jpg" alt="Bossa Moonraker Retro-Futuristic Stereo Speaker System" /></a>
                                Named after one of the kitschiest, but also one of the most memorable James Bond films (who could ever forget the film&#8217;s scene-stealing Lotus Esprit Series 1, aka the “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeBqf6bYZak"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Submarine Car</a>”?), the <a href="https://bossasound.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bossa Moonraker</a> sound system exhibits an aesthetic that wouldn&#8217;t look one bit out of place in a Bond villain&#8217;s lair.
The retro-futuristic design comes by way of the California based loudspeaker designer and manufacturer Bossa, the result of a rotomolding polymer shaping process that produces a spherical housing to enclose two Class D amplifiers. The internals are rated for a total of 150 watts RMS each: one for bass for 50 watts RMS x 2, and the other for treble for 25 watts RMS x 2. Meeting the expectations and standards of speakers today, the Moonraker also plays nice wireless with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with AAC and aptX connectivity. So why a sphere?
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Listen to Episode 34 of Clever: Tina Roth Eisenberg

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                                Graphic designer and entrepreneurial super-hero, Tina Roth Eisenberg aka swissmiss, has always been full of ideas. Luckily, she channels her powers for good: like the lecture series <a href="https://creativemornings.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">CreativeMornings</a>, <a href="https://tattly.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Tattly</a> temporary tattoos, to-do app <a href="https://teuxdeux.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">TeuxDeux</a> and the popular design blog <a href="http://swiss-miss.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">swissmiss</a>. She shares with Jaime and Amy the magic of finding and building community through non-transactional giving, the positive side of divorce and the benefits of keeping a desk drawer stocked with confetti.
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CreativeMornings

swissmiss blog

Tattly perennials scented temporary tattoos


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Concrete Audio F1 Wall Speakers Are a Brutalist’s Dream Come True

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                                <a href="http://www.concrete-audio.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Concrete Audio&#8217;s</a> moniker should make it evident the German-based audio company&#8217;s faith lies with neither wood nor ceramics, but with the mixture of ce­ment, water, and sand. The company&#8217;s F1 wall-mounted loudspeaker resides somewhere within the overlap of a Venn diagram between audiophile and architectural.
The immediate and obvious question that arises amongst the layman of course is, “Why concrete?” The short and simple answer: to eliminate unwanted vibrations.
A good loudspeaker housing should not vibrate, as modern drivers (the actual loudspeaker in the box) today render the full sound spectrum linearly. But if the housing itself does vibrate due to its construction or materials (wood, plastic), then those vibrations affect performance by amplifying or diminishing certain sympathetic frequencies within the sound spectrum.
Concrete’s unique properties – it’s weight, irregular structure, and density – provide a medium untainted by the intrusion of unwelcome vibrations, the audiophile’s enemy. Each 32mm
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Listen to Episode 33 of Clever: Josh Higgins

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                                Graphic designer and Senior Creative Director of Facebook’s Building 8 team, Josh Higgins, spent his SoCal youth surfing, enduring a painful homelife, and harboring rebellious angst. He found therapeutic release and success in playing punk rock music, and also accidentally found the pathway to his calling. Now, he’s a champion of social causes and connecting the world through empathy. Oh and remember when Obama ran for re-election in 2012? Guess who design-directed that victorious campaign? Go Josh!
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Vibrato Transforms a Favorite Song into Unique Wall Art

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                                Imagine your favorite song. Now envision what the song would look like. That&#8217;s the simple premise behind <a href="https://www.vibrato.us/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Vibrato</a>, an online service inviting users to upload their favorite music or any audio track to be converted into an aural-visual piece of wall art.
The process converting a section of audio into a visual representation is as interesting as the resulting imagery itself. A 4″×4″ optically clear plastic sheet is placed over an audio speaker, with specially diluted ink applied over this surface before the chosen track is put on blast. The resulting monochromatic “vibrato” image can share semblance to a mushroom spore print or an exploding celestial event; what you see is as subjective as any piece of art, the “artist” being the sonic imprint of a song or audio recording. Each design is thus unique, manually scanned, enlarged, enhanced and printed on 30×30 high quality Somerset Velvet – 310 gsm, certified archival paper, then
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Listen to Episode 32 of Clever: Craig Steely

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                                Architect <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Craig-Steely/" data-wpel-link="internal">Craig Steely</a> grew up tinkering in a family whose motto was ‘custom anything’ so it’s not all that surprising that he’s scaled that idea up to the design of buildings. It’s refreshing to hear him talk about how that mentality has informed not only his work, but the very nature of his architecture practice; a small, personal, agile practice that focuses on meaning, relationships, and… hot lava! Listen:

Roof deck of our home and studio in San Francisco \\\ Photo by Daniel Karp

The sunken office at Pam and Paul’s House, Cupertino \\\ Photo by Daren Bradley

Pam and Paul’s house, Cupertino \\\ Photo by Daren Bradley


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Listen to Episode 30 of Clever: Brad Ascalon

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                                In <a href="http://cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-30-brad-ascalon" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">this episode of Clever</a>, furniture and product designer Brad Ascalon calls himself a rational designer and even though he initially wanted to work in the music industry, a heart to heart with his artistic father during a career setback started him on a path toward industrial design and he’s never looked back. He confesses that while he loves design work, the regular rejection that comes with the territory has sometimes felt like being dumped. He’s currently embroiled in a love/hate relationship with New York City, and his new hobbies include playing bluegrass music and whittling corn cob pipes. Listen:

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The Sonos PLAYBASE is a Platform for Simplicity

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                                It was about a year ago when I sat with Tad Toulis, Vice President of Design at Sonos, to discuss the state of design within the consumer realm of technology: notable successes, perceived failures, with the occasional predictive stab at where home entertainment was heading for the majority of customers who &#8216;just want things to work&#8217; with uncomplicated, intuitive reliability. At the time Toulis passingly hinted something significant was in the works amongst his team to better serve this silent majority of people demanding ease with flexible function without sacrificing design, but he wouldn&#8217;t/couldn&#8217;t reveal specifics. The new <a href="http://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/playbase.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sonos PLAYBASE</a>, a television speaker that moonlights as a capable music speaker, was likely that hinted promise of technological complexity disguised in the simplest of forms.
That Toulis is passionate about the process of design is immediately obvious – ideation, editing, solving, continually questioning, and finally forming from a multitude of small and sometimes invisible details an amorphous idea into a product that
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