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5 Things: May



Taking time to recognize what’s present — 5 things we’ve been interested in, thinking about, and loving this month

 

Shaina Mote — 5 Things: May
Skyline, No. 1, April 1, 1978, Massimo Vignelli, Lella Vignelli. C/o The Museum of Modern Art. 

1. Reading — Design: Vignelli

A book of collected works by Massimo Vignelli, a Milan-based designer who became famous in the 80s and who designed everything from the New York City subway graphic identity to American Airlines to works for Pierre Cardin.

2. Drinking — Irinbancha tea

A tea native to Kyoto, made of twigs and leaves, and smoked with an unusual palette-clearing sensation. It smells just like a campfire! 

 

3. Viewing — A palette

Recently feeling drawn to pale lemon and white tones. We've been loving the cheerful, pale undertone of soft citron as a new wardrobe neutral, in particular pairing the crema Petit Top with to pale yellow trousers, plus a classic trench and slide-on mules (these colors are also manifesting at our studio, via fragrant and wild arrangements with Night Blooming Jasmine + Wild Chamomile-esque daisies)

Military 1 chair by Gerrit Rietveld. Lacquered Wood. Ca. 1950's. 


4. Listening — Sudan Archives

Friend, violinist, and vocalist Sudan Archives writes, plays, and produces her own music. Drawing inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, she is self-taught on the violin and her unique songs also fold in elements of R&B and experimental electronic music.  We recently saw her play and are continuously in awe of her self possession, honest, powerful presence, and talent.

Still from the video for Paid, Sudan Archives EP, 2017.

5. Considering — Balancing creativity and work

Learning how to respect and create space for the creative impulse to bloom while keeping present with the needs of day to day life…

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