Former lawyer and scheme love Eugene Kim founded Dims . in 2018 with the goal of discovering fresh, diverse voices in motif and endorse their work to a larger audience at a fair rate. Dims. is a young direct-to-consumer design company that spouses with a culturally diverse list of surfacing decorators from around the world. Looking to avoid markups on their mid-priced furniture, Dims. makes their fragments at realistic rates with a high level of quality. The brand is committed to the highest quality standards, from the sustainability of its materials and manufacturing practices to the originality of its motifs to the bonds it creates within the innovative community. Whether it’s interiors, style, graphics, etc, Eugene’s interest in style and pattern ways every part of his life and business. He also has a passion for promoting the work of talented young designers and acting as a bridge between rising talent and a new generation of consumers. Eugene accommodates a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. Today Eugene joins us for Friday Five!
1. Geometria Light by Shinya Yoshida Design This sculptural counter lamp, whose base and tilted color use a single contingent, was shown at the Salone Satellite show last year. The decorator, Shinya Yoshida, has yielded three different versions, each in a different material — skin, marble and ash. Despite their analogous chassis, the three have definite temperaments, which is a testament to how much material figures our impressions of an object. I’d love to have a ignited like this one in the Dims. collect one day. Its solidity, focus on materiality and targeted illumination make it a great counterpoint to our Word Table Light, where the focus is more on translucence and propagated light.
2. INQUE Magazine A friend recently led me to the Kickstarter campaign for this new, large-format magazine from Pentagram partner Matt Willey and journalist Dan Crowe. I find both the ends and the conveys obliging now — the final product, and likewise how they’re getting there. INQUE takes an inventive approaching to the publishing model: it will consist of only one issue per year for ten years, and there’s zero advertising. Backers breast costs for the first issue via Kickstarter, much like how clients target preorders at Dims. They’ll be commissioning long-form fiction, including a period per issue of a new tale from Jonathan Lethem — a move that restores the serial quality of storytelling by Charles Dickens, for instance. But they’re also thinking globally, producing works in translation, and have appointed Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to curate labor from African novelists in each matter. What I most appreciate about INQUE is how it proposes to solve problems inherent in conventional editorial planneds, like ad, rationing costs and difficult production timelines. It reminds me a lot of what we’ve tried to do at Dims. — to connect clients immediately with decorators in a way that best suffices both.
3. YOWIE Shannon Maldonado is a friend of the symbol, and a young dreamer. She founded YOWIE four years ago, and last year Bon Appetit recognized it as “The Coolest Shop in Philadelphia.” She’s got a great eye, and sells objects wandering from graphic hand towels by Dusen Dusen to herbal aperitifs from Ghia. Shannon also thinks large-scale: she’s turning YOWIE into a multi-floor platform for hospitality, parish occasions, pattern and retail. Recently she completed a crowdfunding safarus to help grow her crew, and I can’t wait to see what she does in this next chapter of her business.
4. New Reader I’m a committed book, and this online publication is one of my favorites right now. New Reader interrogations creatives and decision makers of all stripes, from the simulation and financier Cecilia Dean to New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres. In nearly every interview, the editors begin by asking the subjects about the literature or stores that have informed their prospects, which offers us a opening into what gets their gears turning and the various affects that finish in a body of work. The visuals are rich, and I enjoy that the editors have woven in a sort of meta-text through the use of hyperlinked notes — it’s easy to go down the rabbit hole.
5. Mondialite: Or the Archipelagos of Edouard Glissant The writing of Martinique-born poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant, who passed away in 2011, often tackled themes of identity, speech, colonialism and globalization. I’ve grown enthralled by his ideas around worldliness, or mondialite, which deconstructs Western, colonial concepts of understanding and relation. Glissant espoused differences between people and cultures, suggesting that all are tied together — and that complete understanding may not be possible, and shouldn’t be. It’s about ensure culture as archipelagos — separate and distinct, but interconnected. We are striving for this kind of mondialite at Dims ., as we look to connect different archipelagos of talent, event and knowledge.
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