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Former Manhattan agency directors turned Brooklyn hands-on designers.
What we ❤ doing
Design
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UX
Photography
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Lectures
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Events
We teach, lecture, give workshops and love sharing our knowledge, and we’ll literally go anywhere! Here are some of the ones we are really looking forward to.
4 continents
27 countries
340,356 miles travelled
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Clients
We’ve worked with some pretty great people at some pretty awesome companies. We also spend about 3 months a year working on self-initiated projects.
8
years of
working together
90
Projects
completed
5
Continents visited
for clients
84
of all
Pitches Won
archived in national
library of congress
1
Time bullied
by a client
Zumtobel
On day one, we knew absolutely nothing about lighting design. When we launched four months later, we could have written an entire dissertation on the matter.
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Karim Rashid
Designing for a designer, and especially for one as prolific, influential and celebrated as Karim Rashid could have been — let's be honest, a total disaster.
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Zumtobel
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Karim Rashid
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NURO Watch
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About
We have set up our studio so we can be personally involved with every single project and get to be choosy about what work we take on — client or self-initiated.
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Anton Repponen
Solving problems and creating new visual languages is my biggest passion. My architecture background makes me think of design in a structural and humanistic way. Everything will need to make perfect sense and will need to be designed around the user since the place I’m designing might end up being the place where some people will spend their entire lives.
Favorite design piece
OP-1 synthesizer by Teenage Engineering
Dream Project
Get paid to travel the world. Design a website for a toilet paper brand. Redesign the interface of a digital camera.
Irene Pereyra
Growing up in Amsterdam I was constantly surrounded by modernist design, which very heavily influenced my taste and sensibilities. To me, great design is practical and starts with breaking things down to its simplest form, the straightest line from A to B. Anything superfluous makes me uneasy. I frequently have heated debates on how things can be done better with less stuff.
Favorite design piece
The Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer.
Dream Project
Retrace T. E. Lawrence’s steps during the Arab Revolt. Redesign the entire Air and Space Museum in DC. Make an infographic about all the Space Race stats.
Contact
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions. We are very friendly and always open to discussing new projects, interesting ideas, student work or opportunities to be part of an event.
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If you have an interesting project, an RFP, or just need some help, reach out to us. We’re available.
We also teach, lecture, give workshops, and love sharing our knowledge, and we’ll literally go anywhere!
Brooklyn
Our sunny studio is in the industrial Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 1636, Gowanus Bay was the site of the first settlement by Dutch farmers in what is now Brooklyn. The Gowanus Canal was an alleged Mafia dumping ground and the canal has gonorrhea. The good news: it no longer has typhoid and virulent cholera. Also, when in 1950 a shark swam into the Gowanus Canal; the NYPD used it for target practice, which is interesting since every year more people are bitten by New Yorkers than by sharks.
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We have given interviews on the rooftop of a Manila hotel, a Chinatown dumpling house, and in an old movie theater. Find them and others on Facebook and Twitter.
All of a sudden you have to sit in a lot of meetings that have nothing to do with design, and we’re like, wait a minute, we’re designers!”
We wanted to make sure lighting designers and architects would be able to quickly find the right amount of information at the right time.”
From Medium
Sometimes it really helps to start somewhere completely differently and allow yourself to be really open about where this new route might take you.”
We always start at 9AM, yes, even having your own studio, discipline pays off!”
From the FWA
For our new site we wanted a combination of playful imagery mixed in with clean typography and striking colors.”
From THE PLUS
I chose Anton and Irene because they seemed the most progressive and there was a sense of ease about their work and them personally. I must like the people I work with always.”
From the FWA
Excitingly, nothing is here to stay. The hyperspeed at which technology accelerates is absolutely fascinating and not something anyone should feel nostalgic about.”
From Poynter
Together with the client we made very bold decisions. We did things that we knew people were probably not going to be comfortable with.”
From Readymag
One of the main influences for me were my parents. They’re both fashion designers and I grew up surrounded by textiles, fabric patterns and sewing machines.”
From Metajive
You can be tough, you can be charming, and there are times when you can tell the client that they are wrong. As long as you can communicate clearly, you will usually get your way.”
From the FWA
Mostly what inspires me are the things that are done wrong or don't work at all, that gives me ideas on how to fix them.”
From Designmodo
I spend my money on experiences like cameras and lenses and music equipment. Anything that allows me to create and learn new things. Same story with traveling.”
I’m allergic to social media. People that are now in their 20s, are so narcissistic. I feel it brings out the worst in people. It almost scares me.”
All interaction should feel like Fisher Price. When you make things bulky and oversized and for fat fingers, it will automatically be easier to use.”
I don’t think I would like to have the same wrist watch you have.”
We really dislike grand reveal type presentations. Typically we work for a day and then record a video walkthrough and send it to the client.”
Don’t underestimate the power of the presentation. Communicating clearly eliminates a lot of feedback and makes the client feel like you have everything under control.”
From RGD
As successful as the project was, it wasn’t without challenges along the way. Midway through the project, USA Today was rebranded by Wolff Olins.”
Webby Awards
Emmy Award
Red Dot Award
Adobe MAX Award
Cannes Lions Award
European Design Awards
Adobe Cutting Edge
.NET Award
The Society for News Design
TheFWA
Awwwards
Communication Arts Award
CSS Design Awards
Golden Egg Award
The One Show
Past Events
Pentagram Lecture New York, New York AIGA Lecture Sioux Falls, South Dakota Workshop at UNITiD Amsterdam, the Netherlands Awwwards New York, NY Element Warsaw, Poland FITC Toronto Toronto, Canada Creative South Columbus, Georgia OFFF Montreal Montreal, Canada Pixels Festival Mons, Belgium FITC Amsterdam Amsterdam, The Netherlands LADFEST Lima, Peru Google XX + UX New York, NY Workshop at Hyper Island Stockholm, Sweden Inspirational ’15 Madrid, Spain Kikk Design Festival Namur, Belgium Form Chicago, IL OFFF Mexico 2015 Mexico City, Mexico Camp Festival 2015 Calgary, Canada Designers + Geeks New York, NY Workshop at Strelka Moscow, Russia Lecture at Yandex Design School Moscow, Russia Course at SVA New York, NY Lecture at AIGA San Diego, CA UX Spain 2015 Salamanca, Spain Lecture at Elisava 2015 Barcelona, Spain OFFF 2015 Barcelona, Spain Beyond Tellerrand 2015 Dusseldorf, Germany Generate 2015 New York, NY FID 2015 San Jose, Costa Rica Graphika Manila 2015 Manila, Philippines Course at General Assembly New York, NY OFFF Fortaleza 2014 Fortaleza, Brazil Cannes Lions Imagination Day Warsaw, Poland Collide 2014 Halifax, Canada SOS Dizajn Festival 2014 Sarajevo, Bosnia BlendConf 2014 Charlotte, NC Camp Festival 2014 Calgary, Canada OFFF Cincinnati 2014 Cincinnati, OH Workshop at IKRA St. Petersburg, Russia OFFF St. Petersburg 2014 St. Petersburg, Russia Workshop at Grupo W Saltillo, Mexico Lecture at Playful Interactive Monterrey, Mexico ByDesign! 2014 Bratislava, Slovakia Lecture at Elisava 2014 Barcelona, Spain FITC Toronto 2014 Toronto, Canada FITC Amsterdam 2014 Amsterdam, the Netherlands HPX Digital 2013 Halifax, Canada Generate 2013 London, UK EDIT Festival 2013 Lisbon, Portugal OFFF 2013 Barcelona, Spain Lecture at Elisava 2013 Barcelona, Spain Spring Festival 2013 Graz, Austria FITC Toronto 2013 Toronto, Canada FITC Amsterdam 2013 Amsterdam, the Netherlands Lecture at Adobe User Group Amsterdam, the Netherlands Lecture at Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands Internet Beta 2012 RZESZÓW, POLAND British School of Design Lecture Moscow, Russia Lecture at Art Lebedev Studio Moscow, Russia Workshop at Hyper Island Stockholm, Sweden OFFF 2012 Barcelona, Spain SXSW 2011 Austin, TX Digitized 2011 Athens, Greece Lecture at Lemon Sky Warsaw, Poland Lecture at FIT New York, NY Lecture at RIT Rochester, NY Adobe MAX 2010 Amsterdam, the Netherlands Multimania 2007 Kortrijk, Belgium