Yesterday when I got to my studio I discovered that I had a new neighbor—DEEP 6 Fixtures & Goods. Joe Wiles—Mass Art/Industrial Design graduate and Vermont Commons School/Alumni has a shop that’s filled with funky furniture, home goods, a unicycle, art and so much more that you have to swoop a few times. Some of the goods are scavenged and some are constructed or re-purposed in unique ways. Joe has a cool “eye” for design. You’ll want to stop in really soon.
You can see the DEEP 6 GOODS and other vendors as well on Sunday, June 12th at the Vintage Inspired Flea Market at 180 Flynn Ave—Burlington, Vermont—noon to four. The Switchback Taproom will be open. Cheers!
What a charming museum we have in Vermont. The Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design started by architect, David Sellers is in Waitsfield, Vermont and well worth the trip. My son is studying Industrial Design at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. I wish he had been with me yesterday to poke around this charming space. Everything is so entirely Vermonty too. There was a lovely and well-informed girl who came in from sitting in the sun when I entered the museum. It’s a loose, donation museum and you may put one amount in the clear donation box on your way in and another amount on your way out because of the gems you’ve witnessed. Now, I eat this sort of design up. It’s one of my passions and what one person might not think a second about keeps me up at night thinking about the shape, color, origin and how it might influence my work. It took me way to long time to finally visit—but perhaps precisely the right timing.
From the museum’s website: “David Sellers is an architect and designer living and working in Warren, Vermont. The Madsonian is the result of his lifelong dream to honor the world’s best in industrial design. Dave got his start in architecture at Yale University. He has since been designing and building in Vermont and around the world. Dave has been named one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects.”
Last night I worked in my studio with my teenage son. He worked on a 3D sketch of a bag he wants to create. He wants to be an industrial designer. On New Year’s Day 2014 we will be hitting the button for his common application to get into one of the design schools he is interested in attending—Pratt, Rhode Island School of Design, Drexel and Mass Art. So now it is time to create a portfolio. I doubted his desire to do this kind of work until I saw him sew and carefully consider his project last night. He has a steady hand with the sewing machine and a really interesting design eye. Isn’t life interesting?