Judy Nelson lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she has the luxury of walking to work and enjoying the best bagels known to humankind. Formerly a music industry publicist, Judy discovered the design PR world and hasn’t looked back in over 3 years (especially since she gets to work with a slew of interesting and creative clients). She still misses her roots and thus happily dabbles in music writing. She enjoys exploring Brooklyn, traveling, record shopping, finding the best vegetarian food around, and playing with her two kittens.
Born with a bang in New York in 1976, but was quickly moved to Southern California. Stop. Raised on a steady diet of BMX bikes and skateboards. Stop. Involvement in these cultures led to a healthy obsession with art, design, music, and a do-it-yourself ethic of getting things done. Stop.
Gabe Liedman is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer. You may have seen him onstage live, read his columns on Videogum, heard him on “This American Life” or “WTF with Marc Maron,” or seen him on TV. You should really follow him on Twitter though, to see what he thinks about while sitting in chairs (http://twitter.com/gabeliedman).
Rayman Boozer is an interior designer living and working in NYC. He is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, where he studied fashion and interior design. Upon graduating, Rayman made the move to NYC. It was there that Rayman quickly realized he had a penchant for home furnishings. After years of working for others (Bloomingdale’s, Saks, and Conran), he opened Apartment 48 in 1994.
An article in Time Out in 2001 dubbed Rayman the “go to” designer for color consulting. This fortunate article led to more residential projects and the start of Apartment 48 Interior Design Services. The interior design business has grown over the years and has become an integral part of Apartment 48. Rayman and his team like to combine vibrant colors, exotic materials, and contemporary furnishings to create rooms that look and feel easy, relaxed, and effortless.
Over the years, Rayman has been profiled in New York Magazine, W, Essence, and Time Out. In addition, his East Village apartment was featured on the cover of Elle Décor.
NYC-native Rob Cristofaro is the co-creative director and founder of Alife (http://www.alifenyc.com/). He entered the world of graffiti at the tender age of 14. Rob, AKA Jest, became a recognized figure within this subversive community, and graffiti became his gateway into the art world.
Rob earned a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts and went on to work for a fashion-trade publication as an intern – he left as the art director. Incidentally, it was at this job that he met Arnaud Delecolle, and in 1999, the two founded Alife. The lifestyle concept brand started as a creative workshop within a conceptual retail space located on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side and expanded worldwide with flagship locations in LA, Tokyo and Vancouver.
New York Art Department (www.newyorkartdepartment.org) is the latest venture from the Alife brand. Founded in 2011, NYAD is a full-service agency that specializes in curating talent from the global network it’s amassed over the past decade. Its first project Private Property (http://privateproperty.nyad.info/) took place during ICFF 2011 and paired graffiti artists with Brooklyn-based furniture designers Uhuru.
Arnaud Delecolle is the co-creative director and founder of Alife (http://www.alifenyc.com/). He was born in Lille, France, an industrial town in the northern part of the country, to a family of artistic merchants and footwear designers and manufacturers. At the age of eight, he moved to Brazil and later attended a Quaker boarding school in Poughkeepsie, New York. He has studied theater in Paris, aviation in Florida, German and beer in Germany, marketing and journalism in North Carolina, before ending up in New York, where he co-founded Alife in 1999, after working his way from an intern to the editorial director at a fashion-trade publication. Alife is an influential lifestyle concept brand and design force that creates apparel and footwear, graphics, brand campaigns and interiors.
In 2011, he co-founded New York Art Department (www.newyorkartdepartment.org) with his long-time collaborator and Alife co-founder Rob Cristofaro. NYAD is a full-service agency that specializes in curating talent from the global network it’s amassed over the past decade. Its first project Private Property (http://privateproperty.nyad.info/) took place during ICFF 2011 and paired graffiti artists with Brooklyn-based furniture designers Uhuru.
Arnaud is currently training for his first marathon.
When he’s not busting down walls in an extensive home renovation (http://www.redneckmodern.com), Hunter Wimmer can be found lending his talents and insights to academia as Associate Director of Academy of Art University’s Graphic Design Program (after a few stints at IDEO, Gap/Banana Republic and Oh Boy, A Design Company). He dreams of a world without double-spaces after punctuation and presently has an unnatural obsession with 2-wheeled transportation…but last week it was the perfection of bacon-frying, so his wife is hoping this one is as short lived.
Born in Tokyo and raised in New England, Jonah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. For several years, Jonah designed furniture that he built in a friend’s studio while he played bass guitar, touring and recording with several indie rock bands. Needing to develop and showcase a growing body of work that was filling his house but few had seen, Jonah founded Atelier Takagi.
Spike Press is Chicago-based illustrator and designer John Solimine. After cutting his teeth on screenprinted posters, John has gone on to work for such clients as American Express, The Chicago Tribune, and Nike, while earning recognition from Communication Arts and Print Magazine. His work can be found at www.spikepress.com.
Eric Hildebrandt has been the Studio Proprietor at the Design Within Reach Potrero Studio for the past five years. In the decade prior to his current position, Eric was a graphic designer and publisher of an award-winning Seattle magazine. In the decade prior to that decade that he just wrote about, Eric destroyed his hearing at too many clubs, drank and smoked a lot and believed (albeit very briefly) that painting his fingernails was somehow okay. Nowadays, Eric loves everything about Las Vegas, wishes he could afford Lanvin, and secretly wants to be Kelly Wearstler.
Director and Storyteller, Kirk Dianda is best known for his ability to intimately capture people and their story on film. With a passion for skateboarding, his first creative pursuit straight out of high school was 411VM, a skateboard video magazine. The success of 411, launched an industry of its own, producing films and videos, video game content, commercials, music and music videos, with Kirk as the Creative Director.
In 2000, Kirk created ON Video, a series of mini-documentaries that dove deeper into skateboarding as a culture and its young history, rich stories, and iconography. “LOVE Story” (2004), the final chapter for ON Video, placed Kirk in the middle of the Philadelphia skate scene, where he captured the scene and history around the now defunct LOVE Park.
Kirk’s latest creation was an installation, entitled “FLATGROUND CASE STUDY” (2010) was presented in the traveling art show, Love & Guts. The short film features silhouetted and colored skateboarding, which seemingly created a moving Rorschach test.
Kirk currently works as Creative Director of Digital Media at Element Skateboards, located in Southern California. When not behind the lens, he’s on board or in the saddle, as Kirk is a lifelong skateboarder and avid cyclist.
For a peek into his world, check out his avant-garde blog; OPP (Other People’s Posts), an ongoing collection of likable products and stories, stolen from throughout the web on a daily basis.
Chris Brigham spent 11 years working as a graphic designer at design magazine ONE, Google and Factor Design, but he found himself striving to make more tangible objects by hand. He then decided to turn his garage into a work shop and start building. With that, Knife & Saw was born. Not having a formal education in furniture design, he learns a lot along the way, but almost always figures it out in the end. A knack for reverse engineering and his willingness to fail miserably helps a lot. His aim for Knife & Saw is to be a place where people can come with a problem or idea and he can build something to answer it. His Bike Shelf has been featured in Dwell and on almost every design blog on the internet.
I moved to New York City to pursue my career after graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography. I’ve worked in editorial to commercial and a few places in between. Over the course of my career, what I’ve photographed, has taken me in various directions—but there has always been a couple of common denominators that allow me to explore any subject with the comfort of knowing that I will always find my image—composition, style sensibilities and technique. My work takes me to many different places and locations and while having my business based in New York City, I make my home in New Jersey with my wife and family.
Grasie Mercedes is an Actress & TV Host with a passion for Style. She loves to help empower men and women feel great about themselves through Fashion; believing it doesn’t have to be intimidating or scary. YES YES IT CAN BE FUN! :) Past TV credits include Southland, Criminal Minds, NCIS and All My Children. In the hosting world: E! News Now, Maxim Online and The Style Network. To learn more or to check out her STYLE BLOG go to grasiemercedes.com. PHOTO by bradleymeinz.com