Studio tour: Regas NY

Name: Meredith Kurosko
Location: New York City!  Our location is quite unique, and we think it adds a fun little note to the world of Regas! We’re located on the sunny second floor of a Greek Orthodox Church in west Midtown. Our vintage letterpress machines and paper samples spent months begging for open space as our business grew – and we were lucky enough to find it in this quirky space.
Company: Regas New York

What do you do?
We create stationery and invitations! At any given time you can find a Regas designer hard at work on our wedding collection, or on a custom piece for a special event. Our letterpress is in-house – so all printing happens inside our studio.

What is your aesthetic?
Bold, bright, and colorful.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We like to think of our studio as an equation: calm background plus amazing accents equaling a sense of the Regas brand! We chose a calm grey for our walls, but then painted our fireplace a shock of yellow. Other colorful bits and pieces are scattered throughout. The space feels timeless in its use of a neutral underlying shade but distinct in its ability to spark creativity and energy.

Favorite part of your studio? Hands down? The comradery and creative spirit shared by our team. There isn’t a day that goes by without a challenging design dilemma – and yet our natural approach is always laughter rather than dismay. And we’re very much a working studio – someone always has dirty hands from the printing!

I also feel incredibly fortunate to have the luxury of space to spread out when tackling a project. We all know that’s a rare thing in NYC, but our large footprint allows us to really play with any medium that strikes the team’s fancy. We’ve spray painted linens, screen printed table runners, redone furniture, and spackled walls, all from within our studio. The space really allows us to go in any direction.

Where do you go for inspiration? I don’t have one go-to place, but do find myself excited by a few things over and over again. Clients are inspiring to me. They have wonderful stories and are planning thoughtful events. Their energy is contagious!

I also find the wedding community a real source of inspiration. It’s so incredibly full of talented entrepreneurs. The friends I’ve made since starting Regas keep my mind going.

Finally, on a more tangible front – the walk home from the train to my apartment in Brooklyn affords endless eye-candy. I’m always caught anew by the architecture of the neighborhood and finding hidden patterns that I want to capture on paper.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Four words, two items: pantone book and printing ruler. Need those colors and perfect measurements!

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? In case a little elf is reading this… a new paper cutter, central a/c in our studio, and a heidlberg letterpress

Anything else we should know? Our team is knit together like no other. Regas designers Allison and Caitlin and I work together five (sometimes seven!) days a week – and yet we often linger well past hours to just get in more quality time. Allison is my younger sister, and she lives with me, so we’re basically attached at the hip!

[images from Jamie Hankin and Regas NY]

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Studio tour: Whisk

Name: Kari
Location: 231 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Company: Whisk

What do you do? kitchen/housewares retail store

What is your aesthetic? cozy, comfortable, vintage-inspired

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I think the aesthetic of the store sums up what we are perfectly – your friendly, comfortable, neighborhood store.

Favorite part of your studio? Our favorite part has to be the teakettles on shelves in the window!

Where do you go for inspiration? Everywhere! We’re inspired from our home kitchens, our favorite kitchens, restaurants and bars. Lately, we’re really into Pinterest!

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Our macs!

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? A larger space!

Anything else we should know? Look for a Manhattan store coming this fall – we’ve got a lot of things to be excited about happening!

[images from Whisk]

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Studio tour: Scout’s Honor Co.

Name: Annemarie Buckley
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Company: Scout’s Honor Co.

What do you do? Stationery, hand type, illustration, custom design

What is your aesthetic? Fresh take on classic Americana. I love vintage as much as I love modern…trying everyday to make the two get along.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I love surrounding myself with things that inspire me and objects that I use on a daily basis. I find that tucking things away means I never see them again. Everything is visible and fodder for new ideas: vintage American flags, pens & pencils, rulers, scarves, jewelry, paper samples, sailing flags, books, vintage pennants (starting a lil collection of those), paints & brushes, stencils, stamps, magazines (every issue of Domino, RIP), pottery, wood crates, postcards, art. Etc. Etc. Etc! Actually looking for a place to put Etc. right now…

I like the background for all of this visual overload to be simple. Most walls are white with the exception of the studio “turret” which I painted charcoal gray. I love white trim & pops of color against a dark, dramatic background. Studio furniture is simple & utilitarian: saw horses for table legs, unfinished or chalkboard-painted wood for table tops, plywood cubes as storage.

Favorite part of your studio? Hands down the five windows in the turret…not only do they keep me connected to the outdoors all day but they provide the best (and cheapest) photo shoot lighting a girl can ask for. My studio is on the 3rd floor of an old house, so the height gives me a slight view of the lake and makes me feel like I’m in a treehouse!

Where do you go for inspiration? Vermont in general is super inspiring: the mountains, the lakes, the small towns, the artists, the antique stores…the list goes on. Traveling out of Vermont and getting fresh perspective is important (and fun) as well. On top of that, I am constantly inspired by magazines, newspapers, interiors, fashion, hardware stores, school supplies, signage, warehouses, army/navy shops, restaurants…pretty much anywhere that has something classic/industrial/functional to offer. I have even spent an afternoon in a plumbing supply shop…I know.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Pens, paper, scanner. I wouldn’t know where to begin without ‘em. Equally as crucial: iced tea and dark chocolate.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I am grateful for what I have but in America, bigger is better, right? I am speaking only in terms of monitors. 27 inch iMac, you will be mine one day (shakin’ that piggy bank as I type this).

Anything else we should know? I wrote my senior thesis in college on paper. Let’s just say this obsession has been around for awhile…

[images from Scout’s Honor Co.]

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Studio tour: Sullivan Owen

Name: Sullivan Owen
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Company: Sullivan Owen floral & event design

What do you do? I am a floral & event designer, my studio designs everything from bridal bouquets to hand dyed & embroidered table linens to custom props and sources vintage furniture in addition to daily floral deliveries.

What is your aesthetic? We don’t subscribe to one style of design, preferring to get to know the event hosts and tailor a design specifically for them incorporating elements that they love. We love to mix modern, vintage and antique elements to create designs that communicate the personality of the couple or the lucky recipient of a floral delivery.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? The studio décor is a mixture of modern, vintage and antique industrial pieces mixed with a few family heirlooms to remind me of the talented family I come from. The studio is packed with carefully chosen pieces that speak to the attention to detail we maintain when designing an event.  The color palette is understated allowing the flowers to pop since they are the heart of the business. The front of the studio is a welcoming consultation area in front of a giant General Store cabinet from the 50’s that holds a fraction of the huge collection of vases we own. The workroom is designed for maximum efficiency and is super organized so that we can crank out the dozens of designs required for large events in addition to our daily orders.  My office is designed to be a bit more serene with lighter shades and plenty of storage to keep me organized.

Favorite part of your studio? I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite, the whole studio is so personal to me. If I didn’t really love something, it wouldn’t be here in the studio. Even the building we are in is special to me as I lived on the 3rd floor when I met my now husband. I walk in the door every day so happy that I get to work in a beautiful and functional space doing a job that I truly love.  Nearly every person to step foot in the studio says that it’s such a lovely place to work.  Not to get all new-agey but it just has a great vibe.

Where do you go for inspiration? I am primarily inspired by fashion. I love finding ways to incorporate the upcoming trends into an event design in a tasteful and thoughtful way.  We keep several inspiration pin boards filled with fashion or home décor images paired with flowers and change them frequently. We are always looking ahead similarly to the fashion industry for new color combinations, new floral varieties and especially new containers.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Florist’s knife and our giant walk in cooler which we just got but it is already indispensable

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I would love a teleportation machine, Star Trek style that beams me to both the NYC and SF flower markets each day but barring some serious technological advances or hiring a guy named Scottie, I’d have to say central AC in the studio. With summer just around the corner, it looks like staff meetings will be happening in the cooler.

Anything else we should know? As for the studio, we’re not content with just providing exceptional floral & event design. We don’t love the rental options currently available in the market so we’ll be launching our first collection of limited edition linens for Spring 2012 which is incredibly exciting. They’ll be available for rent for events across the US and the collection is focused on providing a more understated and elegant option for table linens in a sea of bedazzled, sparkly and shiny.

As for me, I’m married to another entrepreneur Tim Owen co-owner of Jade Tree, a seminal independent record label he started with a friend at age 19. Tim was the one who encouraged me to start my own studio after working for other designers and he continues to be my biggest supporter as well as my sounding board for new ideas.  We live with our 4 rescue cats just south of Philly in Wilmington, DE.

Have a great studio you want to share?  Send it over!  We’d love to see it!  Email brooklynbride [at] gmail.com!

[ Images by Lorraine Daley and Sullivan Owen ]

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Studio tour: Poppies & Posies part 2

Name: Sierra Yaun & Juliet Totten
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Company: Poppies & Posies

What do you do? We’re floral and event designers.  We design every aspect of events from the flowers to the menus.  We really do it all!

What is your aesthetic? Our aesthetic is contemporary rustic. We love sourcing vintage and antique elements to use along side more modern elements in our designs.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Our studio is an eclectic mix of old and new. We found some amazing salvaged wood to hang as shelving throughout the space. It now houses a plethora of antique items such as bottles, apothecary jars, cameras, and tins. We added a newly upholstered couch, that Juliet designed the fabric for, and some beautiful linen curtains to drape our windows.

Favorite part of your studio? Our favorite part of our studio is probably our huge work table. We found it at a local flea market and are in love with all of its dings and bruises; they’re a real reminder that it’s had a whole history before coming to settle in our space.  Now we’re adding a few marks of our own.

Where do you go for inspiration? We find inspiration in the funniest things. Sometimes we’ll be strolling through the farmers market and create a whole design based off of some amazing piece of fruit we’ve picked up. We’re both from New England and love to also get out of the city to regroup and feel inspired.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Cutting shears/ipod speakers.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? A larger studio with tons of closet space to hold all of our props and vases.

Anything else we should know? We’ve recently become obsessed with Bahn Mi Vietnamese sandwiches!  We think they are the perfect nosh for a long work day.


[images from Jen Huang Photography]

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