jueves, 5 de diciembre de 2013

A Day in the Life of Howkapow

Design Milk

Today we head to Bristol, England to follow the dynamic duo behind Howkapow, an online shop run by the husband-and-wife team known as Rog and Cat How. The couple met 2002 at Bristol University and their diverse careers took them around the world before returning them to the city they love. Their goal was to work with each other on something that was full of fun, honesty, and integrity, so they set up shop together in 2010 and Howkapow was born. The super fun and quirky shop sells a curated mix of smile-inducing goods, including kitchenware, ceramics, lamps and lights, prints and posters, accessories, jewelry, and gifts made from a series of independent designers and illustrators. Lets see how this spirited pair spends their day in this months Designer Dailies. Breakfast Cat: Our alarm goes off at 7:30 AM. Breakfast is always in bed on our favourite Mexican lady tray. I dont tend to have much appetite first thing so its a black coffee, no sugar, and a juice for me (today its carrot and beetroot from our allotment and fresh ginger), while Rog always has a double espresso and muesli with home-made yogurt. Yum. Feeding Chickens Rog: After breakfast its chicken feeding time! Our two ladies are called Cilla and Mrs T. and they give us two beautiful eggs a day. They love worms from our wormery but go wild for cheese and, er, curry. Morning Earring Selection Cat: Decisions! Decisions! Ive been collecting earrings for a few years now? Im building up to wearing a new pair of earrings for every day of the year. Almost there. Today its some big gold scarabs from Rosita Bonita? Tandem To Work Rog: Although we have a car, we rarely use it. We cycle our tandem Carol to work every day. We love her. Artwork On The Way To Work Rog: We pass by this painted door every day on the way to the studio. We dont know who painted it, but we love the colors. Its been there for years. Our Studio Road Cat: Our studio is located on Backfields Lane in the artist quarter of Bristol, England known as Stokes Croft. Its a lively little street packed with other product designers, architects, video producers and dress makers. We have a street party every year with a hog roast, lots of booze and a brass band. Our Studio Rog: Hello! Its Rog and Cat and Jess, our lovely PR babe! Rog Testing Ceramics Rog: We design and manufacture a range of products. Were currently designing a range of ceramics in collaboration with Australian designers Inaluxe. Here are some very rough mock ups! Our table is designed and made down the road by our friend Charlie Crowther-Smith. Tea Towels Bowls Cat: We love big bowls and we cannot lie! And we like nice tea towels too especially these ones by London-based designer Stuart Gardiner. Theyre ace info graphic towels about wine matching, tea and coffee and seasonal guides to fruit and vegetables. We heart a bit of form + function. Choosing Ceramics Cat: When orders come in, we like making sure all our products are close to hand. Our Jansen + Co ceramics come to us directly from Amsterdam and we love their bold colours and simple styling. In the Shelving Aisle Cat: Oh the glamour! Choosing Prints Cat: We have large print browsers around the studio as weve found its the best way to store our lovely prints. We end up buying far too many of these ourselves but what can you do? You cant go wrong with a good handmade screen print we say. Lunch Rog: Lunch is always something nice and simple like a crab salad, bagel or a little medley of cheese, fruit and crackers. When the weathers nice we sit outside in the park down the road. Most often we eat at our table in the studio. It is England after all? Packing! Rog: Hard at work making sure the orders are nicely packed up with our smashing intern, Siobhan. Post Work Drink Cat: A post-work pint at Poco around the corner from our studio. They do super-duper tapas and a lovely Elderflower Cucumber Gin Cooler. Mmmmmm.



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