Visiting Warby Parker

June 11, 2013 — 0

Ten things I loved about my morning with Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker:

- Old school train schedule board showing the day's eye exam appointments, modeled on Philly's Penn Station - The sign on the front of Warby Parker's new Soho store: image - Copies of Paris Review on the store's waiting room coffee table, one of which was torn up by Neil's son - The story of Warby Parker presented as a narrative on the store's countertops - The kindness of everyone who works here - You get a bag of Neil's favorite pretzels on your first day at work - "Continually challenge ourselves to learn and do good."  (On the wall, next to the fridge.) - The fact that Tomaz Salamun's book of poems, Poker, is on the store shelf: image - When you buy a pair of glasses, Warby Parker gives a pair to someone who can't afford any - The photo both.  Here's Neil and me:    


Bjoern Ewers’ Berlin Philharmonic & The Vast Expanses Of Benny Chan

January 27, 2013 — 0

We spent yesterday afternoon having brunch at Nancy and Michael's house, talking with our friend, photographer Benny Chan.  More about Benny, later, but something in the scale of his thinking, particularly his older compositions of the LA Philharmonic... ...and the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center:
-- remind me of  this print campaign for the Berlin Philharmonic: Using macro photographs taken inside the cramped spaces of instruments, art director and photographer Bjoern Ewers makes the inner space of a violin, cello, flute, and pipe organ appear vastly habitable. Inside Instruments photography music instruments design advertising I need to walk inside as chords ring through and bounce off the light. You can see more at Behance. Inside Instruments photography music instruments design advertising