the essence of what makes us great

My recent talk at MG Fest, part of the Chicago Convergence. Getting down to the core of what makes brand experinces great, vibrant and lasting.

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soul + design

Taschen, the German publisher with stores in the US, abroad and online offers a terrific collection of highly visual books for design lovers, architecture, fashion, art, pop culture, travel enthusiasts and people that simply like good books.

Among this year’s best is Soul i-D, a collection of stirring musings on family, global . . . → Read More: soul + design

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tops

Design Within Reach, the catalogue and showroom retailer of classic designer furniture has put together a collection of smaller accessory items just in time for more frugal holiday pocketbooks. Design appreciators can pass along gifts of toys, kitchen items and table top items all selcted with the same attention to detail and quality that makes . . . → Read More: tops

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the sound of abbey road

Despite the gusts of cold economic wind blowing around us, music lovers are still seeking out new tunes and fresh, economical ways to listen to them.

Bowers & Wilkins has been making studio quality speakers in England since the 60’s and while their suburb bigger models are costly, these LM1 series speakers at about . . . → Read More: the sound of abbey road

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small indulgence

There’s something about small bowls and dishes that’s fascinating to me. Maybe it’s because of their potential to hold pungent dipping sauces, honey, red pepper flakes, salt, spicy mustard, hot sauce or ketchup .. my mother would be happy that I’m still not putting the bottle on the table. . . . → Read More: small indulgence

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what we know

About a year and half ago we had the good fortune to join members of our family on a journey to Myanmar. We were there to learn, travel, experience and ultimately visit the remote village of Yim Bya where The Shanta Foundation funded the building of a school for . . . → Read More: what we know

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quickly

Our friends at Nau have reopened their online store today. Be sure to check out the clothing and creativity.

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design meets social responsibility, nau

Nau (“welcome” in the language of the Maori of New Zealand) is a fashion forward, eco friendly apparel company with a big heart and a compelling story. Founded in 2005 by Eric Reynolds, Nau’s vision to “do well by doing good” brought us technical outdoor clothing and sportswear with enduring design reminiscent of . . . → Read More: design meets social responsibility, nau

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