Over the last few weeks Parachute Market Creative Director Coryander Friend visited several creative studios in and around Los Angeles, to discuss passions, inspirations, and other sometimes light-hearted topics. Each of the artists highlighted will be showcased at the upcoming Parachute Market design fair, taking place March 22 and 23, at 405 Mateo St, in DTLA. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit http://parachutemarket.com.
Doug is a really mellow guy. He’s talented, humble, and just so happens to be making the furniture for some 40 Proenza Schouler stores slated to open across the globe in the near future. (His brother is Jack McCoullough, 1/2 of the renowned fashion design team). All handmade in his shop, Doug’s furniture is produced in assembly line fashion, in a pretty butch, un-designer shop (see make shift milk crate storage), where he turns out minimalist, elegant furniture that reads part Danish, part Judd, and part Doug. His use of linoleum as a surface material feels totally modern and current, and while his designs are skilled and the work of a serious man….also playful.
C: If you could only use one tool for the rest of your life, what would it be?
D: Life tool? iPhone! Shop tool? Router!
C: What is the weirdest place you seek inspiration from and where do you go to get inspired?
D: I’m a sucker for American institutional interiors from the 70s and 80s like post offices, public schools and police stations. Watching The Wire is a great way to research this. Cartoons in general also contain a lot of great furniture and architecture references.
C: Do you have a mentor? What drew you to that person?
D: I don’t have a mentor, but if Borge Mogensen were alive I’d probably annoy him until he took me on as an apprentice.
C: What’s the least designed part of your life?
D: My car! I’m sure a lot of people will say that.
C: What’s the most embarrassing object you would like to design?
D: I wouldn’t say I find it embarrassing, but my friend Cynthia and I talk about making an intensely crafted box containing an abstract phallic object. Luxurious materials, fine finishes, dozens of man hours.
C: What’s your favorite word?
D: I like “place” as a verb.
C: If you could only eat one thing for breakfast for the rest of the year, what would it be?
D: Greek yogurt with honey, toast and butter, coffee.
C: What is needed most that you feel is missing in design today?
D: Less planned obsolescence.
C: What is the most uplifting part of being a designer?
D: Stumbling upon a good idea is a rare treat.
C: Who do you admire in your field?
D: I really admire Tyler Hayes of BDDW. As a designer he has an incredible knack for processing a various influences into his own language, which is so round. He embraces all kinds of materials and processes and keeps it all under one roof which is very unusual. I’ll never work at that scale, but I try to learn from his company and apply it to my own tiny operation.