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Spring Provocateurs: Allison Arieff

Posted by Josie | April 26th, 2011 | Filed under Design, Positive Change

A year ago we decided to feature Portraits of people who inspire us— foodies, artists, designers and people who go about their work in a provocative way. We hired the talented filmmaker, Jordan Kinley, to help us bring these Portraits to life (although, I can’t say the same for the pig).

Of course, finding people who inspire us is not difficult; we’re surrounded by them and follow their work every day. Our challenge, at Nau, is to be able to capture the very essence of what makes these visionaries so extraordinary, and bring it to you in a three-minute vignette.

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This Spring, we decided to take the Provocateur series a bit deeper by asking the hard questions and listening to what they had to say. The result? Three people and three unique perspectives that might change the way you view things…It did for us.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll launch three Portraits: Allison Arieff, NY Times blogger; Drummond Lawson, the Green Giant at Method; and Sean Carasso, founder of Falling Whistles.

To kick off the series, here’s a little bit about Allison Arieff, our first Spring Portrait:

Allison Arieff – Writer, Visionary + Food Advocate

allison_blog_image_2Allison is one of the original founders of Dwell magazine, a blogger for the New York Times, a food advocate, and an impressive gardener and mom.  She welcomed us into her home for the Portrait shoot last month on what was possibly the rainiest day in San Francisco’s history.

Over the course of several hours, we learned what has inspired her over the years and how her outlook on design and positive change has evolved throughout her career.  Her perspective on design and what the design community needs in order to evolve both enlightened and surprised us.

Her Portrait takes place in her sunroom which is currently being renovated.  Surrounded by stormy weather and a raw interior, she brings light to what could be considered a harsh environment, a perfect metaphor for how we view Allison’s role in the changing world of sustainable design.

Learn more about Allison’s view on design here. And, to see more jewelry like the necklace she’s wearing in her Portrait, visit kirstenmuenster.com.

3 Responses to “Spring Provocateurs: Allison Arieff”

  • April 26, 2011 at 11:25 am | stfn says

    Is that a kozyndan panorama in the background 2:00 into the video? neat!

  • April 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Josie (via Allison) says

    Yes! Allison loves that you spotted it. She said she bought it in Hawaii several years ago. For those of you like me who don’t know who Kozyndan is, check it out: http://www.kozyndan.com/blog

  • April 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm | stfn says

    cool! i love kozyndan. i think puma’s done a colab with them once. on the topic of collaborations; are you guys planning on any in the future(i guess you just did one with the water bottle)? i think colabs are great.

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