60 page hardcover | 13 x 10 | $55 (includes shipping)
Blake Britton is an artist, sculptor and industrial designer with a remarkable body of work. This retrospective volume about the Portland, Oregon based artist spans his curious animal sculptures, singular furniture, and compelling mixed media pieces. What unites these diverse works is Britton’s majestic command of his materials—steel, wood, bronze and rubber— and the artist’s search for balance, purity and serenity.
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Our focus on restaurants is no accident. We know them inside and out. We understand their unique environment at an incredibly detailed level. Restaurant design is as much about flow and functionality as it is about aesthetics. How do we know this? Because We’re Restaurateurs, Designers and Craftsmen Ourselves.
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Our Philosophy: Design + Food + Function
At Thousand Design, we are artists, designers, restaurateurs, foodies, friends and family. We are as multidisciplinary in our roles as we are in our work. Combining our backgrounds in design culture and restaurant culture allow us to find that crucial balance between form and function, creating memorable environments that enrich our communities.
Aric Mei’s involvement in the restaurant industry began nearly 20 years ago when his family opened Nello’s Ahwatukee in 1996. His experience and detailed understanding of the industry led him to open The Parlor Pizzeria, a rustic Italian eatery that he designed and built with Blake Britton and Pathangay Architects. Since its opening in 2009, The Parlor’s success has earned numerous accolades, including The Food Network’s award for best pizza in Arizona and Aric’s inclusion in The Arizona Republic’s “35 under 35” Entrepreneurs. While industry experience is a large part of the restaurant’s success, Aric’s love of designing and building objects also plays a prominent role; one that can be seen throughout the hand-crafted interiors The Parlor is known for today.
During his time as an undergraduate at Arizona State University, he began working under a guitar builder, learning the fundamentals of true craftsmanship and fine woodworking. Over the next two decades, including time spent in LA’s film industry, he took his desire to create beautiful and functional pieces and applied it to furniture making, residential interiors, object design and his true passion, restaurant design. Vast experience in all of these areas have led him to a deep understanding of the dynamic restaurant environment. He is dedicated to building community through the combination of food and design cultures, and finding the perfect balance between thoughtful design and functional workspace.
Blake Britton’s love of fabricating and his appreciation of process came early. A childhood interest in how things were made and a father who emphasized the importance of fine craftsmanship in both artistic and functional objects fueled his early development in creativity. As a child, he was often found drawing or disassembling things to find out how they were constructed. While he graduated with a degree in physical anthropology from Arizona State University (ASU), it was a mentor he met while taking woodworking courses that ultimately helped him realize he should pursue what made him happiest – art and design.
Returning to ASU as a post-graduate, Blake dedicated the next two years to building a graduate school portfolio and working as a welder in one of the largest fine art foundries in the Southwest, Bollinger atelier (formerly Arizona Bronze). He also apprenticed as a fabricator and blacksmith at Manfred Design specializing in architectural ironwork, and in 2003 moved to Los Angeles to do art department work in the film industry. In 2004 he began graduate school at California State University, Chico, a program he credits for allowing him to shape his experience and explore his capabilities. He was an instructor of introductory sculpture and design courses and earned several scholarships and awards, including the Francis William Rawle Scholarship in metals and the Department of Art and Art History’s Graduate Student of the Year. He graduated in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts with Distinction in Sculpture.
Today, in addition to Thousand Design, Blake is owner of Birdeye Design, and works freelance as an art director, prop maker, fabricator, and set designer for motion and still photography. Clients include Nike, Target, Intel, Puma, Miller, Coca Cola, and Kraft among others. His artwork and sculpture have been featured in several exhibitions in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. Motivated by his never ending passion for knowledge and creativity, he is happiest turning pencils, wood, and steel into dust in the pursuit of function and form.
Scott Havice is the Owner and Creative Director of Havice Design, a full service Design and Marketing studio specializing in Brand & Identity Development for Print and Digital Media. Both Havice Design and Scott’s former design studio, Sugar Creative, have received numerous local, regional and national awards and recognition. His work has also been featured in national design annuals and industry publications. Scott’s expertise and experience lie in creating bold and memorable brands that ease and improve the relationships between client and customer, giving companies distinct personalities with which their public can develop a strong and lasting relationship. Combining these efforts with thoroughly planned communication systems allow all the moving parts to work seamlessly together and capitalize off of each other to create the most significant impact for the client.
Scott’s restaurant, food and wine clients include Fork & Dagger Restaurant Concepts, LaBocca North, Canteen Modern Tequila Bar, The Handlebar Tempe, Modern Margarita, The Parlor, Tarbell’s, Sorso Wine Room, the Kindred project, Revelation Wines, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Iniquus Cellars, Prescott Winery, Page Springs Cellars, Burning Tree Cellars, D.A. Ranch, the Verde Valley Wine Consortium, and Cellar Door Unhinged. Additional clients include Century21.com, Mayo Clinic, Banner Health System, KCRW in Santa Monica, Blood Into Wine, Ecotality’s Blink Car Charging Systems, The Arizona Lottery, the ASU Biodesign Institute, KJZZ & KBAQ, The Phoenix Art Museum, Make-a-Wish and many, many more that are sure to make you swoon.