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1. “[I] needed to live life in order to have substance and authenticity behind the design” – Tommy Zung

 

 

2. “It doesn’t take a lot of people to create something amazing. It can take one or four people who are really driven and like minded to create something that has amazing meaning and value to millions of people in the world.” – Ji Lee

2. “It doesn’t take a lot of people to create something amazing. It can take one or four people who are really driven and like minded to create something that has amazing meaning and value to millions of people in the world.” – Ji Lee

3. “Ideas come more freely when I’m in open air. Designing has less limitations without the constrictions and distractions of the city.” – Lynne Hiriak photo by Trevor Smith

3. “Ideas come more freely when I’m in open air. Designing has less limitations without the constrictions and distractions of the city.” – Lynne Hiriak

photo by Trevor Smith

 

 

4. “I think at this point with the world being flat, or smaller, or however you want to say it, there’s not seven degrees of separation any more. There’s two, there’s three. There’s more connectedness within the world. There’s a knowledge of what’s happening.” – Tommy Zung

4. “I think at this point with the world being flat, or smaller, or however you want to say it, there’s not seven degrees of separation any more. There’s two, there’s three. There’s more connectedness within the world. There’s a knowledge of what’s happening.” – Tommy Zung

 

5.  "... the main producer is usually involved in a project from inception to release, and the job involves overseeing all aspects of the process. You could compare it to putting a jigsaw puzzle together." – Richard Brown

5.  “… the main producer is usually involved in a project from inception to release, and the job involves overseeing all aspects of the process. You could compare it to putting a jigsaw puzzle together.” – Richard Brown

Ji Lee

Ji Lee

As a creative strategist at Facebook, Ji Lee operates at the cross-section between creativity and technology, creating art that reflects both worlds. After a long career in the ad world, where he worked as creative director for agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi and Droga5, Ji moved into the tech sector in 2008, working as a creative director at Google before moving into his current role at Facebook at 2011. With a fondness for personal projects – many of which have a strong presence on the internet – Ji’s work takes on many modern cultural tableaux with a strong element of humor and a focus on collaboration and participation from his audience.

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Tommy Zung

Tommy Zung

Most may think architecture was simply in Tommy Zung’s blood. It’s a fair assumption, particularly with architects like Thomas T.K. Zung for a father, and Buckminster Fuller for a godfather. Fuller (or Bucky as Zung calls him), is widely considered to be the father of the geodesic dome – having popularized the structure’s use – and is one of the most influential neo-futurist architects of all time, was a major figure in Zung’s childhood. His father, a student of Fuller’s, had made a name for himself at Edward Durell Stone, where, among other major projects, he helped design the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the New Orleans International Trade Mart, and United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, before merging his own practice with Fuller’s to form Buckminster Fuller, Sadao, and Zung.

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Richard Brown on the set of True Detective

Richard Brown on the set of True Detective

As executive producer on HBO’s Emmy nominated “True Detective,” Richard Brown has had an exciting year. Born in Scotland, Brown began his career in the music industry working as a talent scout for Island Records and Geffen Records, before moving into the film world in the mid-90s, transitioning into the role of producer. He’s since gone on to produce films in America and the UK, and create and produce “The Directors Label,” a hugely popular DVD series exploring the work of influential directors like Michael Gondry, Jonathan Glazer and Spike Jonze. Though he’s currently in pre-production for the highly anticipated second season of “True Detective,” Brown recently emailed LASTBLOG from his Soho apartment in New York City, to talk about the runaway success of “True Detective,” the ways in which his role as producer allows him to collaborate with directors, and several of the exciting new projects he has in the pipeline.

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Lynne Hiriak in her favorite mens sweatshirt

Lynne Hiriak in her favorite mens sweatshirt

Lynne Hiriak owns more sweaters than anyone you know. Being forced to wear sweaters almost every day during her formative years, it’s no surprise her personal collection currently hovers around 200. Throughout her professional career, Hiriak has become something of an expert on the garment, honing her specialty during her time as a knitwear director at Michael Kors, and sharing that knowledge as a consultant to labels like Derek Lam and Ralph Rucci. Outside of her consulting work, Hiriak runs Cardigan New York, her own boutique label specializing in knitwear and ready to wear pieces. A long time resident of New York City, she recently spoke with LASTBLOG about her love of sweaters, her experiences collaborating with major fashion labels and her evolving relationship with the city she calls home.

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Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe, photo by Blossom Berkofsky

1. “The ideas are never too big, the budgets are too small.”
Justin Lowe

photo by Blossom Berkofsky

 

Laura Albert, Photo by  Laura Chivet

2. “Art is the opportunity to change the way you think, which means you can never be fooled…”
Laura Albert

photo by Laura Chivet

 

Diane Pernet at ASVOFF6 Tokyo

3. “I champion creativity. That is what interests me most.”
Diane Pernet

 

 

Black Acid co op - 2009

4. “We want it to have the quality of the uncanny. You know it but it’s different – like traveling through a foreign country might be.”
Jonah Freeman

 

 

Sebastien Leon, photo by Thomas Derain

5. “Most of the time I feel as if I donʼt control my work as much as I channel it, so I welcome accidents, limitations and explorations.”
- Sebastien Leon

photo by Thomas Derain

 

Laura Albert, photo by Danny Nicoletta

Laura Albert, photo by Danny Nicoletta

Laura Albert is the author of three extremely popular novels – Sarah, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and Harold’s End – published under the name JT LeRoy. JT was Albert’s avatar, freeing her to craft a new voice in fiction, until 2006, when The New York Times revealed her to be the actual writer of the books. Albert had ingeniously hacked the literary establishment, and today enthusiasm for her writing – as JT and under her own name – continues to grow internationally. Jeffrey Deitch’s characterization of the JT LeRoy saga as “one of the most interesting contributions to art and literature of the past 20 years” is supported by such recent activities as Albert’s speaking engagement at The Moth and the hit Brazilian musical “JT, A Punk Fairy Tale.” Proclaimed “the indie fashion fighter” by the SF Chronicle, she has attended literary events and judged at film festivals worldwide, including Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View On Fashion Film. Laura Albert responded to LASTBLOG’s questions, emailing from San Francisco about her experience writing as JT LeRoy, some of her upcoming projects, and how her creative process has changed since she began publishing work under her own name.

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Howard Collinge

Though much of his career has been spent creating international advertising campaigns for brands like Levi’s, Audi and MTV, so much of Howard Collinge’s work falls well outside the world of advertising. He’s a partner in Architecture, Branding and Design firm, a founder of a publication and e-commerce platform that explores the style and ideas of the most interesting and “unique” people in history, and started his own fashion label inspired by the care and love of grandmothers.  He’s also created an award-winning branded entertainment series for Snoop Dogg, and written and published “Beautiful Economics – How Art, Design, Beauty and Unicorns Will Save the Universe”, which launched alongside a re-imagined version of the NASDAQ stock ticker. Collinge once placed stuffed fake birds in trees around New York City, delivering twitter posts to passers-by. Collinge has spent his professional life navigating the intersection between creativity and commerce, and though he’s constantly juggling a handful of different projects, he recently emailed us from his studio at Neuehouse, a shared workspace for entrepreneurs and creative professionals to discuss his theories on economics, some of his recent projects, and his “Unique Creatures” platform.

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Sebastien Leon, photo by Thomas Derain

Sebastien Leon, photo by Thomas Derain

Sebastien Leon transforms spaces with sculpture and sound. Creating installations that can take up entire rooms, Leon frequently uses sound not only to enhance his art, but to help him realize each piece’s goals. As much a musician as a visual artist, his work shows that visual and audio perception are essentially inseparable, just as they are in the natural world. A frequent collaborator with other artists and musicians from around the world, he holds a unique perspective about how contemporary art exists across cultures. He recently spoke to us over email from his studio in Tribeca, NYC, to discuss some of his recent pieces, his interest in the increasing cross-disciplinary projects, and how he embraces the unexpected when creating something new.

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Massimiliano Locatelli © CLS Architetti

Massimiliano Locatelli © CLS Architetti

Massimiliano Locatelli works to turn dreams into reality. Most of his early life was spent working towards a career in architecture, and by his mid 20’s he had already earned a PHD in Interiors and founded his own firm, CLS Architetti. Working between New York and Milan, he’s designed homes, stores, and entire buildings in cities like Paris, London, Moscow, Saigon, and many others. Mixing the natural with the fantastic, he has created spaces that wouldn’t appear in most architects’ wildest imaginations, even going as far as to design an entire store that appears to be upside down for Viktor & Rolf. He recently spoke with us over email about some of his projects, the techniques and themes he’s excited to explore in the future, and his lifelong love of architecture.

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