Observations & Outtakes: Copenhagen with Lojel

This season, we escaped with Lojel to Copenhagen, Denmark for their FW18 lookbook. After exploring the bustling streets of Morocco in the past lookbook, we wanted to capture ‘hygge’, the Danish term for moments of gratitude and appreciation for the present time and place. We were inspired by the steady pacing and rhythm of breathing and the deep inhale of relief and excitement upon arriving to a final destination.

With the help of our wonderful and talented team, we strived to capture the Danish way of life. These are just a few photos and outtakes from the trip.

From the cobblestone streets to the spanning architecture and landscapes—Copenhagen is an incredibly inspiring place…. Read more

Redesigning Cereal Magazine

During a trip to Japan in the summer of 2015, we had the unique opportunity of meeting Rosa Park and Rich Stapleton of Cereal Magazine, who coincidentally were traveling in Japan at the same time. We had always admired their work — refined and minimal, their taste was undeniable. We met at the Aman hotel lounge, and upon entering the hotel, we were in awe of the otherworldly space. Rich and Rosa were approachable and down to earth and meeting them that day left a lasting impression on us.

Since then, we have been fortunate enough to work with Cereal on several projects such as ‘These Islands’; redesigning their website; and the last few Read more

Moments in Kyoto

Within Kyoto alone, there are more than 2000 temples and shrines—but it is not a city of just historical monuments. Beyond the temple walls are several hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. Being my second visit to this historic city, I was fortunate enough to be guided by my friends, Noda Kumi and Daisuke Rakuda, for a local look into the creative culture and local craftwork that a visitor, like myself, would have easily missed

After departing from Nagoya at 11 in the morning, we arrived at Kyoto station just 35 minutes after by Shinkansen (for tourists, look up the JR Pass). From there, we transferred to a local subway… Read more

Sort Store

At its core, the act of designing is to bring clarity or structure to a matter; to understand and rearrange—to “sort” through and conceptualize a subject in a new light which we can then share and use within our community. The act of sorting is what helps us connect design to daily life.

Design often begins as a thought that translates into action, its outcome sometimes in the form of an object. However, the real value of design does not end there, but rather, begins its ultimate purpose; altering and enriching each moment of our day.

Everyday objects often go unnoticed as their beauty is determined by the way they seamlessly fit and shape our daily activities. Yet, once in a while, they catch our attention and change… Read more

Next Steps

Its been awhile since we’ve shared through our journal. This year has swiftly passed by already and we find ourselves in the midst of June. As some might already be aware through our social media, we have been hard at work to open our retail store “SORT”.

In 2015, we took a trip to Japan after coming up to our third year as a studio. It was a time to step back and reimagine, refocus and dream of our next goals. During those particular few days, Alvin and I spent the late afternoon sitting out on the patio of the Blue Bottle Coffee in Aoyama and as a soft breeze bristled through the trees, we discussed any and every idea possible. We reflected on the goals we had… Read more

Conversations: Sean Hotchkiss

In 2014, through working on Faculty Department, we were introduced to New York based writer and editor, Sean Hotchkiss. The following year, we had the chance to work with him on his own online portfolio.

Sean has a way with words that is hard to describe. As we read his writing, there is an instant familiarity and connection that is found in his voice—all of this exemplified even in his answers below.


1. When did you begin to really see writing as your profession? Was there another profession you were considering?

That’s a good question. I don’t really know. Sometimes I still forget that people pay me to write. I’m trying to remember the first time someone paid me to write something. I guess it would have been… Read more

Sound: SFM 05

Songs for the holidays.

  1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas — George Tidwell
  2. Do You Hear What I Hear — The O’Neill Brothers
  3. Angels We Have Heard on High — The O’Neill Brothers
  4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! — Denis Solee
  5. O Tannenbaum — Vince Guaraldi Trio
  6. White Christmas — Jack Jezzro
  7. My Little Drum — Vince Guaraldi Trio
  8. Here Comes Santa Claus — Jack Jezzro
  9. Up On The Housetop — Denis Solee
  10. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year — The O’Neill Brothers
  11. Home For The Holidays — Jack Jezzro
  12. The First Noel — The O’Neill Brothers
  13. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear — Jack Jezzro


Inspiration: Carmen Herrera

October in Vancouver is generally the time of year when the city catches the cold and the entire bus coughs in unison. Naturally, I became sick and found myself stuck in bed watching The 100 Years Show—a documentary uncovering an abstract painter that has been overlooked for countless years until now: Carmen Herrera.

I took Art History in my undergrad and I did my best to know the names of artists and their work but ultimately, its a different world to immerse myself into. Ellsworth Kelly, Lucio Fontana and Bruno Munari we’re names I only recently discovered and whose work I’ve come to love.

Watching The 100 Years Show certainly brought me into Herrera’s world and the most incredible part was that she had always been present during… Read more