2 x 4
The acorn featured on the compassion bracelet, on the bottom of the birthday remembrance candle and as a symbol of Three-Fourths of an Ounce was designed by 2 x 4. Founded in 1994 by Michael Rock, Susan Sellers and Georgianna Stout, 2×4 is a global design consultancy headquartered in New York City with satellite studios in Beijing and Madrid. The focus of their work is brand strategy for cultural and commercial clients who value the power of design.
Fredericks and Mae
Fredericks and Mae is the art/design team of Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen. The two met through a shared love for materials when they found themselves sitting in side-by-side studios in college. Since its founding in 2007, their collaborative practice has evolved to include jewelry, games, kites and more, all of which possess smart, beautiful design and a playful eye towards color and composition. The youngest designers on Three-Fourths of an Ounce’s inaugural slate, Gabe and Jolie bring an earnestness and breadth of knowledge to the subjects of remembrance and commemoration that belie their age.
Anki Spets was born in Sweden and completed her design education there before moving to New York City. Since founding area in 1990, Anki has influenced an entire industry by bringing the concept of Scandinavian design and modern lines to the bedroom. She has even been credited for coining the now ubiquitous phrase “modern bedding.” Anki worked with Three-Fourths of an Ounce on sourcing and producing our first Ubuntu Blanket and will be creating more objects for future slates.
These condolence cards as well as the re-interpreted traditional mourning stationery were designed by Alison Riley, who founded SET EDITIONS in 2004. Alison’s sophisticated yet accessible aesthetic is an invaluable asset to Three-Fourths of an Ounce and her personal experiences with loss and grieving informed the narrative and design of this collection. Currently at work on her second novel, Alison lives in Brooklyn, New York with her wife and son.
Ted Muehling has been designing jewelry and decorative objects inspired by organic forms found in nature since 1976. His jewelry is coveted and worn by fashion and design cognoscenti across the globe and his collaborations with the porcelain manufacturer Nymphenburg, glass manufacturer Lobmeyr and luxury hardware manufacturer E. R. Butler have garnered him a wide following.
Ted Muehling has been a champion of Three-Fourths of an Ounce since its inception and this project would not have launched without his unwavering support. Ted is currently at work on other objects for future slates of Three-Fourths of an Ounce products, including a cinerary urn.
The daughter of a physicist and an ardent student of the natural world, Gabriella’s professional education began when she studied sculpture at Pratt Institute and continued as an eight-year apprentice to Jeweler Ted Muehling. According to this NY Times profile:
She also sees beauty where others may not. Some of us look at mouse bones and shudder, but to Kiss, such things are “the substructure of form and movement. I’m inspired by them.” Casting mouse femurs and hip joints is no easy task — “They’re so tiny, so exquisite,” she explains — but Kiss transforms them into delicate gold and diamond chains. “It’s like honoring the life of the mouse,” she adds. “It’s a nice epilogue.” Likewise, the mushrooms that grow at the base of a dead tree might not top everyone’s list of desirables, but the bronze and silver brooches and earrings that Kiss casts from them certainly might. “We might as well celebrate our decay,” she says cheerfully.
Three-Fourths of an Ounce is honored to include two objects from Gabriella, the mourning band and the mourning pendant, in our inaugural slate.
Tamika Rivera is a Brooklyn artist/designer who is inspired by her sense of spirituality and guided by it. Never putting form before function or function before form, each of her creations is simultaneously beautiful and meaningful. Tamika is a Creator. She is a jewelery designer who creates sculptural bangles from fabric, yarn and thread; a soaper who creates organic soaps with healing powers; and a candle-maker who creates candles which–in her own heartfelt words–“bring light into the world.” Tamika is Three-Fourths of an Ounce’s resident candle pourer and for the Birthday Remembrance Candle she formulated a special wax that burns cool and clean; will last for 24 hours once lit; and is easily removed from the remaining reliquary.