We had the good fortune of connecting with Prince and Fox Studio Studio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Prince and Fox Studio, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
As a husband/wife team we are constantly bouncing around ideas about what’s next; today, tomorrow, and ten years down the road. Honestly, that’s the beauty of working with your favorite person; you get to ask questions like “what’s next? Does that sound exciting? Should this piece be 10x bigger? Are we sure we like this?! What if we get tired of it?” and it’s rare that we disagree with each other’s response, which is a relief. We can honestly say that we really haven’t touched on the subject of the end of our career; because let’s be honest, artists never retire, right? Also it’s kind of scary, but it’s one of the reasons we selected this question as it poses a challenge for us. There’s a lot to consider for the end of a career, but ideally what sticks throughout the duration of your career is the passion and bottom line of why you started the business to begin with. For us, it’s the passion for making by ones own hands, and the sense of release when it comes to relinquishing control of matter and materials. What’s more essential in the world than letting a material be what it is? So as a precursor to what the duration of our career hopefully looks like, we think this, of course, will inform what the end holds.
Professionally speaking, we’d like to look back and see the lifetime of Prince and Fox as a catalyst for other designers. It depends how one measures success, but at the end of our career we’d like to think our process of design and making has inspired other individuals. Finding inspiration through natural circumstance is not tied to a design style; it’s merely a conceptual way of expressing creativity whether it be through furniture, architecture, lighting, sculpture, ceramics, etc. Our process is often considered environmentally conscious as well. Using local materials, and creating additional work utilizing the waste of other pieces are incredibly sustainable practices. This process, in turn, results in finding inspiration for design in the smallest, and sometimes silliest, of things.
Our physical presence would most likely result in a brick and mortar store that houses the history of our career and our work. We imagine it would be an ever-changing scene of sculptural work that hopefully inspires the up and coming and anyone who visits. We’d like to point out that we draw lots of inspiration from Ray and Charles Eames. To us they’re a power couple for sure. When discussing the work of Eames it’s hard not to point out that they built something timeless with their designs. In the end that’s what we’re trying to achieve, a timeless brand. Easy right? Sarcasm intended, haha. If 50 years down the road people are still chatting about that one thing you did, we’d say you’ve done something right. Ultimately it does come down to notoriety of work, but I can’t say fame is what we’re after. Our focus is much more driven by nourishing the soul through quality of design and craftsmanship, and if that gets us there then so be it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The body of work we design and make is inspired by Natural Circumstance. What does that mean? Well, it means that our pieces are not only aesthetically inspired by the untouched earth around us but, are processed and fabricated by the forces of nature that govern it. As furniture makers, we listen to matter and allow our work to be wild. Our work began by documenting a love story, and studying the relationship between nature and man. Both the natural world and humankind will always be balancing and taming one another. So, we listen to raw materials and nurture them into functional pieces that enchant and provide a meditative tactility for your home. In return nature forms us as humans both physically and mentally. We create matter that matters by patiently learning materials and allowing others to see what is often invisible, but essential and provide an immediate connection with nature through our sculptural furniture.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If for a week in Los Angeles / Santa Monica we would definitely start off with a bike ride down the California Incline and hit Will Rogers beach. It’s our favorite spot by far. It’s the perfect combination where mountains and ocean meat. We’d back up a bag for an all day beach day with picnicking. This would easily happen a few days.
We’ve definitely discovered lots of good spots to chow down. Just to name a few; Sugarfish, The Curious Palette, Vito’s pizza, Blueys, Sidecar Doughnuts, Fritto Misto, Cha Cha Chicken, and Mao’s Chinese Kitchen. This would certainly fill up a week.
Another chunk of time would be spent outdoors. We enjoy hikes in Temescal Canyon and Will Rogers State Park. You also can’t leave out the hike to the Hollywood Sign and the hike to Griffith Observatory.
As an extra we would visit the Venice Canals, they’re gorgeous. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We’re constantly receiving support from our family and friends so a huge thank you goes out to them for sure. Whether it’s financial advice a quick critique from our friends in the design field; they always seem to show no hesitation to help out.
Additionally, we’d like to give cheers to the city of LA and its’ design scene. We’ve had many opportunities here that assisted with our success, and they keep happening.
Prince and Fox Studio