Gil Melott, founder and director of Studio 6F, runs a creative design firm focused on high-end interior design for the residential and boutique hospitality industries. The company itself has an award-winning design gallery and showroom in Chicago and represents Melott’s furniture brand Gil Melott BESPOKE. You’ll also find sought-after vintage furniture here, as well as American contemporary manufacturers and artists representing a wide variety of media. Studio 6F was recognized for its unapologetic approach to the eclectic yet harmonious integration of eras and styles. Today Gil Melott comes to us for Friday five!
1. Artist Ronald Jackson
A formidable artist with a strong command of color. The Alabama-born former military career is the child of southern landowners who led boycotts of the establishment and racial injustices. He captures the gaze and knowledge of human expression during these events.
2. Designer Dries Van Noten
The Belgian fashion designer has presented over 100 collections in his career. As the third generation tailor, he embodies the idea that learning a trade continues to be of great value. I admire his ability to understand modernity and classicism. He has a smart way of drawing inspiration from many creative fields such as film, painting, sculpture and translating them into wearable and functional art.
3. Colin Kapernick
Kapernicks Know Your Rights Camp empowers black and brown communities through education, self-empowerment, and mass mobilization. What could have been an easy path for an audience that seemed against him has turned into an advocate for education. I admire people who are convinced and act accordingly.
4. Designers Sebastian and Amanda Reant
The principles of Luteca furniture have tapped into a reservoir of mid-century Mexican design that is epiphany. The couple, along with their growing team of in-house creatives, have helped create a more universal voice for Mexican designers and makers. Their revised version of the Latin American butaque chairs in the San Miguel is already receiving great applause.
In addition, it was extremely relaxing for me to take a moment to breathe, to align my thoughts, my body and my energy positively. It has improved my ability to gain clarity during stressful times. It has helped me consistently realign my intentions in times of chaos. And most importantly, I am able to release the built-up tension of everyday life, if only for a few minutes. It doesn’t alleviate all of the craziness, but it does make it easier to deal with.