Ted Galperin is a partner at Mythology as Director of Retail, where he oversees all retail and interior design projects. His notable works include Allbirds, Warby Parker, Sonos, and Away. Ted recently completed a dental office reinvention for Tend, a new start-up and roll-out concept for the attached fitness machine, The Mirror. Outside the office, he spoke on several panels including The Future of Stationary Retailing at Harvard Business School and Creating Space with the 20th Century Design Department at Christie’s. Prior to Mythology, Ted was Design Director at Partners & Spade and Designer at Rockwell Group while completing the Tribeca flagship for Shinola. Ted graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 with a BFA in Industrial Design and studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven.
Today Ted comes to Friday Five!
1. Note card holder
I designed this note card holder with a local leather craftsman near my hometown years ago, and I’ve been pretty much with myself ever since. Handcrafted from Italian calfskin, the color of the leather has darkened over time as I continue to use it every day at Mythology. I really appreciate the constant presence throughout my career and I hope that I will have this note card holder with me for the rest of my life.
2. Vintage enamel boxes
These storage boxes by Alfred Klitgaard and Bodil Eje are among the most valuable possessions I have collected over time. They were designed in Denmark in the 1960s and were originally intended as humidors. For me, however, their design means something much deeper: a harmony between art and design and the spirit of collaboration.
3. The work of Cody Tumblin
Cody Tumblin is a Chicago-based artist whose work I admire for his brilliant use of color. Somewhere between a painting by Hilma af Klimt and a quilt by Gee’s Bend, when I first saw his work, it gave me an almost synaesthetic experience, as if I could taste the colors of the painting. As the first great work of art that I bought a few years ago, I followed his career and always admired the purity of his artistic practice.
4. Artist biographies
Reading about the life stories of artists I admire helps me better understand the meaning of their work and gives context to some of the work I love most. Right now I’m reading the second volume of Jed Perl’s incredible profile of American sculptor Alexander Calder, which describes the seriousness of Calder’s playful spirit and records his growth as an artist against the great art movements of the last century, domestically and abroad.
5. The Ear Inn
The Ear Inn, which has operated continuously as a bar since 1817, is a place I’ve gone as long as I’ve lived in New York City. The good food, the fantastic service and the historic surroundings make me so grateful that I live in the city center and have the restaurant within walking distance of my house. It’s a place that teaches me that some things are timeless, like the breaking of bread, and though times may be difficult, we will be able to gather again in a place like The Ear Inn.
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