Seeking Studio Intern

 
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Call for Studio Intern

Based in New York City, COIL + DRIFT is an independent design studio helmed by John Sorensen-Jolink, an acclaimed modern-dancer-turned-designer. The studio creates luxurious American-made contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories that emphasize creative form, sustainability and effortless functionality. In 2016 COIL + DRIFT received the prestigious ICFF Editors' Award for Best New Designer and was named one of five honorees for the inaugural NYCxDESIGN Award for Emerging Talent. Their work has been featured in Design Milk, The New York Times, Sight Unseen, Architectural Digest, ELLE Decor, and Dwell, among other publications.

The Studio Intern reports directly to John Sorensen-Jolink and will assist in a variety of everyday studio operations such as the organization and tracking of orders, packaging, assisting installations and photoshoots, running errands, etc. In addition to everyday tasks, the position will focus on creating 3D renderings and technical drawings of production and custom designs. The intern will also work on design and layout work for print materials such as catalogs, tear sheets, postcards, and business cards as well as digital content. This internship will last for six months to one year with the possibility of promotion.

Skills:
-Advanced understanding of AutoCAD (use of SketchUp, a plus)
-Experience and skill in industrial design
-Advanced understanding of InDesign
-Experience and skill in graphic design + layout
-Proficient use of Photoshop
-Creative command for writing product copy
-Ability to work independently
-An understanding of web code, a plus but not required
-Proficient use of Excel and bookkeeping experience, a plus

This is a part-time paid internship.

Location: We have an office in Chelsea, Manhattan and a studio in Ridgewood, Queens. The intern will work at both locations depending on duties.

Coil + Drift is passionate about celebrating a diverse work environment. We consciously foster a safe workplace for people of all races, genders, religious affiliations, and backgrounds and encourage all to apply.

To apply please send a cover letter, résumé, and work samples of 3D renderings, graphic design and layout to studio@coilanddrift.com.

Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered.

CHAIR PLAY - At the Intersection of Movement and Design

 
 
 

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Please join us on December 1st when John Sorensen-Jolink, designer and owner of Coil + Drift, will give a lecture demonstration at A/D/O ruminating on how his early career in dance and choreography has driven his approach to furniture and lighting design – specifically the manipulation of natural materials into balanced silhouettes, like that of his acclaimed Soren chair.    

December 1st, 2017
7pm - 9pm
A/D/O - 29 Norman Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Free and open to the public.  Refreshments to follow.

About A/D/O:
A/D/O is a new design center located in a 23,000 square foot former warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  With programming including exhibitions, lectures, a design incubator and co-working space, a restaurant, and a design store, it is a new space for creative exchange.  Learn more

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Travelogue: Fundación de Artistas in Merida, Mexico

Occasionally when traveling you find a place so beautiful and inspiring, you just have to document it and show all the people you can.  This was the case for me when I happened upon Fundación de Artistas in Merida, Mexico during a recent trip to the Yucatan.  This non-profit foundation, opened in 2015 by the owners of Coqui Coqui, the famed local perfumer, is a center for the arts hosting exhibitions, performances, and residencies.  The foundation is housed in a stunning former colonial home in the center of Merida with large, spawling rooms used as gallery spaces all of which open up onto a beautiful central courtyard replete with a bubbling period fountain.

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At the time we visited there was a perfectly-curated and inspiring exhibition of works by artist Ulrike Arnold and photographer Victor Van Keuren (above).

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Instead of re-plastering and re-painting, the walls were all stripped and left bare, exposing extraordinary layers upon layers of brightly-colored paint, and creating a work of art all its own.  Local pianists often play for guests in the courtyard.

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Hammock by Angela Damman, woven ball sculpture by Fernando Lazcano Hernandez

Hammock by Angela Damman, woven ball sculpture by Fernando Lazcano Hernandez

The foundation also offers fresh juices, a shop space (above) filled with beautiful work by local artists and designers, and a small library.

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Braided local fiber sculpture by artist Marcela Diaz.

Braided local fiber sculpture by artist Marcela Diaz.

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The perfect place to accidentally spend the entire afternoon, as I did.  Learn more about about Fundación de Artistas here.

Of Form & Function: Video of Coil + Drift Founder John Sorensen-Jolink

This June of 2016 Mercedes-Benz made a documentary short about Coil + Drift founder John Sorensen-Jolink in partnership with NBC News.  The short is part of the #TogetherWeDream series, which profiles four LGBTQ creators, following them through their lives and documenting their unique creative processes.
 

WATCH - Of Form and Function:

The outcome is a stunning view of Sorensen-Jolink's life at the axis of design and dance, and we are excited to share it with the world.  Thank you to NBC News, Mercedes-Benz, and Blue Chalk Media for creating this beautiful video.

Half Hour Call: Coil + Drift's Podcast Debut

Coil + Drift is delighted to make our podcast debut today on Half Hour Call with Chris King.

Designer and Owner, John Sorensen-Jolink discusses being a young and judgmental 17-yr-old dancer in NYC, the college mentor who told him he mattered (#GusSolomonsJr), and his propensity to refer to Coil + Drift as 'we' long before he hired his first employee. 

Listen to Half Hour Call now on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

We're Hiring: seeking Metal Fabricator

Summary of Position:
The person hired for this position should expect to be involved in metal fabrication for Coil + Drift, a fast-growing furniture design studio based in New York City. You will be working directly with designer / owner John Sorensen-Jolink and a small team who's hard work and unique design perspective recently earned Coil + Drift the 2016 International Furniture Fair Editors' Award for Best First-Time Exhibitor.

Required Skills:
•   Proficient in TIG welding
•   Experience grinding, filing, sanding and finishing
•   Experience welding brass
•   Experience with wood-working
•   The ability to communicate effectively
•   Attention to detail
•   The ability to work independently

Responsibilities:
•   Production metal fabrication
•   Custom metal fabrication
•   Maintenance of metal working tools and equipment
•   Basic wood-working fabrication

This is a part-time paid position requiring 1-3 days per week in our Ridgewood, Queens studio. Coil + Drift loves diversity and encourages applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply. Refugees especially welcome. Please send a cover letter, resumé, and metal working portfolio to info@coilanddrift.com. Visit www.coilanddrift.com to learn more about us.

UPDATE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.  THANK YOU TO ALL WHO APPLIED.

Inspired: Spike Jonze for Kenzo Parfums

We're always looking out for extraordinary ways that design and dance come together.  This commercial for Kenzo Parfums insantly caught our eye with it's extraordinary dance (Margaret Qualley) and choreography (Ryan Heffington, who also choreographed Sia's dance-music videos) as well as beautiful design aesthetic (KK Barrett, Spike Jonze).  

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Written & Directed by: Spike Jonze
Actress: Margaret Qualley
Executive Producer: Humberto Leon & Carol Lim
Costumes: Heidi Bivens
Song: Mutant Brain (feat. Assassin) by Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums
Production Design: KK Barrett
Director of Photography: Hoyte van Hoytema
Choreographer: Ryan Heffington

Coil + Drift Receives 2016 ICFF Editors' Award for Best New Designer

Coil + Drift Receives Prestigious ICFF Editors’ Award

New York, N.Y. (May 18, 2016) ­­– Emerging design studio, Coil + Drift, has received the highly coveted and industry prestigious ICFF® Editors’ Award for Best First Time Exhibitor.  The award recognizes the young studio, helmed by dancer-turned-designer John Sorensen-Jolink, as the best and most innovative new exhibitor at ICFF 2016.  Past winners of the award include Rich Brilliant Willing (2011), Egg Collective (2012), Souda (2014), and Pepe Heykoop (2015).

The 2016 ICFF Editors’ Award winners were announced and presented by the Editor Judging Committee:

About Coil + Drift

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Coil + Drift is the design studio of John Sorensen-Jolink, an acclaimed modern-dancer-turned-designer who performed with contemporary choreographers and directors such as Robert Wilson, Lucinda Childs, and Twyla Tharp before beginning his self-taught design practice three years ago.  The studio creates luxurious American-made contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories that emphasize creative form, sustainability and effortless functionality.  Their collection is designed using the unique spacial awareness of a dancer and choreographer to create hand-crafted items that give energy to a space in a new and refreshing way.

About ICFF®

ICFF® is the premier North American global Design showcase for interior furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, kitchen and bath and fabricators, attracting more than 700 exhibitors and 33,000 attendees from around the world. The 28th annual ICFF happened May 14-17, 2016, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Visit www.icff.com for more information.

 

Coil + Drift named an Honoree for Emerging Talent, NYCxDesign Awards

Wow, thanks to Interior Design Magazine, the International Contemporary Furniture Fairand all the judges for making Coil + Drift, and specifically our Dusk series, an honoree in the Emerging Talent category for a 2016 NYCxDesign Award. We are honored!  

Winners will be announced May 14 at the ICFF Opening Night Party at MoMa.  Come see our new work at ICFF May 14 - 17, Booth 2362.

See all the honorees on InteriorDesignMag.com.

#NYCxDESIGNawards #NYCxDESIGN #icff2016 #coilanddrift2016

House Tour: Designer John Sorensen-Jolink's Brooklyn Home

A few months back photographer Elaine Musiwa reached out to me and asked if she could photograph my (at the time) new home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.  She came over and shot the space and we had a great time talking furniture and home design together.  Today Houzz published a beautifully-written and photographed house tour of my home.  Here are images from the tour, including a few that didn't make it onto Houzz.  Items are linked below each photo.  All images of by Elaine Musiwa for Houzz.

Soren Chair by Coil + Drift, Wall Hangings by Alyssa Eckert

Soren Chair by Coil + Drift, Wall Hangings by Alyssa Eckert

Dusk Coffee Table by Coil + Drift, tan Soren Chair by Coil + Drift

Dusk Coffee Table by Coil + Drift, tan Soren Chair by Coil + Drift

Atlas 90 Wall Lamp by Coil + Drift

Atlas 90 Wall Lamp by Coil + Drift

Dusk Coffee Table and Soren Chair by Coil + Drift, Vase Pillow by Amelie Mancini

Dusk Coffee Table and Soren Chair by Coil + Drift, Vase Pillow by Amelie Mancini

Brass Sugar Spoon by Coil + Drift, Ceramics by btw ceramics

Brass Sugar Spoon by Coil + Drift, Ceramics by btw ceramics

Soren Chair by Coil + Drift

Soren Chair by Coil + Drift

Painting by Francesca Brenda, Rex Sideboard (prototype) by Coil + Drift

Painting by Francesca Brenda, Rex Sideboard (prototype) by Coil + Drift

Hover Shelving Unit by Coil + Drift

Hover Shelving Unit by Coil + Drift

Brass Sugar Spoon by Coil + Drift, Ceramics by btw ceramics

Brass Sugar Spoon by Coil + Drift, Ceramics by btw ceramics

Travelogue: Indonesia

After leaving Hong Kong, the first stop on my first trip to Southeast Asia, I headed to Indonesia, a complicated and beautiful nation of over 19,000 islands.  The first stop was Jakarta, the capital, and a notoriously stressful, traffic-clogged megapolis, and my goal was to try and find its design scene, if it had one, and hopefully some architectural and design beauty inside what I'd discover to be an extraordinary and terribly frustrating city.

One of the large roundabouts in Jakarta's center.

One of the large roundabouts in Jakarta's center.

The Intiland Tower, designed by Paul Rudolph in 1986, as seen from my taxi while sitting in grid-lock traffic.

The Intiland Tower, designed by Paul Rudolph in 1986, as seen from my taxi while sitting in grid-lock traffic.

Traffic in Jakarta at a standstill next to a construction site for the new train system that will go above and below ground and will be the first mass-transit available in Jakarta, besides some busses and a regional train.

Traffic in Jakarta at a standstill next to a construction site for the new train system that will go above and below ground and will be the first mass-transit available in Jakarta, besides some busses and a regional train.

Coffee at 115 Coffee in Jakarta

Coffee at 115 Coffee in Jakarta

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The entrance to Indoestri, a space offering classes and support to Jakarta's growing maker scene.

The entrance to Indoestri, a space offering classes and support to Jakarta's growing maker scene.

Plates, cake stands, and other wares by General Object, a Jakarta-based accessories studio.

Plates, cake stands, and other wares by General Object, a Jakarta-based accessories studio.

Indoestri

Indoestri

The town square in Old Batavia, the city built by the Dutch during their colonial rule, that is now a decaying neighborhood inside sprawling Jakarta.  Families like to come to hang out and take portraits on weekends.

The town square in Old Batavia, the city built by the Dutch during their colonial rule, that is now a decaying neighborhood inside sprawling Jakarta.  Families like to come to hang out and take portraits on weekends.

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After a week exploring Jakarta, which is on Indonesia's largest and most populated island, Java, we flew to Bali, only a few hour flight, but worlds away in its architectural appearance.  The people of Indonesia practice many religions, but the Balinese practice their own form of Hinduism that is only found on Bali and in Balinese communities elsewhere in the country.  Faced with extreme tourism, the Balinese hold strong to their religious and cultural beliefs and lead beautiful and fascinating lives.  Our first stop was the lively town of Seminyak, filled with shops and great beaches, but also with tourists.  We quickly rented moto-bikes so we could get around and out of town.  This proved to be the best decision of the trip and allowed us to find places we never would have seen in a car or on foot.  Our second stop was Ubud, a mountain village known as the cultural center of Bali.  There too we took our moto-bikes and found that outside the touristic town the real beauty of Bali was waiting to greet us.

Inside Delu Villas where we stayed in Seminyak, Bali

Inside Delu Villas where we stayed in Seminyak, Bali

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Chic cafés abound in Seminyak.

Chic cafés abound in Seminyak.

The open-air market next door to Delu Villa.

The open-air market next door to Delu Villa.

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One of the many temples we visited.

One of the many temples we visited.

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Tanah Lot is a temple located on rocks in the ocean and is one of the most spectacular temples in Bali.

Tanah Lot is a temple located on rocks in the ocean and is one of the most spectacular temples in Bali.

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Head 20 minutes outside of any town on your moto-bike and you'll find farm fields like these.  This one was planted with watermelons.

Head 20 minutes outside of any town on your moto-bike and you'll find farm fields like these.  This one was planted with watermelons.

This is a rice paddy.

This is a rice paddy.

While in Ubud we stayed at Bambu Hinda, an eco-resort made of bamboo structures and old Javanese bridal huts.  The entire resort has views of rice paddies and serves some of the best food in Bali.

While in Ubud we stayed at Bambu Hinda, an eco-resort made of bamboo structures and old Javanese bridal huts.  The entire resort has views of rice paddies and serves some of the best food in Bali.

The terrace on the bridal hut, where we stayed.

The terrace on the bridal hut, where we stayed.

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We also visited The Green Village, a community of houses made entirely of bamboo.

We also visited The Green Village, a community of houses made entirely of bamboo.

One of the many traditional Balinese dance performances offered in Ubud.  All are recommended.

One of the many traditional Balinese dance performances offered in Ubud.  All are recommended.

This is PT Bamboo, the factory that makes bamboo houses and furniture that ship all over the world.

This is PT Bamboo, the factory that makes bamboo houses and furniture that ship all over the world.

We visited The Green School, a school entirely off the grid, that creates the green leaders of the future.

We visited The Green School, a school entirely off the grid, that creates the green leaders of the future.

Another house in The Green Village

Another house in The Green Village

On the final day of our trip we came upon this shop in Ubud offering traditional antiques and wares from the island of Timor in the South of the country.  We had to buy an additional suitcase to bring our purchases home!

On the final day of our trip we came upon this shop in Ubud offering traditional antiques and wares from the island of Timor in the South of the country.  We had to buy an additional suitcase to bring our purchases home!

This temple has a natural spring inside it.  Around the outside are spouts that let the water, which is considered holy and very cleansing, flow into separate pools.  In these pools people line up submerged themselves under each spouts literally be glanced by the water and by the Gods.

This temple has a natural spring inside it.  Around the outside are spouts that let the water, which is considered holy and very cleansing, flow into separate pools.  In these pools people line up submerged themselves under each spouts literally be glanced by the water and by the Gods.

Blackbody CO-OP Extended

We are excited to announce that Blackbody CO-OP has been extended and our collection, along with beautiful works by other up-and-coming designers will be on view at the Blackbody Showroom at 25 Greene Street in Soho for six months.  Please stop by, have a look, and the let us know what you think!