Russell Greenberg founded RUX in 2008 with the intention of creating a space for innovative thinking, where, as he puts it, "lightning strikes twice daily." In practice it means the firm's portfolio encompasses everything from architecture and product design to brand identity and technology. Stickbulb, a line of lighting, launched last year, and there's also Cameo, a jewelry collection, not to mention a luxury vending machine concept. We're delighted to bring you a conversation with Russell, as part of our on-going q-and-a series with architects and designers. Here, he touches on the beauty of fragments—and a complicated relationship with caffeine. You can also see more of his work in our Summer issue, arriving soon.
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If you think about it, renting a car is one of the least-surprising parts of travel. You wait in line, hand over your credit card, get your keys and are on your way. No matter where you happen to be—Dallas, Los Angeles, New York—the process is pretty much the same. Enter Silvercar, a new concept in the car rental game with a design identity to match its innovative approach. You see, every car the company rents is silver (at the moment only 2013 Audi A4s) and every step of the process can be done via smartphone, from reservation to pick-up.
Classic yet fresh. Contemporary yet warm. For some 30 years, the design firm of Yabu Pushelberg has been creating outstanding interiors for everything from hotels to retail spaces and beyond. Furnishings, too, have their role in the Yabu Pushelberg portfolio—capturing the same effortless feel that their interiors do. Most recently, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg teamed again with the Toronto-based Avenue Road to introduce seven new designs, inspired by locations around the world.
Yesterday we profiled Herb Nadel, the founder, and until just a month or so ago, the sole owner of Nadel Architects. He discussed the genesis of the firm’s ownership transition. Today, we speak to two of his new partners, Patrick Winters and Greg Lyon about the firm’s future. From the sounds of it, it couldn’t be brighter.
For the new partners at Nadel Architects, the timing of their ownership transition couldn’t have come at a better time. “Future generations will look back and see a paradigm shift,” says Patrick Winters, one of the freshly minted owners of Nadel Architects. “In Los Angeles, we’ve moved from postwar suburban sprawl to urban densification. There’s residential mixed with retail, high rise residential, live/work housing.”
You’ve grown your business from scratch, seen success, but what now? For solo practitioners, it’s a nagging question. Whether or not you’re close to retirement, what happens to your firm? Does it disappear? How does it carry on without you? Today we begin explore ownership transitions and one firm’s experience. We start with a conversation with its founder; the second part will focus on the new team in place and their plans for the firm’s next chapter.
Nadel Architects’ creation story starts out as so many often do: A talented young person starts a company out of a house. In this case, the year is 1973, and the house is just outside Los Angeles. Through hard work, patience and skill, the founder, Herb Nadel, expands the business, transforming it into a highly regarded practice with a robust portfolio of local and international projects—everything from stadiums in China to hotels in Los Angeles and Chicago.