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Duration: Four years.

Staff: Just the two of us, Katie Kirk and Nathan Strandberg. Our chocolate lab, Eli, acts as office mascot and emotional support.

Education: We both attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, School of Design, Housing and Apparel. It's where we met.

Culture influences: (Hers) the Midwest, Charles and Ray Eames, Andy Warhol, Toulouse-Lautrec, FFFFOUND!, Print & Pattern, Design*Sponge, The Beatles, Michel Gondry, Björk, Disney, Matthew Barney, the Minneapolis design scene, ’60s Counterculture, Diane Arbus, Charley Harper, Alexander Girard, Wayne Thiebaud, Thomas Paul and Apple; (His) snowboarding, skateboarding, American subcultures, truck stops, urban signage, The Walker Art Center, architectural photography, winter, the Midwest, Minneapolis, the West Coast, the Internet, Intransient.com, Spike Jonze, bicycles, Volcom, Ben Sherman and Dancehall/Reggae.

Environment: Our studio—a loft located in the Minneapolis Warehouse District—looks and feels more like a home than an office.

Philosophy: We love what we do; it’s who we are. As a husband and wife team working side-by-side, we aspire for the designed life(style), a place where work, life and inspiration are all equal and integrated organically.

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