When 2 designers get married, you really DO get the best looking invitations EVER! Laura (of OhHi Shop) and her fiancé Ned are having a private wedding ceremony for close family only one night, and the next night having a reception for friends and family, so they needed 2 separate invitations. I love that each are similar enough in look but different enough in color to be special in their own right…totally beautiful! See the whole suite here. Congrats you two!
Name: Meredith Kurosko
Location: New York City! Our location is quite unique, and we think it adds a fun little note to the world of Regas! We’re located on the sunny second ﬂoor of a Greek Orthodox Church in west Midtown. Our vintage letterpress machines and paper samples spent months begging for open space as our business grew – and we were lucky enough to ﬁnd it in this quirky space.
Company: Regas New York
What do you do? We create stationery and invitations! At any given time you can ﬁnd a Regas designer hard at work on our wedding collection, or on a custom piece for a special event. Our letterpress is in-house – so all printing happens inside our studio.
What is your aesthetic? Bold, bright, and colorful.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We like to think of our studio as an equation: calm background plus amazing accents equaling a sense of the Regas brand! We chose a calm grey for our walls, but then painted our ﬁreplace a shock of yellow. Other colorful bits and pieces are scattered throughout. The space feels timeless in its use of a neutral underlying shade but distinct in its ability to spark creativity and energy.
Favorite part of your studio? Hands down? The comradery and creative spirit shared by our team. There isn’t a day that goes by without a challenging design dilemma – and yet our natural approach is always laughter rather than dismay. And we’re very much a working studio – someone always has dirty hands from the printing!
I also feel incredibly fortunate to have the luxury of space to spread out when tackling a project. We all know that’s a rare thing in NYC, but our large footprint allows us to really play with any medium that strikes the team’s fancy. We’ve spray painted linens, screen printed table runners, redone furniture, and spackled walls, all from within our studio. The space really allows us to go in any direction.
Where do you go for inspiration? I don’t have one go-to place, but do ﬁnd myself excited by a few things over and over again. Clients are inspiring to me. They have wonderful stories and are planning thoughtful events. Their energy is contagious!
I also ﬁnd the wedding community a real source of inspiration. It’s so incredibly full of talented entrepreneurs. The friends I’ve made since starting Regas keep my mind going.
Finally, on a more tangible front – the walk home from the train to my apartment in Brooklyn affords endless eye-candy. I’m always caught anew by the architecture of the neighborhood and ﬁnding hidden patterns that I want to capture on paper.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Four words, two items: pantone book and printing ruler. Need those colors and perfect measurements!
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? In case a little elf is reading this… a new paper cutter, central a/c in our studio, and a heidlberg letterpress
Anything else we should know? Our team is knit together like no other. Regas designers Allison and Caitlin and I work together ﬁve (sometimes seven!) days a week – and yet we often linger well past hours to just get in more quality time. Allison is my younger sister, and she lives with me, so we’re basically attached at the hip!
[images from Jamie Hankin and Regas NY]
Such pretty hand painted save the dates and invitations by Spencer Studio.
[images from Kate Danson] via SeeSaw Designs
Name: Annemarie Buckley
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Company: Scout’s Honor Co.
What do you do? Stationery, hand type, illustration, custom design
What is your aesthetic? Fresh take on classic Americana. I love vintage as much as I love modern…trying everyday to make the two get along.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I love surrounding myself with things that inspire me and objects that I use on a daily basis. I find that tucking things away means I never see them again. Everything is visible and fodder for new ideas: vintage American flags, pens & pencils, rulers, scarves, jewelry, paper samples, sailing flags, books, vintage pennants (starting a lil collection of those), paints & brushes, stencils, stamps, magazines (every issue of Domino, RIP), pottery, wood crates, postcards, art. Etc. Etc. Etc! Actually looking for a place to put Etc. right now…
I like the background for all of this visual overload to be simple. Most walls are white with the exception of the studio “turret” which I painted charcoal gray. I love white trim & pops of color against a dark, dramatic background. Studio furniture is simple & utilitarian: saw horses for table legs, unfinished or chalkboard-painted wood for table tops, plywood cubes as storage.
Favorite part of your studio? Hands down the five windows in the turret…not only do they keep me connected to the outdoors all day but they provide the best (and cheapest) photo shoot lighting a girl can ask for. My studio is on the 3rd floor of an old house, so the height gives me a slight view of the lake and makes me feel like I’m in a treehouse!
Where do you go for inspiration? Vermont in general is super inspiring: the mountains, the lakes, the small towns, the artists, the antique stores…the list goes on. Traveling out of Vermont and getting fresh perspective is important (and fun) as well. On top of that, I am constantly inspired by magazines, newspapers, interiors, fashion, hardware stores, school supplies, signage, warehouses, army/navy shops, restaurants…pretty much anywhere that has something classic/industrial/functional to offer. I have even spent an afternoon in a plumbing supply shop…I know.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Pens, paper, scanner. I wouldn’t know where to begin without ‘em. Equally as crucial: iced tea and dark chocolate.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I am grateful for what I have but in America, bigger is better, right? I am speaking only in terms of monitors. 27 inch iMac, you will be mine one day (shakin’ that piggy bank as I type this).
Anything else we should know? I wrote my senior thesis in college on paper. Let’s just say this obsession has been around for awhile…
[images from Scout's Honor Co.]
Such adorable and modern wedding invitations from Fig. 2 Design Studio…I’m calling it now…fluorescent is going to be huge!
[images by me]