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Meet Eric Villency
Eric Villency is an incredibly diverse, passionate, and creative soul. As Principal for the family company, Villency, Eric spends most of his days designing and manufacturing a myriad of gorgeous products. Other projects include the recent renovation of the historic Ritz Carlton Palm Beach. The interdisciplinary designer shared a few minutes with The Inside Source to discuss his recent design coups as well as his expertise recommendations from his favorite car hunts (set your eBay alerts!)
Jauretsi: As Principal of the Villency Design Group , a long standing family business, what is the one trait maintained after all these years? By that token, what fresh thinking do you strive to bring to the heritage of the brand?
Eric Villency: Being a creative design company, we are constantly evolving and working on new projects. Fresh thinking is inspired by our people, our clients and the world around us so change is constant. Our reputation and heritage is based upon… [MORE] quality and the proficiency of our work. Today we design and manufacture a dizzying range of products, from Spin bikes to hair dryers, to glass bottles, apparel, and electronics among a host of other categories. The amazing support staff we have dedicated to quality control, logistics and fabrication has allowed to explore these new creative fields and it’s gratifying that that ethic has enabled new opportunities and projects.
J: Can you put into words what is your Style Modus Operandi? Your closet in a nutshell?
EV: I learned everything about fashion from my Grandfather. He had a fantastic sense of style that was very masculine and effortless. Things I think about are quality over quantity and attention to detail always resonates with me. My mainstays tend toward classic and I try to inject some personality and individuality by mixing in some color or pairing vintage with new and high with low.
J: What are the top 3 things you believe every man should possess in his closet?
EV: A well tailored Suit (versatile enough to pair with jeans), a great pair of shoes (they are something you wear every day), and a sweater stylish enough for the office and socializing afterwards, but also practical enough to travel in — think the special service sweater from Triple Aught Design
J: What are your passions on the side? In other words, when not working, what do you spend the most time doing?
EV: I have a young son so spending time with him is a priority. Outside of chasing him around, I love being physically and creatively active. Creatively I love to fix up vintage furniture and when it’s time for some training I favor running, biking and swimming. It’s been great working on so many wellness projects lately like the Soul Cycle spin bike, fitness apparel, and the Organic Avenue glass bottle because my two passions for design and health came together.
J: iPhone or Blackberry?
EV: Iphone. But would love to work on a new design for the Blackberry (just saying….)
J: iPad or Powerbook?
EV: Both… 1/2 of my life is spent working on designs and the other half is showing them to people
J: What is your favorite app? Why?
EV: Uber… Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night are a factor any longer for scoring a ride home in NYC with this app. Easy to use and easy to love
J: Tell us how you found your ‘95 LandRover, and why you chose the model?
EV: I was looking for a vintage beach truck for awhile. It is a classic model that has brawn and style. It hasn’t been sold in the United States for some time but it still turns heads (and for me the key on these old cars is having the V8, otherwise while they may look great they can perform like a golf cart).
J: Are there any other car models you obsessively search for?
EV: I love reworking anything vintage. Great platforms to have some fun with and are the International Harvester Scout, Ford Bronco and the Dodge Power Wagon. All have serious potential and I’m hoping one will be my next project that I can get ready in time for summer.
J: What is next on your plate of projects?
EV: We are working on some exciting projects for Rockstar Energy, the CFDA, Equinox, and a few new international hotel projects.
(Photo and Text by Jauretsi)
By Sade Lythcott
The Impossible Project (previously credited as changing the plight of Polaroid) has announced their latest venture: Instant Lab.
Designed to seamlessly connect analog and digital worlds, Instant Lab transforms your digital images into the real deal, with the convenience and immediacy of a Polaroid camera. The Lab features an iPhone cradle and a specialized lens that focuses the phone’s Retina display. The base then exposes the film and, just like a Polaroid camera, produces the photo.
The Impossible crew set out to make this dream a reality by starting a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000. During their month-long quest for cash, they actually raised more than twice their goal. Thanks to a group of loyal fans and generous donors, everyone will get to benefit from Instant Lab when it hits the market in early 2013.
(Photo: Courtesy of The Impossible Project)