Tell us about the power of a well-crafted piece as it relates to the home and lifestyle.
M: Furniture is the platform on which humans experience their surroundings. When you’re next to a well-crafted piece, you can feel an innate biological connection to it; so, when we market a piece of furniture, we are selling that experience.
D: You become what you interact with most frequently. If you interact with things that are made with intention, it affects you in a way that can change you forever. If you have a piece of furniture that you can depend on, it makes you more dependable.
On a personal note, in what ways do you manage a work/life balance?
D: You don’t have to incentivize us to work hard — we’re both innately hard workers. Still, we both understand the need for mental health. You can’t just redline yourself until you break down. We look out for each other.
M: Yeah, more often than not, we’re the ones telling each other to take a day off. I learned over the last few years that work/life balance is essential. Plus, easy access to outdoor recreation forces me to stop and pause. However, the lines get blurred when you work with great people and love what you do.
If you could recommend any pivotal books, podcasts, leaders, etc., what would you recommend?
M: The Toyota Way — it’s a book about how Toyota operates differently in the manufacturing process, plus how to build a company and a culture. It really focuses on how to learn from mistakes and doing everything with a degree of intention.
D: I love poetry and literature! Haruki Murakami is the author of my lifetime. I balance it out with comedy podcasts, such as Nateland with Nate Bargatze.