“How do we reconcile our desire to create and make new things, with the full knowledge that we are killing our planet?” This was a question posed by designer Eric Trine in a recent blog post on his website. I’ve been following Trine’s work for a few years now and he’s openly wrestled with big thoughts like these, often on the backdrop of his pastel-hued Instagram posts. He speaks honestly, forgoing dry-cleaned language and the vague responsible-design ethos that one is used to hearing these days. But Trine asks these uncomfortable questions—all while continuing to create and make new things under his studio, Amigo Modern.
Trine has built a career on taking West Coast modernism and reflecting it through a prism of warm industrialism and playful eccentricity. There are hooks and hangers shaped like peace signs and cartoon penises, geometric planters cast in various shades of pastel, and powder-coated furniture as bright and playful as the California sun. One of Amigo Modern’s signatures is a sharply designed cafe-esque chair which the studio has been iterating for quite some time. The “Snack Chair,” as it's called, can be dressed up with a leather back or made to look slightly more unaffected when replacing the warm wood seat with a metal one. It comes in a variety of colors, from light-toned shades to dizzyingly bold hues. The chair can also double as a plant stand of sorts, and looks especially great when there is an overgrown Monstera sitting in it.
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