Maker Monday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Orion Creamer

In this week’s interview with Andrew Joseph, Big Chill founder Orion Creamer shares the cultural influences that shape his highly esteemed product. See if your tastes match this week’s #MakerMonday’s as we discuss TV favorites, superpowers, and design trends.

This cohesive kitchen joins elegant curves and colors with an industrial flare.

Andrew Joseph: You’re the newest Crayola color. What color are you and why?
Orion Creamer: I would have to be Beach Blue as I’ve surrounded myself with it for the last 15-20 years. It’s an upbeat yet calming color that’s most comfortable near water.

Andrew: Describe your design style as if you were explaining it to someone who cannot see.
Orion: I lean towards Eclectic design. Pops of bold color and design layered on top of an otherwise muted palette. My design style is straight forward, without fuss or elaborate detailing.

Andrew: If you could guest star on any TV show -on or off-air- what show would you guest star in?
Orion: I would love to be one of Jerry’s new neighbors on Seinfeld. I love everyone’s sense of humor on the show and the dynamic between Jerry and Kramer is great.

Big Chill’s uniquely repurposed metallics bring out an undeniable signature style.

Andrew: If you could live in any home in a movie or television series, what would it be?
Orion: I always wanted to live in the Jetsons’ house. It was a creative show with futuristic ideas like flying cars and robots. Mind-blowing to watch as a kid.

Andrew: What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
Orion: Taco Bell! The Crunchwrap Supreme is my go-to. I also really enjoy the casualness of the place. Plus, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I have a weak spot for nacho cheese sauce.

Andrew: What is something you hope to see trending in design in the future?
Orion: I’m glad to see mass customization starting to become more popular. In general, everyone wants to be different and express their ‘uniqueness’, and if companies can figure out how to cater to that and do it well, they will find success. The world is heading away from a “one size fits all” mentality, which is something I’ve learned from building the Big Chill brand.

Andrew: What are three things you can’t live without?
Orion: Soccer ball, smartphone, post-it notes.

About The Maker | Big Chill​ was founded in 2001 by Orion Creamer and his uncle Thom Vernon after they were unable to find an energy-efficient, mid-century model fridge that was both large and didn’t require time to defrost. An American soccer star with a growing family and thirst for industrial design, Orion, with his uncle, set out to create his idea of the perfect fridge: a vintage look with modern efficiencies and capabilities.

Orion, a then-recent industrial design graduate, scoured junkyards, studying old refrigerators from the early 20th century. Taking design elements from the original models, he created the Big Chill Retro Fridge, which boasts an era-authentic pivoting chrome handle and a stamped metal body—with all of the functionalities of its modern counterparts. With strong core values in American craft, family, and environmental responsibility, Orion’s brand has developed a cult following internationally, including admiration from top celebrities including Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson.

Today, Big Chill is one of the leading sustainable companies in Boulder, Colorado, thanks to efforts led by Orion.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here

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