Today, Andrew Joseph has the exciting task of picking the brain of Patrick Cain, an innovative, and unabashedly practical, maker in the world of designed objects. Patrick Cain Designs’ line is a marriage of engineering, design, and accessible luxury. Featuring extensive use of concrete, metals, and wood, his designs’ understated grandeur make them some of the most sought-after in production today.
Andrew Joseph – What’s your wakeup ritual?
Patrick Cain – My mornings are military-like in the routine. I wake up at 6:45 am, without an alarm and read the Washington Posts’ Daily 202 news summary. Then it’s time for either a 25 min run with my dog or a 30 min walk with him. Then tea and a smoothie, because in Los Angeles you can never be sure if it’s too cold or too hot for either, so I have both.
Andrew – What is one thing no one knows about you?
Patrick – I hate materialism and the concept that spending more money on “something” makes it a better “something.”
Andrew – Dream country to work in? Or dream project to take on.
Andrew – What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had?
Patrick – Getting this far.
Andrew – Who do you want to write your obituary?
Patrick – Malcolm Gladwell
Andrew – Style (or design) icon?
Patrick – The lovechild between Jean Prouve and Peter Marino.
Andrew – What are three things you can’t live without?
Patrick – Hot tea. Large Dogs. Clients who pay on time.
Andrew – Must have clothing item everyone should have?
Patrick – Hooded sweatshirt
Andrew – If you had one more hour in the day what would you do with it?
Patrick – Get my personal-life errands done. Who has time for those!
Andrew – Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Patrick – Skip that Ohio stage of your life, and just go to UCLA instead.
Andrew – A book that everyone should read?
Patrick – And The Band Played On
Andrew – What would you like to be remembered for?
Patrick – Giving more than I took.
Andrew – Least favorite color?
Patrick – Red.
Andrew – Best compliment you’ve ever received?
Patrick – Simply having my pieces bought and placed in homes along with incredible designers, least of which being when my tables shared a yard with Ai Wei Wei’s Chinese Zodiac installation.
Andrew – Favorite scent?
Patrick – Vanilla
Andrew – If you made a documentary, what would it be about?
Patrick – Disenfranchisement
Andrew – Song you can listen to on repeat?
Patrick – Chance The Rapper – I might need security.
Andrew – What are you most excited about at this time in your life?
Patrick – Starting a major push to get my new designs in front of interior designers.
Andrew – Your affirmation for today?
Patrick – There’s enough irons in the fire, just gotta give ‘em time.
Andrew – What’s one thing that is always in your refrigerator?
Patrick – Hummus
Andrew – Before leaving the house, you always…
Patrick – Make sure the dogs are actually inside.
ABOUT PATRICK CAIN DESIGNS | Since 2013, Patrick Cain Designs has been crafting handmade pieces that evoke the unity of urban sprawl with the natural world: elemental foundations like wood and steel are fused with Patrick’s background in Materials Science and Engineering. PCD furniture lives and breathes the essence of American life: the natural order and modern technology, together at last; truly unique statement pieces that both you and the environment can afford.
All PCD furniture is designed, crafted, built, and created in Los Angeles by the hands of skilled artisans and craftspeople from all walks of life.
ABOUT ANDREW JOSEPH – Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.
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