Wednesday, December 1, 2010

matchbooks part duex

Printing printing the logs for the inside- hurry!
( I am printing them on wood - ha)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

cold in the Plum

Well it is cold here in Cleveland- seems the super cool building has no heat. We are toughing it out with lots of hot tea, blankets, and lucky for us a heating pad.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

it's beginning to look a lot

Like something or other.... I don't how it is where you live but here there are just not enough hours in the day. Gearing up for some holiday fun - look for us in Cleveland for Bizarre Bazar and in Chicago for Renegade. I am hoping to get these little treasures done ... we'll see

Thursday, October 21, 2010


I got a call out of the blue- it turned into a story, a story that unfolded over 64 plates. The book comes next but it will have to wait until I get back from Hawaii- more on that later...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's a wrap

Busy here these last few weeks- am wrapping up (literally) a project. I'll work it backwards here over the next week or so

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

mini kitchen

Talk about a bonus! We have a swell mini kitchen in a closet- the fridge is turquoise inside.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

the big room

Here's the "big room"- lots of stuff, almost have the print shop up and running. I got a super heavy sewing machine, I am a sucker for 2 tone green. I have a big quick dinnerware commission - love being able to pay the rent- then screening yardage and reupholstering. The dinnerware is a very simple funny story told across 64 plates...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

tool room

I like this room a lot- pegboards for tools, shelves for pencils, a big long table with my paper cutter and light box. Just the right amount of space for working on drawings or fiddly bits, everything close at hand.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

the office

So here is room #1- the office- Notice the fab vintage office furniture. I have a wheely chair- v important. Still need a rug and a dog bed for under the desk- put it on the list.

Monday, September 27, 2010

As promised

My doctors assure me that the best way back from a long bout of amnesia is a systematic analysis of my surroundings. In that spirit this begins visual tour of the new studio...

The door- lovely weird metal with a mail slot - the numbers are a bit offensive- I see a new vinyl cut in my future. The green is a bit odd but with the brick it reminds me of an old H.A.Rey book so I am leaving that for now. Tomorrow.... the office room.

Friday, September 24, 2010

sweet return

Oh my - where have I been? What is happening? I seem to be slowly recovering from a strange bout of amnesia- luckily even in my sleep I managed to work on the new studio - I will do a week of studio shots starting Monday- don't want to wake up too quickly now, do we?

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Well that took longer than I thought! I have a stack of 50 printed and bound book like things ready to go. Off to the airport for a Sunday drop in the box- got to love living in Columbus!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The street of Industry

I have had my eye on this space for almost a year- back when rough and perfect was just a glimmer of an idea. I LOVE this street! Most of the buildings and businesses are from the 30's and 40's- there are upholsterers and bakers and printers- heaven. Stay tuned as we fix up our new digs....

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

We have a key!

Just signed the lease to our new studio- move in day is the 15th....

Sunday, June 6, 2010


I printed the cover for the catalog yesterday - lovely BK Rives with long edges ripped, double inked black on a Vandercook. I did the "rough and perfect" deboss at home on my little Kelsey- I need to get the text block printed up today, I have some ideas about that....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Back from the Furniture Fair!

Steven arrived home last night with a station wagon full of goods- time to unpack and get the pieces properly photograhed for the soon to be printed catalog. Thanks to Eric for the fab digs in Chelsea, to Kurt for having a brother with fab digs, to Bob at Logan Elm Press for help with the printing, to the cast of thousands (literally) who helped us cover kids, dogs, jobs, etc. while we were away. And finally thanks to you dear reader, without whom this would all be for naught.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


It was super great to meet Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge fame - I am a huge fan - glad to say the feeling is mutual -
look at this!
Design Sponge
May 18th, 2010
icff 2010: circles

this week i’m going to be breaking down icff coverage by trends i noticed, whether it was based on shape, texture, or style. today i’m kicking things off with something i found myself noticing after i processed all of my images: circles galore! the past few shows have felt very focused on angular or faceted shapes (they were still there, more on them tomorrow) but i noticed a trend towards round shapes popping up in both wallpaper and furniture. so today i’ll be sharing 20 of my favorite round designs, ranging from turn tables and rugs to lighting and grand paper installations. enjoy! [image above: wooden george washington light by rough and perfect]

complete link here...ICFF 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

ICFF day # 2

Talked to tons af great designers and architects- super excited about new things on the horizon. Had a GREAT visit from a fabulous to be named guest- don't want to jinx it...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Opening day ICFF

Finally all up and ready! Lots of last minute glitches- I lost a major part of our sign ( just the name) on the way in- Thank you Thank you to Jason for retreiving it from the floor and bringing it by. Almost got knocked silly by diesel fumes during set up- Steven's plane delayed- couldn't find the fab apartment where we are staying ( Thanks Kurt & Eric!) . But all is good and fine now- we will keep you posted....

Monday, May 3, 2010

getting ready

So most of our pieces are super labor intensive. Here we are getting ready to drop some more glass for covers for some of the lights we will debut at the ICFF in about 2 weeks.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

getting ready

been pretty busy here in the top secret lab- I'll post delicious tidbits frequently as we get closer to the ICFF

Saturday, February 13, 2010

big fun

The newest piece of big fun arrived at rough and perfect yesterday. An Excelsior L-N press. I am going to take this lovely girl apart today and get her all cleaned up- big fun

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Short List for Design Boom!

Well.... we may not have won the big prize but we did manage to make the short list on Design Boom's Intelligent Hand competition. Over 3,000 designers from 88 countries entered - we were one of the few US entries to make it to the top 150 - Hooray for R&P - look for George to make his debut at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC in May