daniela jacobs

"Daniela Jacobs is a Parsons graduate the the designer behind the brand ARC. The collection consists primarily of porcelain + metal jewelry & home objects that bridge organic form with small-scale industrial production techniques. Materials are responsibly sourced to create seasonless, future-heirloom pieces that are bold in simplicity and made by hand in New York City." (learn more

What do you burn for? Peace - in both abstract and literal terms. It might sound contradictory, but I "burn" for peace of mind, peace in my design practice, peace in my decisions, peace in my actions. I yearn for a work in which (at least moderate-!) peace is the true intention behind global iniatives, therefore yielding better, safer, positive outcomes for the future of our planet, our people, our daily lives, and our collective sense of well-being.

How do you describe your aesthetic? I'd say my aesthetic is like sand: it's constantly shifting, though probably stays within a recognizable realm, my personal set of themes... I like a good contrast - in texture, color, shape. Every outfit I wear, every piece I design, every table I set, every dish I cool, seems to play in some way with a combination of these three elements. I love asymmetry that feels like symmetry. 

Where does the name "ARC" come from? ARC is a concept, not a product: it is, at its core, a body of work that seeks to encourage mindfulness and individual creative expression. From jewelry to home objects - and perhaps other items in the future - it is a collection that explores and experiments with wearable, functional sculpture. The name "ARC \" comes from the simple geometric for that so many things, people, and ideas, can fit under. An arc is simultaneously a shape and a concept; similarly, I wanted a name for my work that was both literal and figurative. 

Why does mindfulness matter in the design space? Mindfulness matters in every space. In the design realm it is important because consideration for process leads to a better outcome in eery imaginable aspect. Clarity of intention behind design - for the materials used, their source, the "users and their needs, the visual identity of everyone and everything involved - translated into a more meaningful outcome. 

What moves and/or inspires you? So many things! Warmth - in people, in temperature, in all ways...Kindness. Respectful bluntness... Shapes, colors, and textures found in nature...the sea; the way the sunlight makes everything golden just before it sets; sand dunes; rock formations; organic asymmetry that feels as balanced as symmetry; unexpected pairings that just work together; the surreal; a good contrast (as previously stated!); literal and figurative transparency; the concept of finding beauty in function...

What is something you're learning, practice or improving right now? I'm constantly figuring out how to balance all the things in life that are important to me: activity and rest; intensity and ease; playfulness and seriousness; knowing my limits and listening to them... ARC is very much a fluid extension of and expression of myself, so I don't see it as distinctly my "work" life in contrast to the rest; still, learning to balance all the various elements is an ongoing practice and probably never finished. 

richard mccormick

"Richard is a Chef, Restaurateur & Food stylist. As a 16-year-old teenager, he was already running his first kitchen in Denmark; Spain, Japan, Russia, London and Scandinavia followed. Richard is now based in Finland and has brought all his knowledge to the Helsinki restaurant world. He is known for having run kitchens like New York Ninja, Siltanen, Nolla, Shanghai Cowboy, Tokyo Girl and now Sandro in Kallio/Eira. Sandro was chosen the best new restaurant of the year by Helsingin Sanomat Nyt-liite (11/2013) & in 2014, won three categories in City-Lehti’s vote for best restaurant in Helsinki: Best Restaurant, Best Ethnic Restaurant and Best Brunch. His avant-garde culinary concepts have proven successful in several pop-up restaurants, catering events, electronic music festivals & Food Truck." (learn more)

How would you describe your aesthetic? Often deep in a creative thought maze imagining new ideas. 

What are you most excited about in your life right now? Date + Kale opening its first spot together with Anni Kravi. After working together for almost two years it's great to finally be getting our own restaurant. 

My favorite tattoo is [a small heart] because [it reminds me of a special person]. 

Tell us about the food truck...a little passé, currently thinking what will be the new way to serve great food at festivals and events. 

What are you dreams? To keep on dreaming and creating special and unique moments for my guests, challenging myself and the hospitality industry. 

What is the most important things you've learned as an entrepreneur? Patience, taking care of and inspiring your team, and of course not forgetting to take care of myself. You cannot give if you are all used up. 

Holiday, Helsinki

Holiday, Helsinki

Favorite Cool And Thoughtful things: My latest restaurant opening named Holiday is more than just a restaurant - it's a special space, and when you enter people can feel the energy around and often say they feel they are in a magical place. I believe sharing good vibes with your team helps create these special moments for your guests.

One year ago, we published the first COOL AND THOUGHTFUL profile, featuring Anni Kravi. It is only fitting that we celebrate the one-year anniversary of COOL AND THOUGHTFUL by profiling Richard, who is the "date" in Date + Kale.

xandra robinson-burns

Xandra Robinson-Burns is a writer on a mission to unite fiction and reality. She is the founder of Heroine Training, a platform and curriculum to empower you to be the heroine of your own life. You can watch TEDx talk, "How Harry Potter Saved My Life," here.

What does it mean to be the leading lady of your own life? Being a leading lady means showing up and owning your role as a heroine. The funny thing is, ‘heroine', ‘hero', and ‘protagonist' are structural terms:  inherited automatically by being the main character of a story. So it’s simply, really. It means acknowledging that you are the main character in your life, and that you are on a journey, like a character in a novel or onstage. Being a heroine does not mean that you are perfect, or finished. In fact, it means that you accept yourself as a work in progress, and are ready to fully embrace your journey: flaws, challenges, and all.

What are your dreams? My mission, my quest, is to unite fiction and reality. My dream is for women to own their roles as heroines, and embrace every step of their adventures. As for myself, my big dream was to read English at Oxford, one of the most magical cities in the world. I now live in Edinburgh, Scotland, the other most magical city in the world. I feel like I’m living in a dream, so my only hope for myself is that I never take it for granted. I would also like a puppy.

If I were stranded [insert place], and could only bring one book it would be [insert book] because [xxx]....No matter the setting, I’d bring The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. First of all it’s massive, but even if it weren't I could spend days thinking about a single line of his writing. Also, The Tempest and Twelfth Night would bring me solace with themes of shipwreck!

How would you describe your aesthetic? Bold adorable. 

What are you learning / practicing / improving on right now? Such a good question. I am getting into meditation (I started with Headspace’s Take 10 challenge), and carving time into my day for running, yoga, and rock climbing. I say “carving into” instead of “out of” because when I devote time to physical practices, I am giving myself more time. I am learning how to make simple but exciting salads, slowly learning French, and I’m always taking some sort of personal development training, be it a course or coaching. I find it important to always be learning, especially in the area that I teach!

The Theater: ready, set, go! Oh my! There is nothing like performance - except perhaps life. A story unfolds in front of you in real time, filling you with presence. Theatre is the art form that combines all art forms, and presents it live to you. Through acting we understand ourselves and others in a uniquely intense and authentic way. Through the deadline of Opening Night we celebrate progress, projects, and completion. The best theatre opens our minds and hearts, turns off the critic’s commentary in my head, and leaves me bounding out of the theatre with an irrepressible grin and no words, and then the next day, so many words. Buy someone a ticket to the theatre. It is the best present.

Anything else we should know? If I were a combination of two Disney characters I would be Lady from Lady and the Tramp and Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph. And my haircut was inspired by Buttercup from the Powerpuff Girls.