Creature Comforts: The Doodle Dog Gipsy bed features a drawing by Wegman
Randy was a seasoned pro at collaborating on creative ventures, having co-founded Crypton fabrics with husband Craig Rubin in 1993 from the basement of their Michigan home. The company has since revolutionized commercial fabric with the introduction of a patented process that produces a virtually-indestructible, stain/odorresistant material appropriately named Crypton Super Fabric. Designing and manufacturing products for the home would be an exciting new endeavor, and the playful imagery of Wegman seemed a perfect match for the new pet line.
The creative collaboration between the innovative fabric manufacturer and the downtown visual artist has since proven to be hugely successful— producing a visual style that is once recognizable and inspired, combining the ultimate in function and aesthetics. The resulting beds, pillows, throws (christened Throvers) are elegant, bold and sturdy … fulfilling the must-have checklist for discriminating and stylish dog lovers. The essential components to good product design are exemplified in this union of art and science—and thanks to the unique partnership of William Wegman and Crypton—better living through imagination.
William Wegman’s Flo & Wendell is a children’s book unlike any other created by the artist. This playful new release features an artful combination of his photographs of puppies combined with his vibrant watercolor paintings. The book’s inspiration came from some photos Wegman had taken of his puppy Flo when she was several weeks old. Captivated by her expression, he began painting scenes using Flo’s image as a starting point. Once the artist’s newest canine family member, Topper (named Wendell in the book), entered the mix, this sweet, delightful brother and sister tale was born.
Kimberly Wang is an editorial and travel photographer based in New York City. After 20 years of traveling the world as a director/ producer for network television, she’s still seeking the planet’s most fascinating stories, Digital SLR in hand.