When designing, what superpower would you like to have?
Matter manipulation would be helpful literally all the time. Making physical forms with my mind. That’s basically the essence of design.
Which of your designs would you choose to survive a zombie attack?
The Cal Bookend could be a pretty good weapon if needed. It’s about one kilogram of steel bar so it would work pretty well at stopping zombies.
If you could go to dinner with a designer, who would you go with?
The Eames’ changed the world and seeing how they react to the world today would be amazing. It might take quite a few dinners though.
Would you prefer to travel to the future or to the past?
Future for sure. The past is relatively visitable through all types of mediums. A peak into the unknown is much more intriguing.
In what influential period of design would you like to be born?
Bauhaus would be a great time to be.
How would you describe yourself in 3 adjectives?
Curious, obsessive, optimistic.
If you wrote a book, what name would you put it?
No idea. That sounds like the type of thing that would be procrastinated on and land on something tongue in cheek at the last minute.
If you could learn to do something new, what would you choose?
Computer science, coding, electronics. Being so focused on physical objects it’s hard to break into the digital world.
What is the last book you have read?
The Machine Stops. A short read and eery foretelling of our current relationship with technology.
What could we find in your garbage basket?
Coffee grounds and cutoffs from cardboard models.
What is the best memory of your childhood?
Building pinewood derby cars with my dad. It really sparked my interest in design.
What is the rarest object in your room?
Discarded prototypes of unreleased designs.
What is your favorite conversation topic?
The metric system. Converting America to the gram and meter is a pipe dream but still worth trying.
If you could stay your whole life with the same age, what would it be?
25. Seems like it’s all downhill from there.
What do you value most in the design of a furniture wheel?
Playing nicely with rest of the design. Combining in a way that works well.
What if you had to design an object to put wheels what would it be?
Maybe a TV stand. TVs are now cheap enough that we can start treating them like they’re furniture and not priceless works of art to be mounted on the wall 90% of the time.
Revision is the creative duo Nate McCracken and Damein Williams, a product design studio. We design home goods and furniture that we want in our own lives. We have experience in everything from fashion, decor, and furniture to consumer electronics, healthcare, and soft-goods design. Damein is an industrial designer who thinks like an engineer and he works handling the details in CAD and DFM, working to bring our theoretical work into reality. Nate, co-founder and other half of Revision started his career in NYC working with the home decor brand Craighill. As creative director at Revision, Nate leads the design process and keeps Revision looking forward.
The Cal Bookend
The Cal Booked