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Behind The Scenes

Katie Kime Shows Us How She Made Her Awesome Lucite Tray

Some mood-board action! Katie Kime knew she wanted to keep the production for her label in the U.S. She didn’t think to start the search in Austin, where the way-cute housewares designer is based, but through a guy who knew a guy, she struck gold—or at least lucite—in her own backyard. Here she shows us exactly how it all comes together for her Of a Kind edition. —olivia seely “Step one of the manufacturing process begins with the cutting of the six lucite sheets required for each tray. These are cut using heavy machinery. As you can see in this picture, a worker runs each piece across the blade for the right measurement.” “Step two is matching the edges of all six pieces of lucite precisely with the others and preparing for adhesion.” “Step three is the most tedious part because if the glue runs even slightly at any of the seams, then the tray can’t be used. We found that using a syringe for the glue is the best way to ensure that the glue won’t spread. At each seam of the tray, we apply a thin line of glue before combining the pieces of lucite.” “Step four is the drying. This takes 24 hours, and once that time has passed, we inspect them and get them back to my studio to finish assembly with the tray inserts.” “The tray inserts are custom patterns I design based on inspiration from anywhere and everywhere—a vintage wallpaper from eBay, a fabric swatch, or, most often, patterns I see while traveling, like a Moroccan rug or a ceramic from Thailand. From a sketch or a rough rendering, a vector file is created of the pattern. From there, in Photoshop I paint with various color variations until I find the right combination.” “That finalized file is then sent to printers and cutters and placed inside the tray…et voila!”  Get this guy first thing tomorrow! Click here to make sure it doesn’t pass you by.
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Katie Kime’s Grand Tour of the Coolest Spots in Austin

The sweet-as-pie furniture and accessories designer Katie Kime lists “doing Austin” as one of her main interests. Here she gives us a run-down of the city’s six best spots. —olivia seely “The Austin City Limits music festival has always done tapings of artists and bands in Austin at a place called ACL Live. Recently, when the W Hotel was built in downtown Austin, they built an extension, which is the ACL Live Moody Theater. So literally, where I’m sitting in this photo next to the Willie Nelson statue is where they hold unbelievable tapings and performances.” “Clark’s is an oyster bar. Down to the smallest details, they’ve done the most amazing job of giving it this Southern, prepster flair. Everything from the busboys in rugby shirts to the waiters in boat shoes with handkerchiefs coming out of their back pockets is an ode to where I grew up in North Carolina.” “Hijo is there newest venture from the people behind a really cool store in Austin is called JM Dry Goods. It’s built in a greenhouse, and the owners are a married couple with amazing taste. The guy makes hand-made leather bags stamped with anchors—an icon I love so much I have one tattooed on my wrist—that are to die for. They curate amazing collections, and I’m always inspired in any of their spaces.” “So basically every cool thing in Austin has hotelier Liz Lambert’s signature on it. Jo’s is where I go to do work about three days a week just to get out of my office.” “Hotel San Jose is my go-to place for drinks and my first recommendation for where to stay if you’re an out-of-towner. This is also one of Liz Lambert’s many gifts to Austin. There’s nothing she does that I’m not crazy about. She’s a bit of a legend in my mind, and I have more than a bit of a crush on her.” “I love Moscow Mules, and the best one in Austin is at Contigo. It’s also the best outdoor-eating space you can find!” Photographs by Kelsey Shaw. Get Katie’s made-in-Austin edition tomorrow! YAY!
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