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8 Things This Super Creative Couple Can’t Work Without

Stuff We Love BY aleksa brown 08/04/2017

The story of one of L.A.’s most creative and #goalsworthy couples started as many things did in 2007— on Myspace. At the time, Lindsey Mortensen was living in New York and working in fashion design when she got a personal Myspace invite from L.A.-based musician Hrishikesh Hirway,to see his band perform in the city. A few weeks later, Hrishikesh convinced Lindsey to move out west with him; six weeks after their first date, he proposed. “It sounds crazy, but yes,” Lindsey says. “And now we've been together for 10 years!” And making’ a marriage work isn’t all they’ve been up to in that time—Lindsey launched Larsen and Lund, a line of buttery, grown-up leather bags, and Hrishikesh is the brains behind the popular podcast Song Exploder. They also both work out of their home in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood, so we asked Lindsey to share what keeps them happy and hard at work ‘round the clock.



INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE, BREWED IN A CHEMEX

“Like a lot of people, the first thing that I do in the morning is wake up and make a cup of coffee. L.A. has a very passionate coffee culture, and since moving here, that's rubbed off on me. I've tried a lot of different brands, but I always end up going back to Intelligentsia. We both just love how rich and oily their beans are.”

 

ANYTHING WRITTEN BY MICHAEL ONDAATJE

“Michael Ondaatje's writing has been longstanding and important source of inspiration for Hrishikesh, and something that helped inform the romantic that he is today. When we got married in 2011, we both used The English Patient as our aesthetic reference.”

 

RETURN TO OZ (ON VHS)

“I grew up watching this movie over and over again on VHS. It’s kind of a dark kid's movie, which is why I loved it at the time—and still love it today. Return to Oz is an important movie for me because it helped ignite my sense of imagination and creativity. There are a lot of visual references from it that I use as inspiration even today, and I’ve of course introduced Hrishikesh to it.”

 

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INDIA INK ART PROJECTS

“I use sketching as a way to kickstart my creativity, and my favorite tools are mechanical pencils and India ink. I recently started doing portraits of friends and family in India ink and giving them away as gifts, so it’s become a family affair.”

 

 

COOKING—ESPECIALLY WITH YOTAM OTTOLENGHI'S COOKBOOKS

“Over the past few years, I've really fallen in love with cooking. Yotam Ottolenghi's beautiful books are what got me excited to start in the first place. Jerusalem is one of my favorites! It's also easy to make a delicious meal when all the California ingredients are fresh and flavorful. My go-to farmer's market is in the Atwater Village neighborhood, but my all-time favorite is in Pasadena. It's always such a pretty place to buy produce!”

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FROM THE LINE HOTEL

“Hrishikesh has an intense love of cookies, and definitely can’t live without them. He's even gone so far as to make a pilot episode of a Cookie Exploder podcast [Ed Note: No, you can’t hear it], where he interviewed the chef from The Line Hotel who makes his favorite version!”

 

 

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WATSON THE STUDIO DOG

“We recently adopted our dog, Watson, from Dogtown West, and he's already become such an integral part of our life, family and work. Since he's a rescue, we're not 100% sure what his exact breed is, but he's definitely some kind of Poodle mix. It only took Hrishikesh a few days before he was having Watson pose for glamour shots!”

 

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