Vim & Vigor is a New York City-based design firm established in 2009 by Aaron Tsui and Irina Kozlovskaya, who met at RISD. Their award-winning designs include Stella, a reading light for Barnes and Noble’s NOOK, which won the Red Dot award and Bento, a steamer and portable lunchbox, which was a finalist in the Spark Concept Design awards. Their newest product, the SF Lamp, employ a unique fabrication process to bring a new twist to traditional spun metal. Most spun metal parts are symmetrical in shape, but the SF is not. Instead, the lampshade appears to be a typical symmetrical shape when viewed from one angle, and entirely differently when viewed from another. This month’s Designer Dailies takes us through one of Tsui and Kozlovskaya’s average working days – right before ICFF 2012, which was where we first took note of their designs.

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9:00 AM: Cycling to work. Our team loves to be active, most days we ride our bikes to work from various locations in the five boroughs.

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10:00 AM: Lamp parts arrive at our office. The blank spun pieces for our SF lamp collection arrive at the office. We are excited to begin the finishing work in the afternoon!

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12:00 PM: Working lunch. We head to the park for lunch, and spend some time discussing next steps in the lamp construction, while enjoying the sun.

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1:00 PM: Laying out ICFF booth. We have been honored with the ICFF Studio award, and are preparing our lights for the show. We have mocked up the booth in our office.

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4:00 PM: Verifying lamp CAD. Before doing any work on the lamp prototypes, we confirm the size and location of the cuts we plan to start in the afternoon.

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6:00 PM: Gallery hopping. We take a quick dinner break and spend some time to gallery hop in our neighborhood. We catch a great Brancusi photo exhibit at the Bruce Silverstein gallery.

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7:30 PM: Working on cuts for the lamps. Senior designer Sofia Kim spends some time experimenting with various cut shapes and sizes. She runs her ideas by Aaron.

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8:00 PM: Cut designs are finalized. Cuts are finalized and we are ready to create the show pieces!