Friday Five with Jason Miller

Admirers of the hipster hunting chic aesthetic associate the name Jason Miller with his ceramic antler sconces and chandeliers, though his Modo chandeliers are also all the rage among lighting lovers. However, this Brooklyn-based design master is also the maker of bone china with beautifully delicate gold chains, and furniture, both woolly and duct-taped. It’s no surprise that his Friday Five reveals a penchant for nature and earthy art.

1. Martin Johnson Heade
I love landscape painting, especially American landscape painting from the 19th century. The Hudson River School painters are the most well known. Martin Johnson Heade didn’t quite fit into that group. While others were in the Catskills, Heade was in the jungle painting incredible and slightly odd images of orchids and hummingbirds.

2. Cheese
I just love good cheese.

3. MacBook Pro
I wouldn’t consider myself a tech geek, but I do sit at a computer all day long. I’m happy that my computer has been a MacBook for the last decade. Everything from the physical object to the user interface is as good as it gets.

4. Hokusai
Every time I open a Hokusai book I’m reminded that I can’t really draw. Not only is every line absolutely perfect, there is a tension between flatness and depth that seems impossible. Yet in his hands it all works perfectly.

5. Stoneware
Stoneware is the blue-collar cousin of porcelain. Porcelain is all about purity. Stoneware is earthy, rich and impure. It’s human. I like that, especially American stoneware vessels from the 18th century.

Marni Elyse Katz is a Contributing Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Boston where she contributes regularly to local publications and writes her own interior design blog, StyleCarrot.