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aspiring to the throne {job notice}

there was an interesting article in the ny times today about modern design stores. while i don't agree with the overall idea of comparing everything to moss (and i don't believe for a second that murray moss "hasn't heard of the future perfect"), it was nice to see some shops like lekker home and rose and radish mentioned (though i wish the times would give credit to smaller shops like reform school, a plus r, rare device and ferdinand). one of the shops mentioned, the future perfect, contacted me yesterday to ask if i'd share a job notice, so i thought it would be perfect timing.

if you're looking for a job with an "innovative williamsburg design shop", the future perfect is looking for both full and part-time sales help. it's a great opportunity for someone organized, ambitious and interested in design. "design sales experience would be helpful, but for the perfect personality it is not a must. it's a serious job with a cool group at a small fast-growing company". dave says the ideal applicant will be "as interested in sales as they are in design". if you're interested just sent a resume and a note right here (they're looking to hire asap)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that I didn't know this before...but Mr. Moss came off really pretentious and awful in that piece.

9:56 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

agreed. it just bugs me that the times isn't ready to cover the world of indie shops and smaller, more craft-minded shops. maybe in a few years we'll hear about how indie shops are all the rage ;)


10:10 AM  
Blogger s said...

it really is a shame that mr. moss feels the need to alienate such a vital (and valid!) part of the growing design world. i'm with you in not believing that he hadn't heard of the wonderful stores the times mentioned....curious that that much success still leaves room for such strong insecurities.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous kik said...

yik! i was just in ny last week and did not happen upon moss - apparently that was a good thing! he sure does sound stodgy and pretentious to say the least!
{thanks, by the way, for your guide! would never have found so much without it! unfortunately my time in park slope ran out before i got to future perfect, but i couldn't have lugged anything back to colorado from there anyway.}.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know. I know someone who knew Murray Moss since she was a child, and she says he's a great person who is very focused on his own business. I think it's sad that everyone is being so cynical.

The Future Perfect is way overrated, though, imo. I had heard so much about it, and then I went there. I'm sure I would have been much more impressed if I'd stumbled upon it (or heard about it once or twice), but it wasn't quite the design nirvana it was supposed to be. I mean, kudos to the owner for building a viable business doing what he loves, but it's equally annoying that people act like he's the Messiah of Design. He owns a nicely curated shop in Brooklyn, period.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Continuing my last post) And I'm also not sure why it needs to be a competition between old and new. Just because The Times sees it that way doesn't mean we need to play into it. I think comments like, "I don't believe it for a SECOND" are not really helping the design community overall.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its a shame people cant give murray moss the credit he deserves. the little shops wouldn't be around if it weren't for him.

1:02 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


want to leave your name and give a bit more validity to your comments? it always perplexes me when lots of "anons" come to defense (or attack) of someone but can't leave their name or some more facts.


1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will gladly discuss this off the comments board with you, as you must mind your p's& q's in this small design world.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

Sorry, I was just lazy and didn't want to bother to click the radio button and do extra typing. I posted twice. I cannot speak for who the last anonymous was.

2:53 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


i think that if you want to put a statement out in a community you should feel strongly enough about it to attach your name to it. you're defending mr. moss so i don't think your p's and q's are in jeopardy in any way.


3:40 PM  
Anonymous Andy+Rose said...

Thank you for the props! With that, we didn't mind so much being left out of the piece. Can't wait to finally meet up face to face when you come out to L.A.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Marta said...

You said you don't agree with the overall idea of comparing everything to moss, and you make it sound like it's the New York Times that is doing that, when in fact it's a quote from Mayer Rus, a contributing editor at House & Garden. This is probably some lifestyles reporter at the Times who follows "Home & Garden" trends and business trends as a reporter, and they probably don't spend all day long surfing the Web, looking at blogs and design stores all day long and getting e-mails from places wanting free P.R. The reporter probably trusted his/her sources for the most part and went with established sources like Ellen Lupton. I don't like how you put it off on the Times. They are simply reporting. You should write my friend Joe Plambeck, the assistant to the Public Editor, instead of writing posts like this.
I hate when bloggers talk about reporting like they understand it.
Further, you say they should mention the smaller shops, but just like you are selective in who you feature and who you don't, the newspaper is going to also be selective as well. It's a trends piece and those small stores don't fit in with what the story is about.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Marta said...

I wonder why you haven't posted what I wrote earlier tonight? It was a perfectly good response and yet I'm sure you're really hostile about it. How weird.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Marta said...

The Times isn't a P.R. firm. It's a trends piece. God, people want fluffy stupid stuff to read all day long.

11:31 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


before you go off the deep end- most people who read d*s know that i go to bed and stop working like most normal people around 7 or 8 at night. if you leave your comments after that at 9 pm and 11:30 they won't appear until i wake up and approve them the next morning.

you're free to leave constructive criticism whether i agree with it or not but you might want to wait for normal business hours before you get too upset. sometimes it takes me a full hour to get through all my fluffy stupid stuff in the morning so comments might not appear until 7:30 or 8.


6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's ironic that you go offline just like the big boys as you get bigger ...

8:29 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


8:36 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

This seems like an appropriate time to ask a question I've been curious about for some time: Why have you decided to approve all comments before they're posted? What kinds of comments *don't* get approved?

9:06 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


i decided to turn on comment approval so i could prevent the following comments:

-spam (of which i get a lot)
-anti-gay comments (of which i also get a lot for some reason)
-personal attacks
-comments with profanity
-non-constructive criticism

an example of the last would be "this artist blows" "this work sucks" "that's butt ugly". i feel strongly that people in this community should be able to voice their opinions in a mature way. if they can't, they're more than welcome to voice their opinions on their own sites or other blogs.


9:19 AM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Take a chill pill, Marta. Someone seems a leeeetle too upset.

Katy ;)

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Marta said...

No I'm really not that upset at all. I just think design*sponge doesn't think things through very clearly.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous katy said...

Maybe I'd believe you Marta if you hadn't left those last two comments.

People on this site always spout off a bunch of negativity and then try to say "you're misinterpreting me".


6:27 AM  

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