Interview: OIL / LUMBER Founder, Ethan Summers

The designer discusses contrasting influences, reinventing an iconic silhouette, and Nashville

Nashville-based designer Ethan Summers dabbles in three different mediums. His label OIL / LUMBER acts as an umbrella for all the concepts he comes up with, which include minimal modern furniture, apparel that references his Japanese heritage, and objects that range from coffee cups to tote bags. By operating as a design firm, rather than a furniture-maker, fashion label, or objet d’art manufacturer, OIL / …

Moto Bandit: Keanu: Weaponized

Spirited and a little silly, Nashville-based Moto Bandit (aka Ben Merlotti and Dennis Pickett) has just released their debut, “Keanu: Weaponized.” The track is intoxicatingly upbeat and anchored by surf-rock and pop-punk influences. From the duo’s off-beat lyrics (“Skinny dipping to the rhythm / I need a burger and a side of fries”) to the track’s steady crescendo, it’s a brief but infectious ride that …

Lexus International President Yoshihiro Sawa on the Brand’s Design Foundations

"Simple is boring" and other learnings at the 2019 ES release in Nashville

Like all automakers, Lexus has enjoyed both its design hits and misses. But few brands boast peaks as high and some valleys as low, which makes Lexus’ design philosophy—what they dub L-Finesse—one of the more polarizing and scrutinized schools of aesthetics in the wild and varied automotive landscape. Add to the fact they sell north of 300,000 vehicles a year in the US alone, and …