Waking Up With Dan Golden’s ‘Positive Energy’

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Image of Dan Golden's Positive Energy Rug
'Positive Energy' Rug

OK – now that I’ve woken you up with Dan Golden’s ‘Positive Energy’ rug (are you feeling it, yet?), let me tell you a wee bit about the man and his quirky, fun and fabulous work…

Dan Golden and his partner in crime, Jen Huh make up the art & design team that is Dan Golden Studio, based out of New York. The firm specialises in concept development and is currently designing new textile, lighting and furniture collections. They recently launched a range of home decor products for CB2 (which now ships to Australia!).

Dan Golden’s art and design work has been featured in many magazines and websites including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fast Company, Interior Design, Veranda, The LA Times, Shelter, FORM, Angeleno, David Report, Behance and MoCoLoco. And now, it has been featured right here in This Sydney Life, too! 

While I was tinkering about preparing for this post, I came across a CB2 interview with Dan.  Two things jumped out and really stuck. 1) the man is a massive dog lover.  He has a dog named Nutley (who is clearly massively loved), and 2) Apparently, years ago — when he was a waiter/aspiring singer-songwriter – he met Tom Waits. HE MET TOM WAITS! Dan says that Tom’s advice was to “be original and not try to be like anybody else. This advice was simple and true, and applies equally to being a designer.”  Looking at Dan Golden’s work now, I rather suspect Tom Waits’ advice was heeded.

The Dan Golden Studio pieces all have a recognisable design handwriting to them – for me, they are contemporary and clever, fun and humorous, uncluttered and, sometimes a wee bit ironic. I think it’s all great.  But then, I kinda’ like anything that looks good and makes me smile or think…

Check these out:

Image of Dan Golden's So Long Suckahs rug
'So Long Suckahs' Rug
Image of Dan Golden's Safe Place rug
Safe Place rug
Image of Dan Golden's Jazz Superheroes pillow
I want me one of these 'Jazz Superheroes' pillows
Image of Dan Golden's Morphine is the Best Medicine' pillow
'Morphine is the Best Medicine' pillow
Image of Dan Golden's Hole to Another Universe
'Hole to Another Universe' Wall Sticker

Do you have a favourite Dan Golden piece?

(All images sourced from Dan Golden Studio)

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Comments (31)

Check out his website, TNG. There are more fab’ wall stickers!

Hi,
Some of these I do like, and they certainly would be good conversation pieces as well. I love the alien rug, that did bring on a smile, and I also love the “hole” in the wall, that is such a classic. 😀
Loved the post.

Cheers Mags. Have a great weekend up there in Q’land! 🙂

I would love to have several of those pieces in my office! Dan is a fun guy!

I kinda’ like the idea of a ‘Safe Place’ rug in your office… 🙂

True – an excellent message 🙂

I love both his style and sense of humor!

Me too! 🙂 (Bet he’d love Wonderbutt)

So clever – and love that you started your post with the positive energy rug…just the thing for a sunny Friday!

Hey Sparks – Just spent the day at Taronga Zoo with my 7 year old nephew. THAT was just the thing for a sunny Friday in Sydney. Wonderful! 🙂

Wow…. I have just finished a day at work and the positive energy poster was just what I needed! – As I did feel a little bit like climbing through that whole to another universe…. love them 🙂

I just look at some of the pieces and think “why couldn’t I have thought of that.” Simple, clever and funny. 🙂

Wow! “Keep dogs off the grass” rug is my fave so far 🙂

so made me laugh. I’ll be looking for an outlet in the UK or I’ll go into business myself 😉

Oh, i definitely need one of theses stickers to be put on my office’s wall – and I’m just gonna do a jump into another (possibly better) world when hard times at work come and I will just want to shout “I can’t do it!”

i would like to have personal advice from Tom…
love the last pic

B – So would I. How cool would that be? Hangin’ with Tom…

Hole to Another Universe takes the cake! Though I do like the Positive Energy to wake up to! Very cool find. Good on you for promoting these guys on your blog!

Glad you like ’em, Marina! There’s a whole lot of other Dan Golden work (including seriously cool wall stickers) that I couldn’t fit on this post. Well worth a squizz on his website. Have a fab’ weekend. 🙂

I think this is my FAVE one so far – truly amazing work! I needed a little Positive Energy boost! 🙂 Hope Sydney is fab today!

All happy campers down here, S – we’ve been to the zoo and the aquarium, so far. Art Gallery today. C had apple pie for breakfast!!!

Glad Dan gave you a boost – his work is fab’, I reckon’ 🙂

Thank you very much, Joanna! Wonderful post and greatly appreciated. Glad we could send some positive energy your way – you definitely made our day.

Best,

Dan Golden and Jen Huh

Hi Dan and Jen – Thanks for popping in! EVERYONE (not just me!) seems to love the work you guys are doing. Can’t wait for the next lot of goodies… Cheers from Sydney 🙂

I like these too! hole to another universe is my fave 🙂

Hey MC – Nice to see you here! Cheers for the follow 🙂

Dan seems to have struck a chord with many. Clever man!

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