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In this lecture film created by the designer exclusively for the Insights Design Lecture Series, Daniel DeSure chats about meditation, process, and the intersection of community and design—digging into the genesis of his studio Commonwealth Projects, fashion line Total Luxury Spa, and health food initiative Tropics.
About the Speaker:
After studying experimental film and video at the California Institute of Arts, Daniel DeSure immediately began producing videos and art installations, collaborating with an international array of galleries, museums, and artists. This practice led to the creation of Commonwealth Projects, one of the leading creative agencies in LA, specializing in everything from environmental installations to event production, publishing and communications design. Daniel’s clients include Nike, Rimowa, Sonos, Sundance, Olafur Eliasson, the Underground Museum, and Saint Laurent, just to name a few.
And while his reach is global, Daniel has become known for a multidisciplinary practice that embodies his relationship with his community, and the larger city of LA where he’s from. Tropics, for example, is a juice bar and wellness initiative that he cofounded with a young skater and entrepreneur, which is intended to bring healthy food and meditative practices to their local communities. His internationally recognized fashion brand, Total Luxury Spa, specializes in progressive and esoteric messages about everything from self-healing to water conservancy, often donating select proceeds back to local initiatives and businesses. Through both Total Luxury Spa, and his practice as a whole, Daniel seems less interested in making political statements that hit you over the head, and more interested in simply uplifting his friends, family, and community.
Part of the Insights 2021 Design Lecture Series
Copresented by the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota.
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