No, not the TV show, but House Industries, the prolific type/art/design studio based out of Yorklyn, Delaware founded by Rich Roat and Andy Cruz in 1993.
I first encountered their work in 1996 at the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum at an exhibition called Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture. I remember seeing a meticulously crafted 3D cardboard cutout of a custom van with very interesting colors and type — reminiscent of 1960's psychedelia with a touch ’70s creepiness. But what really stopped me was the attention to detail and the craftsmanship that went into that piece. And this project was created to promote a line of themed fonts. Brilliant.
House Industries continue to inspire and amaze — yesterday I received an email from them announcing new women’s shirt designs distributed and sold at Uniqlo. The designs are a type lover’s dream with some great patterns and color combinations. Check them out here.
But it's not just the shirt designs. It’s the fact that these guys (and gals) are involved in so many diverse projects. They partner/collaborate with many different individuals and companies and have become notorious for their tongue-in-cheek viewpoint on American popular culture. Their passion and love for the craft is evidenced in everything they create. They are artists, typographers, craftsmen and excellent marketers, promoting their work within a broad range of design disciplines: fashion, architecture, furniture, print, web, environmental, industrial and much, much more. Check out this recent storefront display for Hermés in Japan. Wow.
House Industries has made an incredible impact on the world of design and they continue to inspire with their creativity and talents. Here’s to House!
Check out this highlight video of some their work.