Interview with Fuzzco
When we set up this interview, we had to try really hard not to totally fangirl out. We absolutely love Fuzzco. Ever since we opened our studio, we've looked to them for inspiration. They have such a clear creative philosophy and continuously put together some of the most exciting and visually sumptuous projects. Founded by Helen Rice and her husband Josh Nissenboim, they've been featured in places like Dwell, Kinfolk, Monocle, and the New York Times. And now, Half & Twice, thanks to the lovely Helen, who was gracious enough to take some time out for a quick chat about the studio and what makes them tick.
What have been the major milestones in your career?
Learning illustrator, becoming a manager, moving into a big office, opening the Portland office, moving out of the big office.
When you were 7, what did you want to become when you grow up, and why? — Asked by Vallée Duhamel
I remember drawing very elaborate plans for a horse farm and how all of the fences and my fort were going to look. I was really into the idea of having to survive by myself so maybe I wanted to grow up and become a recluse.
- — Describe your best and worst personality traits.
1. How much of your day do you spend working?
Most of my waking life is spent working. I'm at the office most days from 9am-7pm (if not later) and then when I go home my husband (and partner) talk about work constantly. I really enjoy it for the most part but sometimes it's exhausting.
2. Where is your ideal work environment?
In a sparsely decorated quiet room filled with light.
3. What do you hope to get across with your work?
I want my work to elevate whatever the core concept is in a way that is refreshing, smart and sometimes funny.
4. What inspires you?
Confidence and the element of surprise.
5. What's the secret to a successful day's work?
Doing the things I least want to do first.
6. Is there anything in your life that you can't live without?
7. Is there anything about you that people might not know?
I have long palms.
8. What would be your dream project?
To get to design my own line of clothes and accessories.
9. What is the most time-consuming aspect of your work?
10. What legacy would you like to leave behind?
I don't know yet.