After The Jump: Radio Interview with Marco ter Haar Romeny of KIOSK (MP3)

by Grace Bonney

One of the main reasons I decided to start a radio program was to engage in longer, more meaningful discussions with design personalities I admire. It’s hard to get into a serious discussion over email or at a quick cocktail party, so I found myself longing for a format that allowed me to sit face-to-face with someone and really get into conversations about what was important in our community and how best to face and overcome challenges. One of the people I was most excited to speak with joined me last week, Marco ter Haar Romeny of .

Along with his partner Alisa Grifo, Marco founded , an incredible design shop that, until recently (their building was sadly sold), was based in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. KIOSK focused on beautifully designed products (often of the everyday or industrial variety) from a single country at a time. The shop would fill with beautiful objects Marco, Alisa and their team collected abroad over month-long trips and then when the objects sold out (usually in a few short months), they would take a new trip and highlight a new country. I have been infinitely inspired by their creativity since KIOSK’s launch in 2005 and was so pleased to sit down with Marco and talk about the motivation for their business, how they plan to grow and change and what the real challenges are for a business that has creativity, and not necessarily profit, as its primarily goal. I hope you’ll give this show a listen- Marco has some truly beautiful thoughts on their goals as shop owners and the importance of creating a space- and a collection- that can give people the chance to have their own unique reaction to things. Thank you so much to for joining me and to all of you for listening. xo, grace

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    Nice chat! Interesting that Kiosk isn’t keen on selling things that fall into contemporary or modern design categories. I particularly enjoyed listening to Marco describe the process of searching for pieces around the globe. Is this what it was like to be a buyer, an original tastemaker before super mass production? Maybe. Sorry to see the shop go, but hopefully Kiosk will find a new home in NYC and not LA (at least not for now).

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