From their warehouse in the West King Street district near downtown St. Augustine Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming operate one of the hottest design firms in the country. Yield’s offerings—leather table runners, planters, geometric paper weights, ceramic French presses, handcrafted jewelry—exhibit the pairs’ collective eye for modern, functional design, and the couple has been given press in nearly every reputable design publication, including Wallpaper and Dwell. Four years since relocating to the Oldest City from San Francisco, Gant and Deming have integrated into the growing community of young creatives, tapping into artistic resources in Northeast Florida— artisans, furniture makers, etc.—and even opened a storefront, Obscura, on Cordova Street.
With two sets of unimpeachably keen eyes for distinctive and cool craftsmanship, Deming and Gant were nice enough to offer us a list of their favorite North Florida makers and Deming even provided us some insight into why they like each.
“Ariel is our neighbor in St. Augustine and handmakes her delightful line of jewelry at home. Her work is genuinely enjoyable and fun to view, with a design approach that has strong abstract and impressionist influences.”
Lauren Ytterbom Ceramics
“Lauren is also a neighbor and fellow Flagler grad. We had classes together our first year of school. After grad school in NY and some time abroad in Europe, Lauren settled back into St. Augustine and began her ceramics operation that she runs out of her studio adjacent to home. Her ceramics can be found in many restaurants around town including the Ice Plant, Kookaburra, and more.”
Ty Williams – St. Augustine
“Ty and I met at Flagler some time ago but only got to know each other after we each moved back to St. Augustine from California. (LA for him, SF for me). Ty’s carved out a nice niche as an illustrator and his work spans the gap between artist and maker. His designs are commonly found on clothing, but also in books, magazines, and collaborations with many well known brands like Public Supply, Patagonia, etc.”
Flora + Form (Danielle Romero) – Miami
“We met Danielle last year after following and admiring her work online for years. She is a Miami based painter and ceramicist with a broad and growing following. As her studio name implies, her work is largely influenced by plant life and natural landscapes. She debuted a new collection at our Obscura Shop earlier this year. Aside from her own ceramics and painting, Danielle is frequently commissioned to design for clothing and textile companies near and far.”