Sinclair Smith & Company is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. Our services include strategic consulting, industrial design and interior design.



Perfect pasta packaging

I hesitate from being too dramatic here, though I realize drama befits any discussion of pasta. Still, even if the issue be only graphic and typographic in nature, the style is so brutal and austere in form and type and so bold and passionate in proportion and color that I can’t help but say that if I ever make a single layout as simple and striking and beautiful as this, I promise to die a happy man and forfeit all prior grievances. Really. The people at Molino & Pastificio have produced some of the best packaging of all time. (Eat your fill Lester Beall.) I’ve taken my time and considered my words. And I’m comfortable with that statement.

Jim Denevan is a monster

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 in Art

An architect friend of mine posted something on Facebook about her CAD being down and having to go back to drawing a whole bunch of circles by hand. Another mutual architect friend commented to the effect of “oh yeah? Check this dude out.” I did. The verdict is whoa! Check this dude out: Jim Denevan. Yeah.

A guide to the brothels of New York

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 in graphic design, History, New York, Typography

My dear friend Jessica sent along this (regrettably out-of-date) Gentlemen’s Companion, a guide to the better gentlemen’s establishments of New York City as published in 1870 and digitally archived by The New York Times. It is a funny little book with classic syntax and typography and a niche glimpse into the city’s historical landscape. Thanks J!

Distribution fail

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 in Branding, Dysfunction, Quotidien things, Transportation

Best wishes for Corona and their sunny clientele!!

Weather Derangement

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 in Brooklyn, Cycling, Dysfunction

It’s no secret to family, friends . . . strangers I pass on the street, groundhogs etc. that I don’t like winter in NYC too much. With a storm per week for the last month, my bike rides have been confined to smaller and smaller environs. Now I just ride around downstairs.

OKI C of O

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 in Brooklyn, SS&CO projects, Uncategorized

This certificate of occupancy changed the use of the building my wife and I own from manufacturing to commercial and is the result of the longest and hardest work/fight of my life. After nine years of battle I finally wrestled this thing from the foaming jaws of the New York City Department of Buildings. Anyway I’m really proud of it, so what else to do but… put it on the blog!!

Disco ziggurat

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 in Manufacturing, Packaging, Product, Toys

For Christmas, my son Henry received a solar powered rotating disco ball made by Kikkerland. It’s cool. But I am what I am and I got really into the pressed paper pulp packaging, (please pardon the alliteration) which when flipped over looks like some miniature ancient temple set piece from an Indiana Jones movie. Check it…

Demeter Stool v2!!

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 in Furniture, SS&CO projects

I am super excited about the latest furniture project to come out of my studio. The Demeter Stool v2 is an update of the Demeter Stool. The laser cut stainless steel frames just arrived from the fabricator today and I installed the maple seats on site at their home– the soon to open Scali Caff√© at 245 Bleecker Street. When the restaurant is done I’ll reshoot and put up a full project page on the site… But for now…

Busting open the shipping crate on the sidewalk….

A toddling father’s dream come true!!

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 in graphic design, Quotidien things

Every now and then I see something that convinces me once again that we have the potential to create and run institutions that celebrate and support a variety of human conditions and needs. God bless the Brooklyn Museum!!

Bicycle powered snow plow

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 in Cycling, Product, Transportation

This badass rig is traveling the blogs and pretty much speaks for itself. Follow the link to the full post on makezine.com.