In this installment of Meet the Kalalou Family, we’re thrilled to feature Ian Hanson. Ian has been with Kalalou for 4 years as a product designer and less formally as a pun extraordinaire. Originally from Jackson but having graduated with a design degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kalalou couldn’t be more happy he is back to calling Jackson, MS home. As a product designer, he directly works with manufacturers to design the products that we produce whether it be via e-mail or flying to one of the locations of our manufacturers all over the world. When he’s not busy designing our next big hit product, he can regularly be found planning an exciting event in the Fondren area of Jackson, MS or trying to convince his girlfriend to bake him some of her amazing pound cake that we always hope he’s kind enough to share.
Tell us about you and your role at Kalalou.
Product Designer, Product Development Manager, Undisputed Champion of the Showroom Vignette
How would you describe your Personal Style?
Rustic Minimalism informed by Wabi Sabi and notes of early Americana
What do you like to do in your free time?
Cook, sample fine bourbons, and hold it down at my art and music venue in Fondren, The Flamingo [Find us on Facebook]
What was your previous work experience before joining the Kalalou team?
I was the Senior Graphic Designer at an advertising agency
What special skills or traits do you feel you bring to the Kalalou Team?
I’m a pretty good designer with an eye for emerging trends and I think most people really appreciate my positivity, candor, and unassailable sunny disposition
What do you find most fulfilling about your job at Kalalou?
Watching a product go from pencils to samples to the catalog is very gratifying. So is the Crack Pie Soft Serve at Milk Bar in Vegas.
What are your favorite places to travel while working for Kalalou?
Honduras is a gorgeous place. I’m also partial to the many fine eateries and sneaker stores of Atlanta, Georgia.
What’s one of your favorite memories at Kalalou?
I work with so many amazing people, I’d like to think we make cherished memories nearly every day. But if I have to pick one, I’ll go with eating in a little open air café in Haiti called the Artists’ Corner with Doug, Susan and Bradley. The sounds of live music from the bar mingled with the scents of grilled seafood as we sipped red wine. And then we were served grilled lobster tails the size of a full grown house cat. It was the stuff of legend.
Being a product designer, what’s one of the products you designed that you are most proud of?
I’d have to say our galvanized serving tray wine toppers, although no less than two of coworkers tried to take credit for the idea.
Favorite Kalalou Product:
Hands down, the ceramic pig bowl – a modern classic. It is to pottery what the Eames shell chair is to furniture.
Favorite style inspiration blogs:
Remodelista, Gardenista, SF Girl by Bay
Special thanks from all of the Kalalou family, to Ian, for all your creativity, hard work, attention to detail,
and always helping to make Kalalou a great company for our employees and our customers alike.