Collaborators

Alfalfa New York is pleased to partner with many talented friends and colleagues who share our passion for creativity and design.

Collaboration is a continuing tradition at Alfalfa New York. If you are a graphic designer, product designer, artist, or photographer, and would like to participate in one or more of our future collections, please contact us.
Our collaborators include designers, artists, and photographers from around the world. Discover more about them by clicking on their links below.

Pablo Aguilar

www.pabloaguilar.com

For more than 13 years Pablo Aguilar has worked professionally in art, editorial, commercial, and digital photography. His award-winning work has taken him across the US and around world, including Mexico, Cuba, Japan, Australia, Korea, and the Philippines.

Pablo has created iconic portraits of celebrities such as Beyoncé, Kobe Bryant, Jamie Foxx, Jane Kaczmarek, Forest Whitaker, Isabella Rosellini, Keanu Reeves, John Leguizamo, Mischa Barton, Eva Langoria, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. In commercial photography, he has created compelling promotional images for many international brands, including Adidas, Fila, Colgate, Science Diet, Humira, Honda, Chevron, Robinson’s May, and Lee Jeans. And his editorial work has appeared in magazines such as Vibe, Complex, Teen, Sports Illustrated, Rides, Latina, TV Guide, Fortune, and Tu Ciudad.

Pablo is also passionate about his pro bono work for non-profit organizations. He has photographed for Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns, Global Warming with Earth Communications, Agape Church of Science, and Bikram Yoga of Silverlake. At Academia Avance (the Los Angeles City Charter School) he has taught photography.

Pablo received his BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design. He resides in Los Angeles.

Rafael Ángel, aka RÁ

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When Rafael Ãngel was growing up in Spain, his family owned a photography store. So naturally, photography became his main hobby at an early age. At 15, he was admitted to the School of Image and Sound in Cordoba.

After graduating with a degree in photography and video, RÁ moved to Madrid, where he completed a Masters degree in photography and processing at the prestigious EFTI. He also attended the Escuela Superior de Publicidad (ESP) there, and has worked for advertising agencies in both Madrid and Cordoba as a photographer and illustrator.

In 2008, for the Museo Reina Sofia, RÁ collaborated with Alberto Garcia Alix on a project titled “De donde no se vuelve [The Place of No Return].” It was an experience that has opened his curiosity to the world of contemporary art and artistic experimentation.

Tony Di Spigna

www.tonydispigna.com

Your next T could stand for Tony Di Spigna. He has some great ideas for T-shirt designs at Alfalfa New York.

Tony Di Spigna is a tenured professor in the Graduate Design Program at Pratt Institute and also teaches at The New York Institute of Technology. Tony has achieved international recognition for his typographic and letterform designs, most notably Serif Gothic and exclusive typefaces for PBS Channel WNET 13, The Coca Cola Company, and The Louis Dreyfus Corporation.

In the 1970s Tony was a partner in the legendary studio of Lubalin Associates where he worked on all aspects of visual communication and graphic design.

Yuliana Duarte :: Make Up Artist

yuliduartemakeup.com

Yuli’s passion for makeup started when she was a little girl in her native Paraguay. A truly curious artist, she has covered most everything in more than 10 years of experience, from editorial and television programs to fashion shows and beauty pageants.

Previous to relocating to glamorous New York City, Yuli studied and worked in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay under some of the most renowned makeup artists in South America. Her growing reputation is based on her creativity, her professionalism, her technical skills, and on her willingness to take artistic chances.

Yuli specializes in airbrush, and her kit is made up of the best of products in the market. Her makeup work includes the shoot for the Latin Divas Collection at Alfalfa New York.

“I will perform Make up for anyone who wants to feel like a Diva or just special for the moment.”

Daniel Gebhart

www.danielgebhart.com

An Austrian born and raised in the mountains of Tyrol, Daniel Gebhart now lives in Vienna. In 2007 he took the plunge, quit his job as a Unix system administrator, and opened Sonnendeck Fotostudio, his own photography studio in Vienna’s Museums Quarter. His clients have included VICE, Sun Microsystems, Bacardi, BMW, Deutsche Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Red Bull, and Playboy, among many others.

Daniel’s work ranges from photojournalism, to portraiture, to advertising. For analog photography he prefers to shoot in medium format with a Mamiya 7 and a Contax 645; and in small format with a Voigtl�nder Bessa-R2M and a Contax T2 as point and shoot. Among the many photographers whose work he admires Daniel includes Phillip Toledano, Terry Richardson, Denis Darzacq, Mona Kuhn, Amy Stein, Gary Matoso, and Jeremy and Claire Weiss.

Daniel has avoided formal training in photography. He believes that “photography is more about feelings and passion. Learning by doing and loving it.” He recently spent a few months in New York City working at Magnum Photos, and in the past 3 years, he has exhibited in galleries in Vienna, Innsbruck, Zürich, Cologne, Dublin, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Taipei City.

Daphne Haefliger :: Red Asterisk

www.red-asterisk.com

Daphne Haefliger is a Swiss designer living in New York City. She studied industrial design at the Art Center College of Design in Switzerland and California. After graduating in 1997, she moved to New York and worked for several branding and houseware product design firms.

Daphne discovered Feng Shui in 1999. She immediately felt a strong connection with this philosophy and started her professional training. In the spring of 2005 she graduated from the Feng Shui Masters Training Program.

Using both her Feng Shui and design background, she created a line of products under her company name, Red Asterisk®. Red Asterisk is a line of beautiful and innovative products, inspired by world cultures and ancient spiritual beliefs, yet adapted to Western lifestyles. Red Asterisk products are available for sale at Alfalfa New York.

Daphne has been published in Switzerland and the US. In particular, her Feng Shui Desk Set was featured in 2009 in the Home section of The New York Times, under “Holiday Shopping.”

Gala Narezo

www.galanarezo.com

Photographer Gala Narezo specializes in social documentary. Through her unique blend of portraiture and interviews, she spotlights everyday citizens in diverse communities in cities around the world. Her portraits have been displayed at the United Nations, The Aspen Design Summit, and in exhibits in Poland, Mexico, and New York.

Both as a photographer and a United Nations NGO representative, Gala has spent the past decade chronicling global social issues in places as diverse as Hong Kong, Mexico, and Northern California. In 2005, she co-founded a documentary project titled “What Moves You?” It was designed to provoke dialogue for social change by presenting divergent viewpoints on international issues including human rights and the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals.

Gala is a graduate of Yale University and the Art Center College of Design. She and her husband are the parents of a daughter and divide their time between New York City and Mexico City.

Mattia Novello :: Designer & Photographer

www.whoistia.com

Mattia has a strange addiction. For the year he lived in New York he collected over 150 plastic shopping bags of all shapes, materials, and sizes.
His fascination with urban street culture started when he was a young graffiti artist using the biggest Italian cities as his canvasses. With a spray can in his hand, he felt he could express anything he wanted. Graffiti has allowed him to experience freedom.

As an artist, photographer and designer, his main influences have been fine art (especially Magritte), music, pop culture, and the energy of the streets where one can always find him with his camera in hand, ready to capture what his eyes see.

Mattia grew up in Castelfranco, Veneto, Italy. He graduated from the European Institute of Design in Milan with a degree in Visual Art. He has also studied fashion photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His fashion photography includes the shoot for the Latin Divas Collection at Alfalfa New York.

Giulia Piccari

www.giullipet.com

Born in Rimini, Italy, Giulia Piccari is a photographer who has been based in New York City since March 2007. Her work in New York has focused on photojournalism, but in her wider experience she has shot on movie sets, at fashion shows, and at concerts, including some really awesome backstage work.

Giulia studied photography at Westminster College in London and at the Photography Institute in Rome. In 2003 she won first prize in the Wind-Kodak Competition, for which Giuseppe Tornatore, the Italian film director, served as chairman for the judging.

Giulia’s work has been widely published online and in various magazines, including Onda TV, Altrementi, Coolissimo, and Next Exit. She has done extensive work for the Italian television channel RAI, shooting behind the scenes for its documentary Italia dei Porti and for its concert dedicated to the victims of 9/11.

SEEK

www.studioseek.se

Based in Göteborg, Sweden, SEEK is a trailblazing hybrid studio that combines photography, graphic design, art, and architecture. Collaborators Nina Gorfer, an Austrian, and Sarah Cooper, a Swedish-American, create new visual approaches that playfully blur the distinctions among conventional design media.

Nina and Sarah share a deep enthusiasm for inventing “worlds.” With their fusion of techniques, they create everything from supremely conceptual and anthropological visual novels and exhibitions (known as the SEEK Volumes), to enigmatic fashion shoots, to graphic corporate branding. Their projects require them to function not only as designers, photographers, and art directors, but also as researchers, writers, artists, and adventurers.

In the end, SEEK is a platform for intercultural experiences and visual storytelling, an imaginative place of exploration for the dichotomies and secrets that we all seek.

Christian Tuempling

www.tuempling.com

A native of Germany who was raised in France, Christian Tuempling learned photography while assisting advertising photographers in Amsterdam, London, Lyon, and New York. In the late 1980s, he moved to New York City, which he calls “a place of splendors and squalor, a city of miracles.”

Now based in Brooklyn, Christian has never surrendered the perspective of the outsider. His camera is focused on the world around him as much as on the world within him. Specializing in conceptual, fine arts, and still life photography, he is devoted to constructing images of a world beyond our understanding.

Christian’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries, and is included in the collections of the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Transit Museum, and various private and corporate collections. He is currently working on a book project depicting New York City and its relationship to the “natural environment.”