The Design Studio and Playlist of
One by Four

The Design Studio and Playlist of
One by Four

Gregory Han
Aug 29, 2012

One by Four is a design studio and collaborative comprised of four friends: Brian Haines, Alejandra Abad, Natasha Maria Fernandez-Fountain, and Bruno Torquato. The partners met in high school and wanted to create a collective for their creative projects. Bouncing between Brooklyn and Ft. Lauderdale, One by Four serves as a design hub for sharing everything from fonts and custom Tumblr themes to monthly mixtapes -- making this studio the perfect candidate for this week's Playlist. Take a listen.

What do you listen to while you work?
Between the four of us, we listen to anything from 90′s hip-hop, samba, and dream pop to psychedelia and any songs from emerging bands we can find.

How do you listen?
Depending on what project we’re working on, we typically just listen from our computer speakers. If the urge arises, we’ll load up an iPod and listen through a sound system for an impromptu dance party.

Do you have any favorite music websites/providers?
We have an endless rotation of music websites and blogs we visit daily. Probably way too many to list. However, a recent favorite is Ten Songs a Week. Their selection of such eclectic music continually blows us away.

Does music influence your work?
Music is one of the biggest influences for our work for obvious reasons. Making our own monthly mixtapes has allowed us to combine our obsession with discovering new music and using that to create art for the covers. We’ve also dabbled in making our own music, with Bruno moonlighting as one half of Stepghost.

Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste?
Recommendations come from all over. We have a great core of music-loving friends and family. Quite often we’ll discover music organically — perhaps hearing a great new artist at the local coffee shop or bar.

What song or artist best represents the work you create?>
Artist and musician (Tycho) Scott Hansen is a great source of inspiration. Not only does he create beautiful music, but as equally, beautiful art. I think if we were musicians we would take a cue from him.

Ideal place to sit and listen to your playlist:
The Nelson Marshmallow Sofa. Its playful styling is a perfect match for our playful mix. It’s classic yet fun with plenty of room for a friend or two to listen along.


1. I Want More, Can

2. The Reflection of You, Bear In Heaven

3. Reunion, M83

4. There’s No Blood in Bone, The Poppy Family

5. That’s All For Everyone, Tame Impala

6. Make Up Your Mind, Here We Go Magic

7. Wow and Flutter, Stereolab

8. Snowflake, Malachai

9. Hail Bop, Django Django

10. Dayvan Cowboy, Boards of Canada

11. Genesis, Grimes

12. ?v=CR9fON2mSaA" target="_blank">Loving You (Sometimes), The Outcasts

(Photos: One by Four)

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