A Day In the Life Of The Brothers Mueller

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The Brothers Mueller are two of the many design-related wonders that Max has introduced to my life. Last year when we were all drooling over Martha Stewart’s gorgeous digital iPad publication ‘Boundless Beauty’, Max pointed out that The Brothers Mueller were part of the team that designed it. . That lead to me falling into a black hole of beautiful websites and apps that The Brothers Mueller, aka Kirk and Nate Mueller, had designed. Kirk and Nate are often known for looking (and dressing) exactly alike, but their truly beautiful and sophisticated work (they’ve worked with Condé Nast, the Guggenheim Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Newsweek, Google, NARS and Core77) as the principals of Studio Mercury stands on its own. So I was so excited to get a peek inside their daily life for today’s column. The brothers explained, “It’s hard to let people into our personal life to see some of the things we don’t regularly share on social media, so we asked our creative partner, Lucas Roy, to follow us around to document our day. Lucas is more than a business partner to us, we consider him our brother.” A big thank you to the three brothers for letting us peek inside the lives of two of the most talented minds in the design community. xo, grace

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Name: The Brothers Mueller
Location: Brooklyn
Job/Title: Digital Dandies, Principals of Studio Mercury
Years Working: 6 years (12 years combined)
Favorite Things About Our Job:
We’re inspired daily by the talented people we collaborate with.
Working with a close knit studio that supports each other.
The best part is that we get to work together every day.

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Good Morning.

One of us makes the coffee while the other prepares breakfast. We’ve been trying to perfect our doughnut recipe but some days we enjoy researching. These doughnuts come from down the street at one of our favorite places for brunch, 606 R&D.

Once coffee is ready we sit back and talk through our schedule for the day.

Choosing an outfit is always a collaboration. The mixing of patterns always causes a stir in this closet.

Quickly checking our e-mail on the way to the next meeting.

William Kaner, the head of the film department, shows us the storyboard of the upcoming music video he’s working on with Sacco.

Lunch meeting with Michele Outland and Fiorella Valdesolo who produce the inspiring bi-annual recipe-driven magazine Gather Journal. We’re showing them an early prototype of the iPad / iPhone app we’ve been developing.

On the train into the studio. We enjoy our train commutes because they give us time off the grid where we can collect our thoughts.

Weekly studio meeting with everyone at Mercury. From left: Aimee Pong design intern, Henry Freedland Digital Producer, Lucas Roy Principal/Creative Director.

Coffee and chocolate breaks play an important role in keeping us going throughout the day. One of our favorite places, Stumptown Coffee, is down the street from the studio at Ace Hotel.

Our working process is so intertwined that when we hit a wall with something we swap files to get a different perspective.

We made it a goal last year to reach out and meet up with some of our favorite people on Instagram. Patrick Janelle (art director, party maker, and man about town) was the first person we met and it’s always a treat to catch up with him over drinks and hear about the things he’s doing.

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  1. Always so proud of you, K & N. Love this day-in-the-life look!

  2. Kaelyn says:

    What an awesome duo. Loved drooling, I mean looking, at some of their incredible work.

  3. Leslie says:

    I can’t wait to see the digital Gather Journal! I know it’ll be stunning. Loved this day-in-the-life, really inspiring.

  4. Adam says:

    I met these two at a party Patrick Janelle hosted, and they are wonderful! Love seeing what they’re up to online.

  5. Nina says:

    You guys are coming up with some columns! Love this one! I read about these guys in the NYT a few months ago and thought they were so fascinating, simply because they’re twins and can work so well together. I love that they swap files when they hit a wall while working. Brilliant!

  6. Martha says:

    Fascinating duel. Work is incredible. Great portrait!

  7. PERRY MUELLER says:

    I think these guys are great but, I might be a little partial! Because they are MINE!!

  8. rachel says:

    These photos are great.

  9. Anthony says:

    The closet shot kills me. Matching outfits organized in twos: too cute.

  10. Kim says:

    They are killin’ me with the double suits in the closet. Would they teach me how to be that organized :-)

  11. Missy Salmon says:

    Two kids playing on our porch with my kids the day we moved in next door, 20 years ago. Great work guys. I enjoy reading the articles about you and your NYC life!


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