"Jeremy Correnti Wood is a multidisciplinary designer and curator whose work explores spacial design and presentation. Originally from Swampscott, MA, he now resides in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he received a BFA in sculpture. He has been an amazing confidant since I have arrived in New York, and for that I love and cherish him."
1. How do you think food and intimacy relate?
Something as simple as grabbing a nice bottle of wine and cuddling up on the couch with a lover or friend to throwing a dinner party. There is no doubt that food brings us together, but I think it really comes down to taking the time to stop, engage, and enjoy the company you are surrounded with.
2. There is a bit of vulnerability that comes with intimacy. How do you think vulnerability allows for us to grow as individuals? How are you vulnerable in your day to day?
For most of us, I don't think being vulnerable comes natural, especially living in New York city. There are times when I feel I always have my guard up and armor on. As an artist/designer, it is important for me that I drop that guard and armor when I'm in the process of making. This is even more true when collaborating. I find myself working more and more with other creative minds, and being able to be vulnerable in these situations has definitely allowed for my work to grow in unforeseen directions, while also making me a better collaborator.
3. You're studying interior design now. How do you think food contributes to atmospherics and the interior of a home?
Food is a central component within our daily lives. It is a necessity and this in turn makes it a great subject to design around. I really love designing experiential spaces. I threw a dinner party once for a friend in my first apartment where I had a table long enough to fit ten people per side and hung these fluorescent lights right at eye level when you were seated. They were the only lights that were turned on and I put red jells on them too. Every one looked like they were under some sort of weird grow lamp, and the furthest thing in the room that you could see was everyone else sitting at the table. It felt like a super villain meet up supper club. Everyone loved it and it is crazy intimate experiences like that, that I really enjoy designing.
4. What's your idea of an intimate setting?
Good friends and enough wine to talk late into the night. Some nice cheese and bread doesn't hurt either!
"There is no doubt that food brings us together, but I think it really comes down to taking the time to stop, engage, and enjoy the company you are surrounded with."
5. You have a more conceptual approach to interior design. Your work is quirky, outlandish, and fucking amazing. What about food, do you think, makes its a creative outlet?
It honestly took me awhile to really start enjoying cooking. I think I started out by mainly cooking for myself, so I never really took the time to experiment in the kitchen. My partner use to work for a chef in Copenhagen, so he has been great at inspiring me to be more creative and adventurous. Now I really enjoy cooking. Especially for others. I feel now it is just another way of making while giving me an extra outlet to be creative in.
6. And finally, tell us about an intimate experience you had over a meal?
Hmmm.... I feel like I've had so many! I know thats one reason why I like the city so much. Its really easy to find a spot to just hang out and talk.
I just had some one ask me if I was interviewing them minutes after we just met, but I really love listening to people though and hearing their stories or ideas.......And there is not a single person here that doesn't like talking about themselves given the opportunity.