Intelligentsia Co-CEO Rob Buono’s Favorite Things

CRAFTS MAN: The stylish new co-CEO of the beloved coffee company tells us about items he loves—some of which he owns and others he is coveting right now.

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Gregory Lomayesva painting
GREGORY LOMAYESVA PAINTING
“The artist blended rejection letters from galleries that wouldn’t show his work into the background.”

 

Poetry Foundation Building
POETRY FOUNDATION BUILDING
“John Ronan’s new building (61 W. Superior St.) is a great addition to Chicago. The whole aesthetic is beautifully executed.”

 

'South with Endurance' book
SOUTH WITH ENDURANCE ($50, barnesandnoble.com)
“This book’s photography is of Ernest Shackleton’s almost 900 days on the ice pack—a remarkable story of perseverance in the days before Gortex, GPS, and sat phones.”

 

FOLSOM SKIS
FOLSOM SKIS ($1,200, folsomskis.com)
“Folsom makes custom skis. I’m intrigued with the idea of speaking to the craftsperson who is going to build them.”

 

JOURNEYMAN RYE WHISKEY
JOURNEYMAN RYE WHISKEY ($30, In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark St.)
“Two young guys opened an organic microdistillery in an old factory in Three Oaks, Michigan, making products that aren’t as homogeneous as other things on the shelves.”

 

Photography: (skis, whiskey, South with Endurance) courtesy of vendors; (painting) Anna Knott; Rendering: Courtesy of John Ronan Architects

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