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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Christopher House logo

CHRISTOPHER HOUSE
“I’ve been involved with the organization pretty much since I moved to Chicago, mainly the early childhood component from birth to five years old. It’s a wonderful place with unbelievably dedicated staff.”

 

Otis, Buono's chocolate lab
CHOCOLATE LAB PUPPY OTIS
“Other than a brief time in college and some time after that, I’ve always had a dog. If we didn’t live in the city, I’d have five of them.”

 

Architectural plans of Granor Farm Buildings
ARCHITECTURAL PLANS OF GRANOR FARM BUILDINGS
“Dan is an immensely creative and talented architect, one of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. I find these drawings interesting because they mix the new and old. These new contemporary buildings are conceived from hand-produced drawings, which is now a rarity.”

 

Cook's knife
WUSTHOF KNIFE (TRADITIONAL STYLE)
“Growing up, we had a knife very similar to it, but I’m not sure what happened to it. This more or less replaced it, and it has a great balance.”

 

'Habitat Machines' by David Trautrimas
THE DAVID TRAUTRIMAS’S HANDMADE BOOK
“In Santa Fe, there’s a very small gallery that primarily exhibits photography next to a coffeeshop we like to go to. I just thought his work was very unusual and unique, the way he takes modern or common day appliances and transforms them into buildings through photography.”

 

Photography: (logo, knife) courtesy of vendors; (all others) Anna Knott

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