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Phoebe Sung Peter Buer

Cold Picnic was formed in 2010 by partners Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer, both of whom have backgrounds in fine arts and worked in corporate fashion design - Sung as an apparel designer and Buer as a print designer. The pair met in Boston in 2006 while in school and have been living and working together ever since.

Deeply influenced by national parks, film, interior design and art, the couple began working on various side projects together in an effort to view traditional crafts filtered through modern sensibilities. Before long these projects coalesced into Cold Picnic, a line of textiles and home goods.  Cold Picnic’s work explores imagined and misremembered landscapes, and the effects of time and the elements upon their surfaces.

Sung and Buer design all Cold Picnic pieces from their Brooklyn studio and they work with artisans in India to produce their handmade rugs, quilts, and bathmats, and a family owned company in New Jersey to make their knit blankets.

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HERSELF

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KIT

baby peter
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THE GIRL

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ALI

sissy
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HOLLY

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HIMSELF

jamila
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THE SHEIK’s DAUGHTER

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HERSELF