The Chronicle

Under the Influence: Pete Oyler and Henry Julier


For the at-home smoker, air-tight storage is key: It preserves the freshness of your smoking material, and keeps ambient odor to a minimum. So when we set out to create the perfect storage jar, we knew it couldn't just look pretty on the shelf — it had to work flawlessly, too. That's when we called in our friends Pete Oyler and Henry Julier for the job. The two designers began collaborating in 2016, united by their shared love for functionality, simplicity, research, and designing for mass-production. They make products that are both smart and beautiful, and their Cache Jar for Tetra ($25-35) is no exception. It's spacious inside, comes in two useful sizes, has an oversized concave lid that's visually striking and easy to grip, and utilizes a silicone ring for a tight seal.

We asked the duo to introduce themselves so that our followers could get to know them a little bit better. They put their heads together and shared with us 5 of their biggest influences, both as designers and as people. Read on to see their picks!

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Pete and Henry's influences: 1. Ruth Bader Ginsberg

"Ruth Bader Ginsberg lived a bold, purposeful life. A pivotal feminist, RBG transformed our laws and our way of life. Her unwavering commitment to equality and civil liberties should inspire us all."

2. Nature

"Henry and I both have a great respect for the natural world — its beauty, surprises, and power. As fires and storms rage across the U.S. and the global climate continues to radically shift, it’s more important than ever to remember that we all have a responsibility to our planet." —Pete

3. Charlotte Perriand

"We both love Charlotte Perriand's work for its efficient use of materials and its functionality — something we aspire to in our collaborative work, and definitely in the design and development of our Cache Jars. Perriand’s work is eternally relevant, and while women continue to be woefully underrepresented in furniture design, her influence in shaping 20th-century design can not be overstated."

4. Bikes

"Pete and I both share a love of bikes and riding them. Back in the mid '90s, before high school and before I knew what design was, I discovered mountain biking and pored over catalogs I'd collect from local shops. This carbon fiber wheel from 1994 is a great example of that era, before computers and performance analysis took the fun out of it." —Henry 

5. Herman Miller Action Office 2 

"Designed by Robert Propst in 1968, the Action Office 2 (AO2) paved the way for a total restructuring of the white-collar work environment. While humanistic in ambition, the AO2 is also a cautionary tale — it led to the cubicle. AO2 is a reminder of the many ways in which designers are just one part of the larger system that we all live in, interact with, and shape."