Kristina Adduci is an art enthusiast, a mother of two, and founder of House of Puff, the one-stop-shop where all of your aesthetically-inclined cannabis dreams come true. Designed for the modern woman by the modern woman, HOP has managed to perfectly encapsulate the spirit and energy of the ever-evolving cultural landscape of cannabis—all with a distinctly feminine and chic curatorial edge.
In light of the new oHHo x House of Puff collaboration—our Saratoga Springs Lifter flower paired with the HOP original pipe and rolling papers—we thought we’d catch up with Adduci to talk retrofuturism, fate, and thriving as a woman in the male-dominated realm of cannabis. Read below.
If you were a plant, what plant would you be and why?
I’d be a delphinium. They’re vibrant and colorful, and one of my daughters’ middle names is Delphine, so I’m a little biased.
The cannabis industry has largely been a male-dominated space…until now. What has been your biggest challenge navigating this realm as a woman? Your biggest triumph?
My biggest challenge has been facing the undefined landscape of an industry that’s still partially under prohibition. That backdrop can make you feel like you need a massive war chest to navigate it, and, of course, white men have always had more access to those resources. My biggest triumph has been to simply identify that cannabis products have been way too masculine and counterculture for far too long. Like me, there’s an army of mainstream women who use cannabis and who want chic smoking accessories for it.
What is your daily wellness mantra and/or ritual?
I live and breathe by a daily routine. The first thing I do when I wake up is stretch and set my intentions for the day. I look at myself in the mirror and tell myself “it’s going to be a great f*cking day.” I make myself the strongest cup of coffee possible, wake up my girls, and then read the news.
One artist or art historical period that you are most influenced by?
I love Retrofuturism—it comes from my fascination with the Space Age, which started when the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1 was launched in 1957. I’m deeply inspired by depictions of space travel, otherworldly landscapes and architecture, and futuristic fashion designers like Pierre Cardin. That’s where things like House of Puff’s Galactic Rolling Papers come from, with their Jetsons-like holographic packaging.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice always comes from my mom. One in particular: Time is the only real currency you’ll ever have. Use it wisely.
Describe your brand philosophy in three words.
Sophisticated. Unapologetic. Liberated.
Fate or chance?
Fate gives you chances. You live with the choices you make in spite of your given fate. It’s up to you to take those chances and fulfill your destiny.
One memory that instantly makes you smile?
The moment I found out I was pregnant with my twins. Sometimes I’ll lay in bed, and watch. It’s incredible to relive the moment that changed my life. I actually posted some of it on my instagram.
Does life imitate art or does art imitate life?
Art imitates life. Artists reveal something profound about the human experience. That can be taking something we feel and expressing it with a new clarity. Or it can be revealing a whole new point of view. Visual art often gets written off as something totally high brow. But the best art speaks to everyone because it transcends language and culture to get right to the heart of the human condition. There’s a reason why the saying, “a picture says a thousand words” rings so true. Look at the Sistine Chapel. When you’re in Rome staring up at it, you’re surrounded by people from every walk of life. They’re all there because it’s so universally awe-inspiring. And, because of that, it’s stood the test of time through massive cultural shifts.
Define the modern woman.
She’s unapologetically herself—fierce, optimistic, and stylish. All the while fighting the patriarchy and ensuring that our stories are heard. She advocates not only for herself, but for other women. She’s a graceful crusader.
What is the relationship between aesthetic and culture?
I think that your culture informs your aesthetic—it’s that whole beauty is in the eye of the beholder thing. What you experience everyday determines what you find most appealing. Also, the more you understand something, the more beautiful it becomes to you. I think we’re seeing an incredibly clear example of that right now in the wake of George Floyd. Polarization is really just about being scared of people who are different from you. But the pandemic cleared away life’s distractions to allow more people to really see each other. Seeing each others’ cultures builds understanding, and understanding always feeds appreciation.