I am a designer and maker based in New York City, working from an industrial studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I spend a lot of time in museums thinking about the progression of the things we make. Primarily I'm interested in decorative arts, an admittedly unfashionable term in an age of products and commerce, and one that we don't often hear applied to contemporary work. I came to the idea that instead of aiming for a factory-made appearance, I could leave my hand visible in every object I make. I use materials and techniques that promote subtle variances, such as hand-dying leather, or rubbed patina solutions on polished metal. Not always immediately obvious, these choices give depth and character to otherwise pure geometry.
The concept behind my "Series" collections (beginning with Series 01 lamps) is to establish a set of rules, such as a group of materials or techniques, culminating in one first prototype. Those rules are then applied to a family of objects, each expressing that form with varying sizes or functions, often responding to customers' requests and ideas. My ambition is to create new Series indefinitely. Every lamp is made by me, in my studio, from beginning to end. They are stamped with a trademark and unique manufacturing number. Occasionally I am commissioned to design larger furniture pieces that I have fabricated by trusted woodworkers, upholsterers, metalworkers, or stone cutters.
I received a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design from the rigorous and professionally immersive program at the University of Cincinnati. I’ve worked in many facets of housewares design, residential and commercial interiors, and custom furniture fabrication since 2004.
My work is also available and on display through the following partnerships:
FAIR, 200 Lexington Ave. Suite 601, New York, NY 10016, tel. (212) 352-9615 www.fair-design.com
STAHL + BAND, 2308 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, tel. (424) 228-4134 www.stahlandband.com