Here, we ask designers to take a selfie and give us an inside look at their life.
Hometown: North Haven, ME
Studio location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Describe what you make: Furniture, interiors, and the occasional installation project.
The most important thing you’ve designed to date: A sled for my son. It’s designed for steep wooded areas. We are currently in need of snow. Also my recent collection of fiberglass furniture.
Describe the problem your work solves: That’s a tough one. I’m focused on the needs of the user when I approach a project. The problems I’m often looking at are legroom, comfort, and durability. A misplaced table leg is a real annoyance to live with, but do I feel like I’m solving real problems right now? We have some big problems. I’m at heart a problem solver and that’s a big part of why I love designing. We’re at a real turning point where the way we live is going to start to change one way or another, and this will be seen in our homes as much as anywhere else. As designers, this gives us a huge opportunity and responsibility to design that future and make it more enticing than our unsustainable present.
Describe the project you are working on now: I’m very excited about an outdoor hospitality project we’re working on. There’s a pool involved. I prototype all my work initially, but a larger project really develops relationships with manufacturers. Those relationships and learning best practices can be so crucial for your design process.
A new or forthcoming project we should know about: My newest piece of furniture is an exclusive for the Moda Operandi trunk sale that is up now in conjunction with Sight Unseen. We’ve made a stool version of our Monitor bench with bolsters covered in velvet.
What you absolutely must have in your studio: My creative director Marie Garnier. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know when to stop.
What you do when you’re not working: I’m a dad to a very sweet 14 year old. We do stuff.
Sources of creative envy: Breuer, Bill Moss, Bower, Beetlejuice, boats.
Concrete or marble? Concrete.
High-rise or townhouse? Townhouse.
Remember or forget? Forget.
Aliens or ghosts? Ghosts.
Dark or light? Light.