Here, we ask designers to take a selfie and give us an inside look at their life.
Occupation: Lighting designer.
Hometown: West Chester, PA.
Studio location: Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Describe what you make: I make objects that react beautifully to all types of light, not just the source they’ve been assigned.
The most important thing you’ve designed to date: My iron-cast glass. I spent years trying to figure out how to texturize glass in a way that is, at least partially, free of my influence. My process encourages the creation of random flaws, giving us a final casting that allows the light to surprise us with what it finds.
Describe the problem your work solves: My background as a designer and rigger in the live entertainment industry has enabled me to create pieces that are easily adjustable and customizable. Because of its two-dimensional nature, the Beacon Pendant can easily be styled as a sconce where a traditional sconce can’t be hung, like in front of a window or a fresco. A group of them can form a curtain or a room divider. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the stylists come up with.
Describe the project you are working on now: This Sketches in Situ series, where I shut out the world and draw just like I did when I was a teenager.
A new or forthcoming project we should know about: It’s a little early, but I’m carving out time and resources to expand my glass into three-dimensional space. Experiments in centrifugal casting are on the table, which I think I get to build a machine.
What you absolutely must have in your studio: A case of Modelo. Silence.
What you do when you’re not working: Surf the Rockaways.
Sources of creative envy: I jump from crush to crush like a schoolgirl. Currently the ceramicist Matthew Chambers keeps me up at night. Eternally, Vincenzo de Cotiis and Libensky and Brychtova. Kanye West deserves a mention (I know I know). He designed the Saint Pablo tour from the bottom up. Whenever I look at that rig, I question every choice I’ve ever made.
The distraction you want to eliminate: Distractions are what got me here. Wanna ride bikes?
Concrete or marble? Concrete.
High-rise or townhouse? Highfalutin low-rise.
Remember or forget? Remember.
Aliens or ghosts? Aliens.
Dark or light? Dark.