Here, we ask designers to take a selfie and give us an inside look at their life.
Occupation: Furniture designer.
Hometown: Paia, HI.
Studio location: Los Angeles.
Describe what you make: Heirloom concrete furniture with non-corrosive exoskeletons.
The most important thing you’ve designed to date: Haha, important? A ping-pong table.
Describe the problem your work solves: Lifeless temporary furniture that’s designed to be thrown away with the change of seasons.
Describe the project you are working on now: A game room for a very nice client in Austin that will include our ping-pong table, 20-foot shuffleboard table, and a billiard table.
A new or forthcoming project we should know about: Maybe doing a crazy underwater art installation at the Flatiron Plaza in New York City in May for Design Pavilion. Wanna sponsor my “Save Mother” deep-sea installation for $500,000?
What you absolutely must have in your studio: High-def soundsystem, a few half-concocted projects to keep my head moving, and no clutter. Clutter is the death of my creativity. This doesn’t mean I can’t have a little mess here and there, just not a bunch of crap sitting around that’s filling up my head space.
What you do when you’re not working: Daily dog walks with my dog, Nala. Working in the garden with my love, Dot. Slaying 13-15-year-olds in online MOBA games.
Sources of creative envy: Angelo Mangiarotti. This guy taught me how to use the weight of my material to my advantage. Rothko/Kline paintings; it’s hard to explain these, but they just are what they are. Retna: We were close friends for a while, and he has a good eye.
The distraction you want to eliminate: My concept of self. Wealth.
Concrete or marble? Marble.
High-rise or townhouse? Gross.
Remember or forget? Forget.
Aliens or ghosts? Aliens.
Dark or light? Dark.