DESU Design – David E. Scott
I began designing furniture at the age of 18 as means of improving life in a dorm room. 5 years and a BFA later, I ended up in Japan working with an international team of artists designing and building nightclubs by day, and inhabiting them by night. The learning curve was fast, steep, and a great deal of fun.
Upon returning to the states, I was accepted to the Master’s of Architecture program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). After the first year, I decided that borrowing $25,000 a year to build imaginary projects was not as much fun as doing the real thing. I convinced Lawrence (Larry) Scarpa, who had been an instructor for one of my classes to hire me to build some metal stairs for Pugh + Scarpa’s new office, and DESU was born. Much collaboration with the Pugh + Scarpa team followed, and other architects in the burgeoning vanguard of the LA architecture scene became clients. Paying the rent became less of a problem, and in the off hours, product ideas became realities and were tucked away for a future line.
In 2000, I moved to New York in order to develop the DESU line and bring it to market. DESU has been steadily growing ever since, and I look forward to working toward its continued expansion. My philosophy for the company has always been to build what we want, the best way possible. I spend a great deal of my time seeking out the highest quality materials and vendors that are masters of their discipline. Learning about new technologies and how we can incorporate them into our designs is one of my favorite pursuits, and keeps our ideas fresh. My goal for DESU is to continue on this trajectory of innovation and to above all else, enjoy doing it.
David E. Scott
DESU Design – Elizabeth Cordes
Originally from Saint Louis, Elizabeth started as a product development intern at DESU Design while she was working toward her Masters in Interior Architecture and Product Design at Kansas State University.
Elizabeth left DESU to complete her degree and is now currently working for herself. While with DESU, she worked most independently on the HUG, but her hand can be seen throughout the DESU pieces developed during her time here.
MAY Furniture – Travis James
Travis James, a craftsman and multidisciplinary artist, is the founder and designer for May Furniture Co. He was raised in Indianapolis, IN and graduated with a BA in Furniture Design from Herron School of Art and Design. He currently operates out of his Brooklyn workshop, drawing inspiration anywhere from architecture, family stories, circus imagery, to his Siamese cats. His creative endeavors stretch beyond furniture design, including photography, and graphic design. He also has a jewelry line called JAMES which can be seen at www.jamescollection.com
Pablo Designs – Fernando & Pablo Pardo
Pablo and his identical twin brother Fernando Pardo join forces to create Pixo, a one-of-kind LED lamp that is both personal, compact and infinitely adjustable. Since graduating from the University of Cincinnati’s renowned industrial design program in 1986, both have gained world-wide recognition for their unique and award-winning designs that balance simplicity of form with purpose and style. While Fernando’s career has focused on transportation and product design for BMW | Designworks in Los Angeles, Pablo has continued to embrace essential design while forming enduring collaborations with world-class designers that share his vision.
Pablo Designs – Dana Cannam
Dana Cannam (b.1980, Canada) received his Bachelors in Industrial Design at the University of Alberta in Canada in 2007 and his masters in Humanitarian Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2010. Upon graduation Dana established “Dana Cannam Design” based in Eindhoven, specializing in product and interaction design. “I am fascinated with the idea of simplicity in design and how this may translate to technical innovations in not only products but the digital realm as well. My methodology consists of a pragmatic hands-on approach to understanding traditional craftsmanship and how this perspective can be applied to new innovations in design.”
Pablo Designs – Peter Stathis
Peter Stathis is the principal leading Virtual Studio; a San Francisco based collaborative design licensing venture, as well as the former director of the world-renowned graduate design program at Cranbrook.
His work is included in the permanent collections of several museums nationally including The Cranbrook Art Museum, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
fruitsuper is a Seattle-based design studio founded in 2008. We are creators, thinkers, makers, teachers, solvers, and seekers. We design products that are a lot like us; a balance of fun and function. Our products are designed in Seattle and made in the USA.
Scott Henderson is an American designer who heads the New York based design studio Scott Henderson Inc. He is also Co-Founder of MINT, and now head of the new design brand– Scott Henderson™. His work has been sold in over 500 retailers and museums throughout the world including The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the London Design Museum. With over 50 patents in the U.S. and Europe for projects as diverse as housewares and home accessories to consumer electronics, and furniture, his work has been widely recognized in exhibitions, awards programs and in the press.
Established in 2012 by William Gittins, wstudiog is a design studio creating furniture and products using sustainable materials and processes. The work is inspired by nature’s elements and archetypal forms. Narrative is woven into the design process and the pieces often reflect the concept of their creation. Wstudiog works with manufacturers local to the buyer, currently in New York and London.
Alice Tacheny founded her studio in 2012 with a collection of furniture pieces that embody a clarity of form and understated grace. Since then she has added a small collection of useful and beautiful objects. Working out of her northern California studio, Alice experiments with raw materials and converging forms to create pieces with substance and permanence. Each piece is made in the San Francisco Bay area, either through collaboration with local crafts people or in the studio. Original photo credit: Ki Coale
Larch Wood Canada specializes in creating beautiful ‘end grain’ cutting boards handmade from Eastern Canadian Larch. The end grain construction of our boards provides a tough yet forgiving surface when it comes to your knife edges. We kiln dry all our lumber here at Larch Wood to our own specific parameters. This aids greatly in the stability of our boards.Last but not least the grain patterning of larch is very attractive. We put that to full use in our boards.
Larch Wood has a small but talented group of craftspeople. We have over 100 years of combined woodworking experience amongst us. Ingenuity and creativity best describe the crew’s qualities. Everyone has input in the design and process of all our products. We all live locally and are thrilled to have year work so we can raise our families here in beautiful Cape Breton.
OROPOPO – Ka’rolė Mazeika & Grady Jaynes
OROPOPO is husband and wife duo, Grady Jaynes and Ka’rolė Mazeika. In their New Mexico studio they combine new techniques with traditional materials to create objects inspired by mythologies and iconography of the American West.
Ka’rolė’s professional background in in architecture and engineering. The Oropopo name is from her birthplace on the coast of Venezuela. Grady is a native of New Mexico, a writer, and editor with an emphasis in desert literature.
“We have our own relationship to the land and culture and those indefinable qualities that are New Mexico and the Southwest. If we share anything with the creative work done in this region for thousands of years it would be the tradition of artists trying to make beautiful things that convey a sense of time and place we inhabit.”