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
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.