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I fled the sprawling suburbs of Orange County, CA in 1997 to pursue a Bachelor's of Architecture at UC Berkeley. Graduating just as the tech bubble burst in 2001, I decided to head to Denmark to continue my studies and focus on furniture design. After three years of study and travel I came back to the Bay Area to attend the California College of Art in San Francisco where I received a Master's degree in Design. I spent most of my time at CCA in the wood shop where I focused on combining the craftsmanship of handmade studio furniture with the design principles of modernism. From 2007 to 2013 I owned and operated a wood and metal fabrication studio in Los Angeles where I designed and built custom furniture for a wide range of clients.
Searching for a reprieve from the traffic and heat of LA, my wife, Tess, and I relocated to Northeast Portland in the winter of 2013 where we now operate a full service design/build studio. Occasionally, I also teach a furniture design course through the Interior Architecture program at the University of Oregon.
While in architecture school, I developed a profound respect for the clear logic and power of the early Modernists but overall, the work of mid-century Danish furniture designers like Hans Wegner, Poul Kjærholm, and Børge Mogensen has influenced me most. Like them, I focus heavily on craftsmanship and material selection without straying too far from Modern ideals concerning form and function. I create furniture that will withstand the test of time, both stylistically and structurally, while enriching the lives and environments of those who use it. I design and build for the individual.