American Design Hot List 2016
New York, bbtcreative.com
Working primarily in plywood, the Pratt grad filters Postmodernism, from Memphis to Enzo Mari, through the lens of contemporary design.
What is American design to you, and what excites you about it?
There is so much opportunity right now for people to quickly call up previous ideas, practices, and theories, learn from them, and make their own new branch in design history. Due to the availability of information, I think the boundaries of design are being stretched further than they ever have before. The interesting thing about “American Design” is that it is huge catchall, spanning from the technology and engineering of industrial processes to a nearly purely artistic practice. In that, I think I’m most excited about the current group of artists who are using furniture design as their reference point, as well as those trained as designers who are making one-off, process-based pieces and installations that are often more conceptual than a manufacturable design.
What are your plans and highlights for the upcoming year?
While I’m not exactly sure what the next year brings, I continue to have new work and projects to keep me busy. I don’t want to jinx anything that hasn’t happened yet, so…¯\_(ツ)_/¯
What inspires or informs your work in general?
The things people make and the processes people come up with to “get it done” when nobody’s looking. Moreso than a final piece, I’m often intrigued by those things made by the designer while still working out a final object. They have such a unique aesthetic; there is something entirely genuine and authentic about the material study someone makes, or the prototype made when still exploring a form.