Santa's new sled. My original handwritten caption reads "This is santas new sled. Its got 4-wheel drive, its bullet proof, can go through six feet of water or snow, its got a v-10 18-cylinder engine, dual exhaust, leather interior, 24-inch rims with tank tires, and a nitro boost for when santas running late. Santas sled also includes an $800 Alpine CD player, 4 20-inch Rockford Fosgate sub woofers and 4 Alpine 8x9's." I think I was about eight years old when I wrote this. As a creative person, I am always asked where my talent comes from? I won't go so far as to say that I was born with it, but I believe that it developed from my earliest experiences. I remember my first exposure to design. It was the take-apart-station in my developmental first grade class. I disassembled a toaster and was convinced that the copper wire I took out was worth more than the toaster itself. I used it to make a small wire sculpture. Looking back, I am so thankful that I grew up in an environment that fostered creative play.
My design philosophy is one of continual exploration. Everything I do is motivated by curiosity. Design allows me to fulfill my curiosity. The aim of my work is to instill that same curiosity into others by creating works that defy preconceived notions about everyday objects. The ability to make someone say, "Wow!" is one element a designer really influences. I believe we are moving into an era where design will become more and more of a social medium, fueled by the rise of social commerce, wireless connectivity, and soon to be 3-D printers. As more companies adopt design thinking into their business models, so too will be the increase and availability of the design process to the general public. This is an exciting time, but it means that a designer must stand above the competition. My skill, craft, and lifetime of acquired knowledge help me to push my work beyond the norm.
Just above 19,000 ft. while climbing Mt. Cotopaxi in Ecuador, the world's tallest active volcano.
I believe that we are all a reflection of our own experiences. I travel the world taking in as much as I can. I then draw on these experiences in my everyday life. I would consider myself a true traveler. I love the place I am now, and I'm always looking forward to the place I will be next. For an example of how I incorporate my travel experiences into design, take a look at my mobile communication for Africa project.
True genius and a meticulous eye for detail with an ability to foresee the future of technology.
At one point, I tried to learn and do everything in the world. I came close, but realized I could never compete with him.
Furniture is my passion. That says it all.
Simplicity in form and function at its best. He had a way of just clearing away the debris and showing you the beauty of what was left.
The man behind the scenes. Mid-century modern furniture would not be what it was without this man. He possessed an uncanny ability to recognize talent and potential.
A key in the revival of British furniture. He is a true maker at heart with the ability to design not just for today's industry but for tomorrow as well.
Believes in the value of design and business. His conglomerate company Virgin Group stresses one thing, it's all about the customer.