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5 Questions with Furniture Designer Sean Woolsey

Briar Davis | August 3, 2018 | Feature Features

Known for his impeccably crafted leather chairs, multifunctional tables and sleek game room pieces, furniture designer and artist Sean Woolsey is celebrating the debut of his first showroom in Costa Mesa.
The namesake mastermind behind Sean Woolsey Studio poses in front of the Woolsey pingpong table, $9,550.

How did you fall into furniture design?
My father was a photographer and had a huge influence on me creatively. I grew up making things, from skateboard ramps to my own clothing. At 22, I started working for Hurley, and after two years, I began focusing on making art and slowly fell in love with woodworking and furniture design. Now I solely produce my own designs, and everything is made within 35 miles of our studio in Costa Mesa.

What inspires you?
So many different things: people like Sam Maloof to Philip Morley to Jay Nelson; jazz music; surfing; traveling; the construction of a bridge; the detail of a leaf.

What’s your creative process like?
It usually starts with drawing quick ideas in my notebook before moving to full-scale paper and revising as needed. From there, we create a full-size prototype in cheap wood, work out the kinks and then build the design in the final material. Finally, we hold a photo shoot and launch the product. Right now, we’re working on an outdoor shuffleboard table, a collapsible pong table and a couch.

Your collection is extensive. What’s your favorite piece?
That is so tough, but I really love the Dreamer’s Chair.

Lastly, what can people expect from your new showroom?
A beautiful space that is a fun representation of the work we make and shares a glance at the people behind the brand. Eventually, I would love to carry other people’s works that I admire. I just need a bigger showroom!


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