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!