ADDRESS Interview with Autonomous Furniture.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. Autonomous Furniture is a design build furniture company known for a unique contemporary west coast aesthetic. Known for mixed mediums such as wood / steel/ acrylic / concrete. Autonomous was recognized as the 2016 One to Watch with Western Living Magazine.
Describe your creative process. The process always involves a pencil and paper. I will often have small samples of the material choices such as species of wood and steel. Comparing the tactile nature and contrast. I’ll typically build small scale models with cardboard or tenplast, taping out scale on the walls in our studio. I prefer hands on approach rather than computer aided. Once the design is dialed, we will draw and 3d render. All the while, insanely loud Jazz music is playing!
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? The creative block is typically an internal argument as to the best direction to solve a problem. I’ll often lean towards car design to experience shapes and layers. I’ll look towards architecture when challenged for composition and material choice. Stress and time limits usually will get you past any crux.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Architect Bjarke Ingels said, “Design meets at the corner of creative and commerce. “ We are no longer in the furniture business, we are a technology and marketing company. You can have the most wonderful products in the world but if no one knows then you won’t have a sustainable business model.
What’s your dream project? We are working on it right now. A public space project, the architect and owner issued us autonomous control over creativity. The furniture for this space will be enjoyed by employees and the public.
What art / design trends are you excited about? The epa reports that approximately 10 million tons of furniture is thrown away each year, I’m excited to witness first hand new generations interested in purchasing furniture that will last lifetimes and have properties that are easily refreshed rather than discarded. This is definitely something we think about during the design build process.