b. Detroit 1977
Chad grew up just outside the city of Detroit and spent much of his youth exploring its distinctive urban dynamics. He was deeply influenced by the city’s sprawling industrial landscape and became captivated by materials and the manufacturing process. He recalls countless hours at the Detroit Institute of Arts and credits Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes for shaping his vision of the manufactured process as art.
A graduate of Detroit’s acclaimed College for Creative Studies, Chad nurtured his creativity under renowned industrial designers and American modern masters in the studio arts; receiving a formal education in wood, metals, hot glass, ceramics, and fibers. In 2003 he became one of the first graduates of a groundbreaking new curriculum designed to integrate fine art and industrial design.
Chad continues to redefine the manufactured process as art and has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. He is a mastery level woodworker and fine furniture maker, representing over 20 years of mixed-media design and manufacturing experience. In September 2011 he was honored as one of the first North Americans to participate in the Shanghai Art Fair, China.
In May 2014 he designed and launched the Versailles Collection for Thomas Riley Studio during New York Design Week at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
“The core principal of my work is to cross-pollinate fine art with design. As a maker I emphasize the contextual importance of craft and material as it relates to concept and execution. I explore furniture as a more tactile and experiential art form that challenges conventional function, resulting in uniquely physical and visual experiences. My work often embodies a tension between actual or implied function, furniture or art…”
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[Headshot courtesy of Mila Bridger Photography]