Our Designers

 

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David Allan Pesso
Principal, New Studio, LLC

Few young industrial designers have achieved as high a level of success as David Allan Pesso. An accomplished industrial designer, David has licensed more than 300 original furniture designs in the U.S. and Europe. The eleven design patents and numerous product design awards he has earned including IIDA, Design Journal ADEX and Best of NeoCon®, are a testament to his talent.

David’s philosophy is that less truly is more, and he revels in the challenge of successfully “arriving at more with less.” He believes that the destination (finished product) is simply a result of the journey (design process), and it is the journey that evokes the greatest challenge and emotional charge in him. His voracious appetite for information about architecture, materials and processes, politics, people, fashion, music and travel ignites his creativity.

A deep interest in forming and maintaining lasting personal and working relationships is another of David’s passions. His relationships with various manufacturers are founded on his acute attention to detail and the desire to create timeless, elegant, functional furnishings that are manufacturable, profitable and desirable.

David’s initial professional experience was diverse, ranging from designing retail storefronts to fixtures, to architectural signage, to millwork, to exhibit design and limited production “art furniture.” Ultimately, his love of and talent for industrial design led him to become a partner and president of Advent Studio, Inc., Hartford, CT. For the past fifteen years David has been the sole proprietor and managing principal of New Studio, LLC a boutique industrial design/consulting firm specializing in product development and branding for the contract furniture industry.

David received his training as an industrial designer, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree through the industrial design department of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). His studies with professor and department head Craig McArt, along with his exposure to Wendell Castle, a respected designer/sculptor widely known as “an originator of art furniture,” and the work being produced under Mr. Castle’s guidance at the School of American Craftsmen (SAC), inspired his career in furniture design. David worked his way through college as a waiter and simultaneously as an intern within the engineering department of a local contract furniture manufacturer Hardwood House. These experiences taught him that combining his love of industrial design with his persistent and determined work ethic could produce innovative designs reflecting the essence of his artistry.

Charlie Kane

Charlie Kane has developed a reputation for his unique design solutions in carpet, casegoods and seating collections. His collaborations with some the most prestigious companies have resulted in numerous awards from a variety of institutions.

In 2001, he was enlisted by Shaw Contract to design, what was to become, the very successful Dressed to Kill collection and subsequently other equally significant Shaw collections which resulted in four consecutive Best of NeoCon awards. Since then, he has continued to win NeoCon and other awards for his product designs, which have expanded to include casegoods, conference collections, seating and cast glass.

Charlie received his BS in Interior Design from the University of Texas, San Antonio. In 2005, he established XLG and in 2011 became the sole principal of XLG Design, in which he continues to collaborate with several renowned firms.

Michael Wolk
President and Creative Director, Michael Wolk Design Associates

While attending Pratt Institute, Michael Wolk designed and built some of the furnishings for Legendary Musician John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Studio. Working for JOKO Recording Studio decided his future. In 1973, he graduated from Pratt with honors and with the determination to design interiors and furniture for those with the same passion for art as his most famous client.

Wolk spent the next two years designing and building furniture and furnishings for mostly Latin American Clientele in Miami.

In 1975, Wolk realized that he needed fresh ideas and inspiration. Wolk began to travel, first throughout the United Stated, going as far as San Francisco and Hawaii and eventually around the World, to Fiji and New Zealand. As he traveled, he continued to design and to work for client's employing local artisans to build his current projects.

In 1976, Michael Wolk returned to the United States, re-established his design company and then he merged his firm with that of two other Pratt Graduates. For the next eight years he was a principal in one of Florida's Premier Graphic, Interior and Industrial firms. The firm continued to expand over the years, finally employing twenty-five designers and support staff.

Eventually Wolk chose to re-open his own design firm. Michael Wolk Design Associates. As the president and Creative Director, Wolk is involved with the creations of every design for every client. He and his staff of talented designers provide comprehensive design services for clients throughout Europe, Latin America, The Caribbean as well as here in the United States.

From John Lennon, to the Warner Brothers film "Batman Returns", Wolk's client list include names known worldwide. He has designed Country Clubs and Resorts, Restaurants and Epicurean Grocery Stores, Banks and Law Firms, as well as residences and sailing yachts.

He has designed licensed products for racecar champion, Emerson Fitipaldi.

The ABC television series "Grapevine" shot its pilot show at Wolk's home and incorporated his furniture designs in key scenes. (The show didn't last, but the coffee table still sells well)!

He has won commissions for Art in Public Places in Florida & Maryland.

Michael Wolk's work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and books. Wolk has authored a coffee table book entitled "Designing for the Table." He continues to work, teach and lecture about his passion. "DESIGN"

David Dahl

David Dahl is an independent designer who has created numerous seating designs for Campbell Contract, including Cypress, Arlington, Riviera, and Fairmont. Dahl received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati in 1984. After graduation, he spent two years designing toys at a consulting office in Venice, California. Even as he attended school and designed toys, the Ohio native devoted any free hours to designing and building furniture.

In 1986, Dahl joined John Caldwell Design in Pasadena, California. Over the next few years, he worked on a variety of contract furniture projects with clients that included Thonet, Arcadia, and Condi.

In 1992, Dahl branched out on his own, designing and building custom residential and office furniture. The custom work was augmented by contract seating design, and, in Dahl's opinion, directly benefited the contract projects by giving him a hands-on foundation in structure and assembly.

Dahl has since developed numerous designs for the contract market and has worked with many leading manufacturers.

Dahl goes to great lengths to ensure seating comfort. He believes that if a chair doesn't sit well, then it cannot be considered a successful design.

Ken Reinhard

Reinhard’s award-winning designs are distinguished by their simplicity, timeless elegance and crisp contemporary lines. Manufactured by many of the most well known producers of contract furniture in the United States, Canada and Italy, they are marketed worldwide.

Reinhard’s work has been widely recognized. His designs have won “Best of NEOCON” awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005, along with Interior Design Magazine’s “Best of Year” award in 2007..

"Inspiration for this work comes from nature, from ancient architecture, travel, even looking out my window," says Reinhard. But the real impetus for design comes from the sensory input of Reinhard's hands. "Every stage of design is done by hand," he says. "From initial sketches to refined scale models to final prototypes, I like to feel, directly, how the materials are responding."

Ken, received degrees from Kendall School of Design and Michigan State University, from which he graduated with honors. In each consecutive job after graduation, he explored unique segments of the contract furniture market, building a rich understanding of the industry. In the early 1970's he established Ken Reinhard Design Associates. Today, Reinhard combines knowledge of leading-edge manufacturing technology with a timeless sense of craftsmanship. "A successful design allows the materials to reveal their best faces in service to the human form.

Qdesign

Qdesign, formerly Quicksilver, was launched in 1994 and quickly found itself in the spotlight of the contract furniture industry. With their progressive designs, Qdesign has envisioned the future for some of the world's leading furniture manufacturers and continues to do so today.

Founded in 1994 by Mark Stenftenagel and Sal Graziano, Qdesign is the product design subsidiary of Whitney Inc., a full service architectural and interior design firm in Chicago, Ill. With over 70 combined years of experience in commercial interior design, the Qdesign team brings a passion and dedication to their consulting services that are unparalleled.

With a strong commitment to excellence, Qdesign continues to lead the industry through innovative and market-driven solutions for today's ever-changing environments.