Los Angeles-based designer Brendan Ravenhill creates furnishings, lamps and accessories that are surprisingly elegant given that they are driven by manufacturing processes. During childhood years in Cote d’Ivoire and summers in coastal Maine, Brendan fell in love with the functional beauty of working tools and wooden boats. He describes himself as someone who “chases simplicity” in his designs and fell in love with building things as a young boy, helping his father with carpentry projects. With an undergraduate degree in sculpture from Oberlin College and a masters in industrial design from RISD, Ravenhill has an eclectic résumé, including stints as a lobsterman, boat builder and timber framer—pursuits perhaps clues to his love for woodworking. He also spent a year as an apprentice welder. Ravenhill is known for his industrial-looking chairs and bar stools, as well as pliable pendant lamps made of cloth-covered electrical cord, thin sheets of polyethylene and bare light bulbs.

If you’re in NY be sure to check out his work in person March 19-22 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

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