One of the most commonly asked questions that I get as a wood furniture designer is “what does your design process look like?” To be honest, there really isn’t a simple answer to this because I look at designing from two different angles: designing for my collection and designing for a client. Because of this, how I approach each type of project is markedly different.
When it comes to designing for my collection, I hesitate to even use the word process as to me it doesn’t truly resemble the word. I have a general idea of where I am going, but I do not get there by taking a straight line. I want it to be clear that it couldn’t be more opposite when I am working with a client. When designing with a client, I have a clear set of parameters that I am working within and a specific end product that I am working toward. That isn’t to say that designing for clients is less creative, but that my creativity has more direction.