Tell us about your background. How did you become a designer?
For as long as I can remember I have been creating things, working with my hands, and experimenting with materials. I studied furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design and have had an active practice designing furniture and objects for a wide range of clients and companies since graduating in 2009.
What was your inspiration for Rip + Tatter – your chair for children?
The Rip + Tattered chair was inspired by the ephemeral and imaginative nature of childhood.
Suitable design for kids – what does that mean for you?
Designing for children offers a unique opportunity to embrace a wondrous and whimsical spirit and to invoke a sense of playful curiosity.
What toys did you play with as a child? Did you have a favorite toy? Do you still have it?
I spent much of my childhood playing outside–I loved to climb trees, build forts, and often played in the creek that was near my house. When not outside, I loved reading books, building small worlds with legos, and playing with my yo yo.
Do you feel there is a toy that every child should have?
I think the Rainbow Makerby Kikkerland is an excellent addition to any child’s object repertoire.
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