The Loll in-house design team is lead by founder Greg Benson and CAD/CAM master Jeff Taly. Originally starting in 2003 to develop the first prototype Loll chair, Greg and Jeff brought the Loll poly Adirondack lounge chair to life. Nate Heydt, Loll's Director of Sales, rounds out the design team with an exceptional eye to the hidden qualities of modern outdoor furniture. The Loll design team works closely on all product development whether their own in-house products or seeing through a design from one of the outside designers Loll is fortunate to work with. Loll's team has developed award winning outdoor furniture that has earned two Good Design awards and one Green Good Design award amongst others, and is recognized widely as unique and innovative in the outdoor furniture industry. Loll's graphic designer, Jesse Michels, creates all print and web design and has done so since Loll's founding. Jesse also adds his expert opinion on those difficult design related problems we deal with nearly every day.
Studio Murmur is a Chicago-based industrial design firm providing consulting services in design research, product design and product development. We strive to create inspired and diligently considered products that emphasize simplicity and celebrate everyday living. Rather than creating desire around trend-driven objects we focus on the qualities and values that truly define great brands and great design. We serve a variety of clients and industries including furniture and lighting manufacturers, home and office retailers, architects and the hospitality industry.
Led by award winning product designer Eric Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer Lab was founded with the goal of addressing the design and future of the everyday objects that surround us. His philosophy: Simplicity and sustainability guides a process that creates useful and essential forms for the objects in our lives. Pfeiffer's reductive approach relies on beauty, material honesty and necessity. It is this pure design ethos, coupled with a casual west coast sensibility that results in timeless objects rooted in a deep understanding of usability and manufacturing.
David Salmela (FAIA) practices in Duluth, Minnesota. His projects have won over 50 regional & national architectural design awards. Salmela's work has been published internationally in journals such as I.D., Monocle and Architectural Review. Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Design has written two books on his work,"Salmela Architect" & "The Invisible Element of Place".
Ralph Rapson was part of an exhilarating era in American Modernist architecture and design. He began his formal architectural training in the early 1930s at the University of Michigan and then attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art, led by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. At age thirty-one he participated in Arts and Architecture magazine's Case Study program for postwar housing. Rapson's "Greenbelt House" entry drew wide and favorable critical attention. The building for which Rapson is perhaps best known, Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater, was completed in 1963. With his renowned drawing skills he produced hundreds of furniture designs including his own successful line for K G. Knoll Associates in the 1940s. The sketches he produced to convey his furniture designs were often cited for their remarkable perspective, which demonstrated not only what a particular piece of furniture would look like but also how it might feel. The Rapson Rapid Rocker was first introduced in 1939 at MoMA. (Rapson Inc)
Passionate about sustainability and functional design, creative spirit, Shannon Lester is the one to watch for modern garden trends. Shannon has a degree Landscape Architecture and has participated in residential and commercial landscape design, wetland restoration, land use and city planning projects for over 18 years in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, Shannon and her husband, Andrew, introduced their Bend, Oregon-based, planter company, Steel Life. Their planters have been recognized by many nationally recognized, industry professionals and magazines, including Martha Stewart, Garden Design and Dwell.
The work of industrial designer and educator Josh Owen is at once simple, practical and creative. Although typologies that Owen creates are commonly described as refined, iconic or minimalist, he defines function in humanistic terms, combining clarity of purpose and functional efficacy with emotive and tactile qualities chosen to align strategically with industry. Owen is the president of Josh Owen LLC and is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Industrial Design Department at The Rochester Institute of Technology. His projects are produced by major manufacturers and have won many awards.
During childhood years in Cote d'Ivoire and summers in coastal Maine, Brendan Ravenhill fell in love with the functional beauty of working tools and wooden boats. Brendan received a Sculpture degree from Oberlin College in 2001 and a Masters in Industrial Design from RISD in 2009. He loves taking tours of factories and the smell of cedar shavings. He lives with his wife on a hill in Los Angeles.
Urbancase, a Seattle based furniture and product design firm, was founded by Darin Montgomery based on the idea of designing objects that contribute to a simpler, pared back lifestyle focusing on basic aesthetic elements and functionality.
Founded by the award-winning multidisciplinary design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, notNeutral creates bold, idea-based, accessible objects for the everyday modern lifestyle. Blurring the boundaries between the figural and abstract, and the decorative and functional, the pieces we design are durable, playful, and imbued with a clever take on the ordinary that is unquestionably not neutral.