Design, a Brooklyn-based studio headed by artist Scott Daniel Strickstein,
offers contemporary lighting and furniture celebrated for its highly textural
surfaces. Strickstein is best known for innovating Cmesh™, a ceramic-coated
metal mesh that can be sculpted and draped, yet remains perforated to emit
chooses sensual materials that inspire tactile interaction. His signature
balances the inherent imperfections of organic elements with the precision of
machined components. The
malleability of Cmesh™ allows for a wonderful lightheartedness, and imbues the
pieces with a sense of motion.
Detroit, he spent his youth puzzling over blueprints during visits to
construction sites with his father, or watching his mother design and make
clothing for the apparel industry. While attending Cranbrook high school, he
took an elective in ceramics and was immediately fascinated by manipulating a
material that could respond to touch. He earned a B.A. in political theory at
Michigan State University, and then returned to art, attaining his B.F.A. from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. After moving to New York he found work
at the boutique furniture showroom Chista. Quickly rising to company manager,
he gained experience over the next six years developing custom projects with
high end residential and hospitality designers.
Design launched in 2010 in tandem with his experiments to create Cmesh™. Inspired by the idea of alchemy, Cmesh
transforms common substances into something of great value, allowing him to
explore notions of sculpture, design and architecture while maintaining an
intimate, hands on approach.