This rack is specifically designed to hold bar clamps and can help with productivity, organization, and can be easily built to your shop’s needs. This design was borrowed from the clamp rack in the shop at California College of the Arts where I go to school, but I made some tweaks to the design to make it more aesthetically pleasing, as I’m a furniture maker by trade. Bar clamps are commonly used in making furniture, and thus I’ve relied on them heavily over the years. It was nice to finally get a chance to build a nice home for them.
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Laura Braun
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 by Em Meine
Changing Tides, Marilyn da Silva. (Courtesy of the artist)
Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Laura Braun
Splitting time between Brooklyn, New York and Managua, Nicaragua, Aaron Poritz designs and creates furniture and accessories that are meant to endure. His architecture studies at the California College of the Arts instilled in him the principles of sustainability, which continues to inform Poritz’s designs today. Many of his designs are made from hurricane-felled lumber and local materials from Nicaragua.
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Laura Braun
We asked four local design experts to pick their favorite statement chairs. Their selections prove that there are designs for a range of aesthetics (from Old World to rustic to contemporary) and budgets (although if you’re going to have one showstopper in the house, it may be worth saving up for and splurging on).
Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Laura Braun
Roeper does commissioned pieces for residential use as well as for boutique hotels and other companies within the hospitality industry. A graduate of the California College of the Arts, Roeper learned some of his craft through an apprenticeship with a local first-generation California craftsman who focused on custom entry doors. Since then Roeper has evolved his style to create furniture and art that reflects his German background, and he seeks inspiration from design and art from all over the world, including pieces from San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Before going to Nicaragua, Poritz had designed furniture only as a hobby, but he was so impressed with the country’s local craftsmen that he decided to start his own furniture company.
The resulting 30-piece wood furniture collection has garnered important recognition from Forbes magazine, who put him on a recent Forbes “30 under 30” list. In 2013 the Red Hen, a highly popular Washington DC restaurant, commissioned Poritz to source and fabricate all of its custom chairs and bar stools, tables, benches, plank flooring, ceiling, and even baby bar stools. Each piece has expressive twists and geometric connections.
All of Poritz’s work emphasizes strength, comfort, sustainability, quality, and design. These principles, he says, were instilled in him at CCA. While a student, he participated in the design of Refract House for the 2009 Solar Decathlon.
He was recently asked to be an artist in residence at the the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and designed a sitting stool for their gallery, He currently divides his time between New York and Managua.
Article by Steffie Guan
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun
While visiting a friend in Nicaragua, Poritz stumbled on a supply of beautiful old growth wood uprooted by Hurricane Felix. Trained as an architect, he used the wood to create a line of furniture inspired by the minimalism and simplicity of Bauhaus designers like Marcel Breuer. His stools, chairs, tables, beds, sofas have no screws; they are fixed by unique joinery designed by Poritz.
Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Claire Fitzsimmons
Tim Belonax in Facebook's Analog Research Laboratory [photo: Andria Lo]
Along the walk to the cafeteria, a poster reads: "Eventually everything connects." Another, "People not pixels." In the atrium, "Hack the graph," and in the corridor, "Empathy. Have some!"
This sounds like it could very well be CCA's campus, but it's actually Facebook’s. Each poster is stamped at the bottom with the words: "Poster brought to you by your friends at the Facebook Analog Research Laboratory."
Facebook designer and CCA Graphic Design faculty member Tim Belonax calls the Analog Research Laboratory -- known around Facebook simply as the Analog Lab -- "a playground for a print designer. There are very few places around the Bay Area where a lover of handmade graphic design would encounter such amazing facilities."
Wired magazine has called it "Facebook's secret propaganda arm." The Huffington Post dubs it "a slogan factory where techies get tactile."
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Allison Byers
So don't miss this Thursday's "METAMORPHOSIS," when the talented artist/designers from the California College of the Arts transform the Academy (and possibly you) into something unexpected. Explore a multitude of industrial, interaction, illustration, fashion, furniture and graphic designers from CCA as they showcase an amazing, cutting-edge array of work, highlighting new technologies and innovative ideas that explore the concept of metamorphosis.
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Jim Norrena
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design announced in April that Hilary Sanders and Michael Esteban, two recent Jewelry / Metal Arts alumni, both were awarded a 2013 Windgate Fellowship, bringing to five the total number to date of Windgate Fellowships awarded to CCA students since the award's inception.
The fellowship selection process presents a “rare opportunity to survey the best and brightest emerging makers in the field of craft.” It also gives these emerging artists both the validation and financial resources to pursue their dreams.