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The first in a furniture line developed by the studio, Saw Horse, is a utilitarian play on workstation furniture.
Julian Paul was born and raised in Portland, Oregon “to a family of academic winos”. Bucking the family callings of winemaking and scholarly pursuits, Julian graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and made his way back to Portland to open a small furniture practice. After a few of his pieces caught the eye of an editor at Remodelista, he was connected with Douglas Burnham, the principal and founder of Berkeley-based firm envelope Architecture + Design. As the resident furniture designer, Julian not only designs fabricated elements for each project’s unique specifications, but also provides an invaluable cross-disciplinary perspective.
“Architecture is a natural complement to furniture, and vice versa; neither do well without the other,” Julian said when asked why he was drawn to working with architects. “I wanted to collaborate, to work in a less monastic way. I find the interaction between objects, or objects and spaces, more interesting than the objects themselves”.
Julian’s austere style has hints of a sense of humor; his saw horse legs are dipped in cyan, magenta, or yellow. “I fell into furniture because it allows the chance to not only design, but to ideate and work with my hands. Because the constraints of the objects aren’t overwhelming, furniture designers often have the chance to drive the process of creating from multiple angles; designing informs fabricating, and fabricating informs the design”.
“I’m heavily influenced by the act of making”, Julian said. “I aim to find design solutions at the intersection of craft, material, and function”.
Douglas Burnham is founder and principal of envelope Architecture + Design (envelope A+D), an award-winning collaborative design firm that advances new models of public and private space anchored in compelling visions of the emerging urban condition.
Seeking to inspire rather than dictate Envelope A+D’s vision is both subtle and ambitious: the reconceptualization of modes of living and building focused on the fundamentals of human perception-ultimately creating an immersive architecture that seeks to alter people’s relationships to each other and heightens awareness through intelligently disrupting the normative condition.