A graduate of the industrial design program at the University of Cincinnati, David Dahl has been making one-of-a-kind furniture pieces for residential clients for over 25 years, and seating for the contract market for over two decades. His hands-on approach – David builds his own scale models and prototypes to ensure seating comfort – has made him a sought-after partner by many nationally recognized manufacturers.
Whether turning raw lumber into a custom table for a West Hollywood dining room or designing a chair that is tailored to a hospital waiting room, the hallmarks of David’s designs are the same – clean lines, attention to detail and, above all, an obvious passion for his trade.
5D STUDIO, DAVID RITCH AND MARK SAFFELL
A multidisciplinary studio with expertise in graphic, contract furniture and interior design, 5D is founded on the principals’ passion for design, taking a genuine interest in their clients’ creative and strategic goals and addressing each project with fresh, creative solutions.
With a combined 40 years of experience in the contract furniture industry, 5D designers David Ritch and Mark Saffell have achieved numerous recognitions for their innovative product designs, including multiple Best of NeoCon awards and the coveted IDSA – Design of the Decade award. Their work has been featured in exhibits at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Design.
A top graduate of the School of Industrial Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Chris began his early career designing sets for broadcasting studios, yet always had a passion for furniture and spent most of his down time working on furniture designs and other related moonlit projects.
In 2006 he turned that passion into a full-time business by forming Achella Design Studio, and has since produced successful designs for a broad range of markets including industrial, retail, contract and outdoor furniture, most notably winning a Best of NeoCon Award in 2009 for Islands Modular by Arcadia.
FRANCISCO ROMERO OF PHI DESIGN
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, Francisco Romero sought an apprenticeship in woodworking, with a desire to learn the trade through the eyes of skilled craftsmen. While later pursuing a Master’s Degree in Architecture at UCLA, he interned under furniture designer Donald Chadwick, best known for his Design of the Decade Aeron Chair, for Herman Miller.
In 2003, he launched Phidesign, with the goal of focusing on state of the art computer and prototyping methodologies coupled with the fine art of furniture making. Since then, he has gone on to carve out a niche in mid-market seating by bringing style and innovation to his designs in a socially and economically responsible way.
A fixture in the contract furniture industry since 1994, Qdesign is a full-service design and consulting firm based just outside Chicago, in the historical suburb of Oak Brook. Seeking to engage not only the talents of individuals, but to tap the greater potential achieved through group collaboration, their creative efforts have resulted in award-winning designs ranging from conference tables to casegoods, lounge seating and guest chairs. Ultimately, however, they seek to develop products for the workplace that enhance the productivity and well-being of users while also being kind to the environment.