By Studio Wise Design
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
I was born and raised in Grand Rapids,
Mich. If you want to get into specifics, I was
brought up in a design studio on the south
side of downtown.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIG BREAK?
Well, being pulled from a dumpster and
turned into a tabletop, which then became
the beginning of the Fuse line of finishes.
That seems pretty special to me!
WHAT’S THE RUMOR MILL CHURNING OUT
ABOUT YOU THESE DAYS?
It’s hard to keep things quiet when you
have as creative parents as I do… Did
someone say modern distressing, colors,
and patterns? You didn’t hear it from me.
WHERE WAS THE LAST PLACE THE PAPARAZZI
There was this time last summer I was out
and about at the U.S. Open, sporting my
Bengal finish. And, well let’s just say, the
photographers loved me.
ASIDE FROM SUGAR, SPICE, AND EVERYTHING
NICE, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU MADE OF?
Blood, sweat, and tears (literally). Those
distressing tools can be painful if not
IF YOU COULD GET ONE PLASTIC SURGERY
PROCEDURE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Fix imperfections? Now why would I do
that? I like to call them beauty marks.
And they look pretty great on me if I do
say so myself.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR IDOLS AND
My dad, for one. He’s endlessly creative
when it comes to making me look my best
so how can you not look up to that? And
then there’s those exotic woods, the grains
and colors—yeah, those get me excited!
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST TURN-ON?
Those raw, industrial environments are pretty
hot right now and I love how I really get a
chance to take center stage in those spaces.
My look tends to draw a lot of attention
in a touchy feely sort of way. After a
while it starts to feel like a bit of an invasion
WHO’S YOUR CURRENT BESTIE?
Lately I’ve been a guinea pig as my parents
are trying out some new table base designs.
I think we’re going to complement each
other pretty nicely. I just hope they don’t
want to try and steal the limelight.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH NEXT?
I’ve heard there are some great design
firms down south. I’d like to get in on
some of their projects and to enjoy some
warmth and sunshine. It’s been a long
winter up here!
WHAT’S THE WORST PART ABOUT FAME?
Constantly being elbowed by those
enjoying dinner on me, and of course,
those restaurant cleaners. Man, they
can be harsh!
Photography courtesy of Studio Wise