Designer Eric Trine describes his aesthetic with a question: “What if Charles Eames, Buckminster Fuller and Sam Maloof were surfing buddies?” Google those names because Trine’s kaleidoscope of furniture, sculptures and decorative objects is all that and more. Based in Long Beach, California, his colourful geometric designs have been featured in a ton of design magazines and he regularly exhibits at places like Sight Unseen OFFSITE for New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
We’re kind of obsessed so we had to get a look behind the scenes. So we asked and he answered.
WE LOVE THE GEOMETRIC SHAPES THAT YOU INCORPORATE INTO YOUR WORK. WHY DO YOU LIKE WORKING WITH THESE SHAPES?
They are easy to work with and replicate. And, they have this ability to look really simple on their own, but when combined can look really complex and ornate.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT SO FAR.
I’ve really enjoyed developing my Rod+Weave chair. It’s a simple shape and form, but can look so many different ways depending on the finish. I’ve recently done a few in copper and brass, and they feel really luxe. Then I can do a chair with a pink frame and green leather and it has a playful, childlike feeling. I like the versatility.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS A DESIGNER?
It’s just me running the whole show, so it’s hard to find that sweet spot where I can stay profitable but I’m not working myself into the ground. Business growing pains.
WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU RIGHT NOW?
Right now my biggest inspiration comes from driving. I drive a lot! About 3-4,000 miles a month. So I’ve been noticing things that I can only notice as I’m driving past – lots of landscapes and industrial buildings, particularly the landscaping around industrial buildings. Like how people try to plant trees or have little patches of grass around these hulking cement buildings and asphalt parking lots. I find that interesting.
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