Erich Ginder Studio is a Seattle-based design practice founded in 2004 that brings an imaginative and innovative approach to projects at all scales. In his work, which spans furniture, objects, consulting, and interiors, Ginder investigates the potential of unconventional materials—coaxing poetry and a sense of mystery through his expressive forms.
By balancing technological innovation with meticulous handwork and an artist’s approach to problem solving, Ginder creates imaginative objects that reward close contemplation. His meticulous attention to detail leads to an understated luxury rooted in simplicity and quality.
Widely curious and constantly evolving, Ginder studied fine art at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute before setting up a practice in his native Seattle. Working from his Capitol Hill studio, Ginder taps into the local manufacturing community and its proximity to a wealth of raw materials to create rigorously considered work that adds a touch of artistry and wonder to even the most functional of objects.
“I try to approach my work without a specific aesthetic in mind, arriving at a particular direction through reason, or creative problem solving associated with the limitations of a particular process," Ginder explains. "That’s the part of design I really enjoy—the unexpected elements that come about when working on an idea." With this focus on innovation and experimentation, Ginder reinterprets otherwise ordinary materials into exceptional works—with a maximalist's eye for color, pattern, and graphic detail. The studio prides itself on openness, and frequently collaborates with clients to create customized designs, as in the near-limitless configurations offered by his Hyperlink and Hook/Loop collections of LED lighting.