"I think realizing the connection that people could have with furniture is what sealed the deal for me. The daily physical contact could make the users experience intimate and powerful — like a relic or artifact that is activated by touch."
"Our aesthetic naturally evolves through the way we work. We begin our process in a sort of “free zone” where anything goes... it’s where we allow our creativity to stretch before we start making more conscious decisions."
"NYC has been a huge influence in my work. It fascinates me to know that nature always find it’s way in these areas. I guess my work reflects this relationship: honoring the organic shapes seen in nature by refining everyday industrial materials."
"There’s this mythology about California that things there are just lighter and airier and more casual. I think I hit on those touchstones ... I don’t want to make things that are overly precious—I just want to make good stuff that gets used."
"When it comes to what unites us, I’d say New York designers are drawn to materials that age well, that last. We’re all on a similar mission to just make better stuff. We’re doing that differently, but we’re doing it together."
"Ideas of ‘cohesion’ often get confused with notions of ‘style’. Style is typically more marketable since there is an obvious relationship between things. Our work so far has had many different expressions but we hope that people recognize our approach and sensibilities in the work we produce."
"I certainly want VOLK to be a unique brand in a crowded and competitive field, but I don’t believe in making choices based on the marketplace — even consciously avoiding something on trend is letting the market dictate the design."