Photo: Mike Roelofs, 2016

Steven Polak

As a designer I love working on the crossroad between craft and design. Sketching Ideas, tinkering details and setting it up in 3D software.

I love getting my hands dirty; making models, building prototypes or soldering LED’s – without practical knowledge I believe a design will never evolve into a feasible product.
Although my love is with wood, I work with several materials – as long as there is a natural connection to them. Ceramics, glass, metal, fabrics, straw, e.o.

My mixed educational background in both design and craft help me forward on my crusade of making sketches into beautiful products.

Work Experience

current: Engineer, Fiction Factory
2017 – 2018: R&D Engineer, BSM Factory
2016-2017: Product Developer, Arco Furniture
2013 – current: Independent Designer / Maker
2013 – 2014: Junior Designer, Edwardvanvliet

Education

2016 MA Wood Oriented Furniture Design, Academy of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg University, Sweden
2014 HMC Vocational college for woodworking, Amsterdam, NL
2013 BA Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, NL

2015: Greenwood chairmaking course, Westonbirt Arboretum, UK
2013: Semester Exchange, Retail design program, Faculty of Architecture, Delft, NL
2011: Internship at Studio Edward van Vliet, Amsterdam, NL

Events

2016: Project Cache, published in Vego magazine (Nr5 ‘ 16)
2016: Nominated design student selected, Formex
2016: Granted Idépeng Mötesplats Steneby grant
2016: Granted Göteborgs Slöjdförening grant
2016: Project Cache, Steneby Exhibit
2016: Granted Estrid Ericson Stiftelse grant
2016: Project Cache, Exam Exhibition HDK 2016
2016: Part of “Stories by the water” Exhibition, Milan Design Week
2015: Granted Estrid Ericson Stiftelse grant
2015: Project Stack, part of “En idé tar form”, Lidköpings Konsthall
2015: Granted Adlerbertska Stiftelse grant
2015: Project About a Plant, part of “Survival: the craft of Adaption”, Stockholm Furniture Fair
2014: Granted Estrid Ericson Stiftelse grant
2014: Granted Adlerbertska Stiftelse grant