ChristopheRand

Christopher's design philosophy is to engage both the analytical and the creative mind to develop meaningful and effective solutions. He embraces systemic complexities and constrains because understanding human behavior and cognition is what makes better technology, products, experiences, and services for everyday people.  

"The MFA Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts allowed me to continue to broaden my methodologies, affect a wider range of people and contexts, as well as expand the definition of a 'product' as a value proposition beyond aesthetics and utility," says Christopher.

He received a BFA in Furniture Design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he was trained in the foundations of visual language—composition, observation, eye-hand coordination, 2D and 3D skills. Following his undergraduate, Chris operated his own business for 15 years, creating custom furniture, lighting, and ornamental ironwork for churches and private clients. As a highly skilled metalsmith, Chris managed many roles; from initial presentations, samples, and site verification to fabrication, patination, and final installation.

Further examples of his commissioned metalworks can be found here:

PUBLICATIONS : Ironworks Today #3

Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District

"Artisans forge poetry in metal" , Minneapolis Star Tribune (2012, September 22)