JENNIFER CARPENTER, TRUCK Product Architecture, New York, NY
We met Jennifer Carpenter in a New York coffee shop to take a look at her
designs for a new OFFI children's furniture collection. We loved the
designs and more importantly, we loved that she was the mother of a 2 year
old boy, Booker. At that point we knew that she was experiencing the same
new parent desire that we were, to create and bring kids furniture with
clever design to a market lacking such a combination. Thus, the Built-By-Me
collection was born.
TRUCK Product Architecture designs products for the home's surfaces. Table,
Floor, Wall, Ceiling. They view their work as product architecture: the
structured assembly of common materials, sensitive to the intimate scale of
furniture and objects. They want to bring pleasure to the home through
design that is both straightforward and unexpected.
How TRUCK got started:
One night at the Chateau Marmont, a grateful client
gave her architects a gift with the following strings attached: use the
money to explore, study, and produce. The client, a partner at Kate Spade,
believed there was a place in the market for "product-based architecture".
Rob Rogers and Jonathan Marvel, partners in Rogers Marvel Architects, set
out to start a furniture and product design business. But with RMA more than
occupying their time, the seed money lay untouched. Enter architect Jennifer
Carpenter, who came to RMA in 1999 to design Kate Spade shops worldwide.
Jennifer had experience in design and business; she started a small handbag
company with her husband in 1998. Rob and Jonathan asked her to join them.
In December 2000 TRUCK made its first prototypes. In October 2001, these
pieces became available in New York stores.
Lisa Albin, Iglooplay, Brooklyn, NY
Roberto Gil, Casa Kids Collection Design, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
David Jones, New York, New York
Kyoko Inoda and Nils Sveje, Inoda + Sveje, Milan, Italy
Brian Kane, Kane Design Studio, San Francisco, CA
Scot Laughton, Toronto, Canada
Charles Perry, Norwalk, CT
Eric Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer Lab, San Francisco, CA
Pure Design Studios, Alberta, Canada
Karim Rashid, Karim Rashid Design, New York, NY
Megasii Design Team, Hong Kong
Srdjan Simic, Studio Simic, San Diego, CA
Svante Schöblom, Overman AB, Sweeden
Andrea Valentini, Rhode Island
Scott Wilson, MINIMAL, Chicago, IL