Once a designer-in-residence for Japanese furniture manufacturer Idée, the Chicago-based designer now uses craft and industrial techniques to produce thoughtfully proportioned furniture and objects.

Casey Lurie started out studying art but turned to furniture making as an escape. “I was doing conceptual art, sculpture, and video,” he says of his student days at CalArts. “Furniture was a way for me to make something that didn’t require a super conceptual framework.” Following an apprenticeship with a cabinetmaker in Los Angeles, Lurie introduced his own line of plywood furniture.

Designer Casey Lurie sits beside a piece from his Everyday Shelving project.

Designer Casey Lurie sits beside a piece from his Everyday Shelving project.

Photo by Paul Octavious

The owner of the Japanese manufacturer Idée saw Lurie’s work and invited him to work in Tokyo as the brand’s designer-in-residence for three years. “I wasn’t coming from a design background, so it was a big learning curve,” says Lurie, “but it was an amazing education.”

Lurie's Lap Table is named for the lap joints that make up its structure. The piece serves the basic function of a side table with a place for reading materials.

Lurie’s Lap Table is named for the lap joints that make up its structure. The piece serves the basic function of a side table with a place for reading materials.

Photo by Paul Octavious

Photo courtesy of Casey Lurie

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