This third-generation woodworker is challenging the normative conceptual and physical practices of furniture design from his Portland studio.
Cody Campanie’s Sit, Set chair merges a plank with a half-barrel to create a seat with an integrated table. Such an elemental creation is a direct result of Campanie’s background as a designer at several architecture studios, including a stint in the New York office of Rem Koolhaas’s OMA.
Campanie became disillusioned with architecture, which frequently seemed to pit designer against builder. “I was trying to find a way to shorten that curve between idea and finished product,” he says. Campanie moved to Seattle to study at the Wood Technology Center before establishing Campagna in Portland three years ago.