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Fred Puksta

As a designer and artisan, I create designs within the two diverse worlds of art and industry. I value the simultaneous engagement within the different genres of art, artisan craft and industry. It is this unique cross-pollination that continually expands my perspective on the distinctive and sometimes symbiotic relationship between art, craft and industrial design.

After graduating from University of New Hampshire, I trained at Dartmouth College attempting to make the U.S. National / Olympic rowing team. Upon graduation from the Wendell Castle school of Design, I served as a studio artisan of the renowned artist and sculptor, Wendell Castle. One notable project I contributed to was the 500,000th Commemorative Steinway concert grand piano.

Returning to my native New Hampshire, I established my own design studio creating and marketing contemporary furniture, tall clocks, sculpture and art work. I fulfilled commissions for residential, commercial and public installations. A notable public commission was an eight-foot-tall sculptural clock on permanent display at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH.

In addition to speculative and commissioned artwork, I designed and developed new products for commercial companies with successful designs in prominent retailers throughout the United States such as Crate & Barrel. Several of my commercial designs received honorable mentions and national design awards at the “Furniture Capital of America”, High Point, NC.

Currently, I am the new product designer for Crown Point Cabinetry, a nationally marketed high-end custom cabinetry company. In addition to developing new product lines and aesthetics, I also design custom furniture and specialty pieces for Crown Point’s discerning clientele.

Through constant exploration, I challenge myself to bring inspiration and innovation from my art work and fine craft into my commercial designs, and vice-versa.

Fred Puksta's Work