Trending
Greater Good: Parson's Pro Bono Swimming Facilities for NYC
A rendering by graduate architecture students at the New School’s ...
At One With The Stars: Melissa McGill Installs Constellation Above New York’s Bannerman Castle
“I’ve always been inspired by pauses, fragments, and negative spaces,” ...
A New Twist: Paul Cocksedge Designs A Living Staircase in London
A protégé of Interior Design Hall of Fame member Ingo ...
10 Questions With... Joanna Frank
  Keep reading for a wake-up call, courtesy of New ...
Lucky 13: Healthcare & Wellness Products at NeoCon 2015
June’s NeoCon, at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, drew more ...

JOB ZONE

jobseekers:

employers:

 
Weekly Poll
What device do you use most often when searching for product online?

    Calendar Upcoming Events
    Aug 05
    New York, NY, United States

    DIFFA's 4th Annual Picnic by Design

    Aug 30
    New York, NY, United States

    BITAC Global 2015

    Sep 16
    San Francisco, CA

    IIDA Leaders Breakfast San Francisco 2015

    Sep 16
    Miami , FL, United States

    Design Americas

    Sep 18
    Los Angeles, CA

    IIDA Leaders Breakfast Los Angeles 2015


    Close Search by date

    or See All Upcoming Events

    industry_article_detail_left_zone

    Ones to Watch: Matthew Plumstead

    In the design world, you come to expect that if a firm is called “McCarty Quinn” then it was probably founded by someone called McCarty and someone called Quinn. But this is not the case: McCarty Quinn is, in fact, Matthew Plumstead, a 38-year-old designer and graduate of Michigan’s famed Cranbrook Academy, now based in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. 

    Plumstead HeadshotLast year was a big one for Plumstead, who finished his degree, won recognition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair for his student thesis project, and launched his own practice, all in the space of scarcely six months. The engine behind much of his recent success, and the winner of ICFF’s Studio Award, is ClipTree—a modular, easy-to-assemble, wall-mounted storage system that he first developed over a year ago and that went viral on design blogs after he posted it online. “I didn’t realize it was going to take off like it did,” says the designer. “I’m still enjoying the whole process.”

    On its way into design retail outlets now, ClipTree gave Plumstead the impetus he needed to strike out on his own, and just this August he founded McCarty Quinn. But why the name?

    “That’s a good question,” explains Plumstead. “It’s actually my middle name, plus the middle name of my daughter.” The youngest Plumstead, not quite three years old, has already traveled with Plumstead from Iowa (where his wife pursued a law degree and he worked on small Etsy-type designs) to Michigan (starting in 2010) before finally settling down in the Twin Cities.

    Hiding behind a corporate pseudonym was a deliberate choice for Plumstead, he says. “I wasn’t terribly sure what the business model for my company was going to be—whether it would be my authorship or with other designers under the label.” Having the quasi-anonymous moniker gives him the option of bringing other designers aboard in the future; for now, however, he’s flying solo, ramping up sales on ClipTree while developing prototypes for a sleek new office suite and work lamp.

    <
    Ones to Watch: M-Rad
    Ones to Watch: Alex Turco

    industry_article_detail_central_zone