Housefish at Design After Dark

Excited about this year’s Design After Dark? So are we! We caught up with Scott Bennett of Housefish to discuss his piece for the auction and why he finds it important to be part of the Denver Art Museum‘s annual fundraiser.

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[acc_item title=”How long have you been a part of Design After Dark?”]This is our first year. Darrin approached us after we built a desk for Rick Griffith that was in the Three Studios exhibit. I’ve wanted to do it for a while, but the time has always seemed to slip away.[/acc_item]

[acc_item title=”What is your process when designing a piece for the auction?”]It’s like any design project, you have objectives and constraints. In this case, the objectives are to 1) Raise money for the museum through the sale of the piece, 2) Help make the event interesting and exciting so that people want to attend, and 3) Bring some attention to what we do. It has to be something that makes people’s jaws drop open, so they stop walking and drinking their wine and just stare for a bit. In terms of constraints, the object has to fit on a 2′ x 2′ pedestal, which is a pretty limiting for a furniture company. Based on that, the natural thing to build was a chair.[/acc_item]

[acc_item title=”Tell us about the chair.”]We were assigned the theme word “Illusion.” I wanted to build a chair that didn’t look like it could actually function as a chair, like something that would fall over, and seemed to defy physics. Most of what we do is firmly rooted in practicality and value, so it’s fun to get the chance to do something completely impractical and slightly crazy, with no real thought of whether it would be viable as a mass produced product. I had the whole concept sketched out in about 15 minutes, and then spent a couple weeks letting it turn around in my head trying to figure out how to actually make it work. The final parts aren’t back yet, so I’m still not 100% sure it actually does![/acc_item]

[acc_item title=”Why do you think it is important to be involved with the Denver Art Museum / Design After Dark?”]One of the amazing things about Denver is that our cultural institutions punch way above their weight. There aren’t many cities our size in the country, or even the world, thathave an art museum as good as the DAM, a natural history museum as good as DMNS, a contemporary art museum as good as the MCA, and on and on. Our public funding system through SCFD is a big part of that, but the support of the community in general is even more important. The fact that the Denver Art Museum has a dedicated Architecture & Design department is incredible, that’s so rare. It puts us on a tier with cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. With as much as the DAM and Design Council do to support design in Denver, it’s important for designers to reciprocate that support. [/acc_item]

[acc_item title=”What can we expect to see from Housefish in the next few months?”]In 2012 we were focused on expanding our production capabilities. We are now in a much larger space in RINO, and have some state of the art machining capabilities in house. 2013 is going to be all about leveraging that capability. Within a few days we will be launching our first chair, and from there we will be further expanding the line. It’s actually hard to decide where to go, there are so many possibilities.[/acc_item]
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design_after_darkDesign After Dark
Friday, February 8th, 2013 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm

McNichols Civic Center Building
144 West Colfax (corner of West Colfax and Bannock)

$75 General
$60 Denver Art Museum Members / Design Council Members
$40 Young Professionals (Ages 21-30, with ID)

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