Dan Grabowski

Designer Detroit / United States

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Dan Grabowski
Growing up in Detroit, Dan Grabowski was influenced not only by his own father, who was a builder, but by his friends’ dads, too. “When my dad needed to create or repair something, he would design a solution and then we would go off together and build it. We built everything from cabinets to apartment buildings. That’s how things were done in our house,” he recalls.

At the same time, his best friend’s father was a car designer, whose house was filled with sketches of cars, modern art, and contemporary furniture. “I decided I wanted to do something that combined my love of art and working with my hands. I considered being a sculptor, but then when I was in college, I studied the work of Harry Bertoia, and that’s when it clicked for me, the connection between sculpture and industrial design.”
After graduating from The Center for Creative Studies, Grabowski worked on a range of projects, including power tools for Sears Craftsman and infant care products for Gerber. His primary focus, however, has been furniture design, with a special passion for wood casegoods.

Living in Grand Rapids for most of his career, Grabowski also spent time as an instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design. His advice to students there was to “learn the basics; the fundamentals of design have to be there first. At the same time, you need to understand technology so that you can communicate your ideas electronically. That way, nothing will be misinterpreted or lost in the translation.”
Dan  Grabowski
Dan Grabowski