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About Xander Bremer : Xander Bremer is a San Francisco-based designer. His experience in mechanical engineering, art, architecture, and fabrication is the basis for a holistic approach to design that can approach a problem from many angles. In all his work, the supporting physics, structures, mechanisms, and materials are pulled to the fore and celebrated. The result is simplified, iconic forms that become the voice for a philosophy in which living simply lives makes us richer.

Xander studied at Stanford University’s Joint Program in Design – a 50-year old, interdisciplinary master’s program between art and engineering. Previously, he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University in New York City. Xander has worked for Apple in manufacturing in Shanghai, China, designed kinetic architecture with Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle, WA, and started a business in Brooklyn, NY repairing high-end carbon fiber racing bicycles. He also spent five years racing road bicycles professionally from Vermont to California, and spent a season living and training in Bruges, Belgium while racing in Europe.
STATEMENT OF ART:
In my work I unite contradictory elements to create meaning: equilibrium through imbalance, unity through contrast, art through math, and the practical from the impossible. These are conceptual bridges.

Many of the tools I use are very modern, such as 3-D computer modeling, CNC machining, and TIG welding. But I’m always seeking to root these in something more fundamental – an ancient process, an intrinsic human need, traditional materials, the intimacy of craft – a human mark. These are methodological bridges.

The physical objects I create are always meant to be a bridge across these boundaries to explore cultural dichotomies between mind and body, man and nature, man and machine, order and chaos, past and future.

ORGANIZATION:
Stanford University

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Teacher Education, research, training

EDUCATION:
2015, Integrated Design, MS, Stanford University, Stanford, CA/USA.
2009, Mechanical Engineering, BS, Columbia University, NYC, NY/USA

EXPERIENCE:
Present, Arist-in-Residence, Autodesk Pier 9, San Francisco, CA/USA.
2013-Present, Teaching assistant and lecturer, Stanford Product Realization Lab, Stanford, CA/USA.
2014, Mechanical Design Assistant, Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, WA/USA.
2013, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Intern, Apple Inc, Cupertino CA/USA and Shanghai/CN.
2009-2012, Entrepreneur, BikeCPR, Brooklyn, NYC, NY/USA.

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2014, "Materialists", Thomas Welton Art Gallery, Stanford CA/USA.
2014, "En Media Res", d.School, Stanford CA/USA.
2012, "The Chair: Eleven Original Designs", Cummings Art Library, 2014, "Meet the Makers", d.School, Stanford CA/USA.

EVENTS:
2014, "Maker Faire SF", San Carlos, CA/USA.
2014, "Meet the Makers", d.School, Stanford CA/USA.
2013, "Meet the Makers", d.School, Stanford CA/USA.
2012, "Meet the Makers", d.School, Stanford CA/USA.

AWARDS:
2014, 2nd Prize, Interior Furniture - Student Category, International Design Awards, Los Angeles, CA/USA.
2014, Finalist, Product Design, Red Dot Design Award, Singapore.

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2014... Product Realization Lab - "Connections"
2014... Stanford News - "Stanford grad student sitting pretty after international design competition"
2014... Olson Kundig Architects Presentation - Talk on Masters work in Integrated Design
2014... Stanford University Homepage - Photo and headline for bike frame building
2014... Stanford Engineering Homepage - Same as above
2014... VIDEO: Building a bicycle one step at a time - Stanford News
2014... Stanford students learn to build their own bikes - Stanford Report
2014... Dialogue Vol. 3: On Design, Panelist
2014... Stanford Masters Thesis Lecture
2014... My Maker Story - The Maker Stories Project
2014... Stanford Photo Contest - Xander teaches welding
2013... StanfordArts homepage feature- Cirro Chair

ACCOLADES:
2014, Emerging Designer of the Year - Honorable Mention, International Design Awards, Los Angeles, CA/USA.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English (Native)
Spanish (Intermediate)

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Solidworks, Inventor, Rhino, Arduino, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, HSMWorks, Microsoft Office, HTML.

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
2014, "Design and Manufacturing" Stanford University, Stanford, CA/USA.

HOBBIES:
cycling, hiking, tennis, rock climbing, camping.

WEB SITE:
http://xanderbremer.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
http://xanderbremer.com/about

REGISTRATION DATE:
2014-09-24 20:52:57

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Academic

Awards received by Xander Bremer


Cirro Lounge Chair

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2014
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