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About Erik Christopher DeMelo : Erik Christopher DeMelo is an American Industrial Designer best known for his work in the leather craft industry. Erik was born in New York City on February 4, 1984, he worked in the kitchenware industry at Lifetime Brands before joining the family business with his wife, Hao-Wen Chen in Taiwan. The brand, Ivan Leathercraft, is an industry recognized company that provides leather, craft kits, hand tools, buckles, conchos, hardware, leather dyes and machinery to leather crafters worldwide. Erik Christopher DeMelo was born in Queens, New York, on February 4, 1984, the first of three siblings. His parents Brenda and Gabriel DeMelo are Russian-German and Portuguese decedents. At the age of 16, Erik attended Cooper Union Pre-College Mechanical Engineering program to seek after his dream of becoming an engineer. Erik is known for his engineering sense, finding inspiration in “universal man"and artists like Leonardo da Vinci, while having a passion for both utility and modern designs. He went on to attend Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied Industrial design for four years. After graduating in 2006, he took a design job at Nemo Equipment. In 2005, while working for AgaMatrix, Erik received his first utility patent for “Blood Glucose Monitor Vial For Test Strips”. In 2015, Erik was awarded a design patent for his work in “Cutting Press” design. Following this recognition, he received a Taiwan patent for the same design. Then in 2016, Erik received design patents for “Leather Imprinting Machine” from the USA, Taiwan and China. This design focused on combining tasks like cutting leather, stamp designs and set hardware into one simple, elegant machine. This design became the Silver Award winner in A’ Design Award and Competition Prosumer Products, Tools, and Machinery Design Category in 2016-2017.
STATEMENT OF ART:
The pursuit of art and design excellence is really an effort to capture beauty and love. It's a longing after something that we know is true subconsciously but can't reach or enter into fullness.
In a world where beauty is fleeting, we have the tendency to place a great amount of our worth on the things we create in order to find fulfillment in life. The problem is material things can not bear such weight. In the end, the reason we strive to create great art, design, music, architecture...is because it ultimately points to a greater glory and beauty in Heaven.

ORGANIZATION:
Ivan leathercraft Co. LTD

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Industrial products designer Media, graphic, printing, culture, design

EDUCATION:
2006, BFA Industrial Design, RI, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence/ USA
2005, Intel Mobile Health Technology Sponsored Studio, RI, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence/ USA
2005, The Simulation Group at CIMIT Studio, RI, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence/ USA
2005, RISD-MIT Product Development Studio, MA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston/ USA
2000, Pre-College Mechanical Engineering, Cooper Union, New York/ USA

EXPERIENCE:
2013-Current, Director of Product Design, Ivan Leathercraft CO. LTD, Taipei, Taiwan
2007-2013, Senior Product Designer, Lifetime Brands Inc.,Garden City, NY, USA
2006-2007, Product Designer, Origin Product Development, Inc. Maynard, MA, USA
2006, Product Designer, Nemo Equipment, Nashua, NH, USA

AWARDS:
2016, USA Patent No. D771725, Leather Imprinting Machine, USA
2016, TAIWAN Patent No. D177114, Leather Imprinting Machine, Taiwan
2016, CHINA ZL 2015 3 0400535. 3, Leather Imprinting Machine, China

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English (Native)

COMPUTER LITERACY:
SolidWorks, expert.
Adobe Illustrator, advanced.
AdobePhotoshop, advanced.
Adobe Indesign, advanced.
Key shot, intermediate
Solidworks composer, intermediate

HOBBIES:
Biking, Skiing, Swimming, Hiking

REGISTRATION DATE:
2015-12-14 07:11:55

COUNTRY:
Taiwan

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Enterprise

Awards received by Erik Christopher DeMelo


Kwik Set Multi Purpose Hand Press

Silver A' Design Award Winner for Prosumer Products, Tools, and Machinery Design Category in 2016
Erik DeMelo for Ivan Leathercraft Co. Ltd

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