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About Djivan Schapira : Djivan Schapira is a French-born 25-year old artist, designer, craftsman, and founder of ABDB Designs. After completing a 10-year apprenticeship in woodworking with his father, a master woodworker, Schapira launched ABDB (Au Bout Du Bois) Designs as a platform to channel his creativity, and provide breathtaking functional furniture, art, and accent paneling to the world. Blurring the lines between art and furniture, Schapira's pieces incorporate his one of a kind, patent pending process of stylistically embedding cross-cuts of recycled wooden end grain in colored resin. Schapira's obsession with end grain came from working with his father at an early age, and while at Parsons, Schapira discovered his appreciation for patterns and symmetry. Additionally, while studying architecture at Parsons, Schapira came to the realization that understanding architecture was necessary for setting a new bar in furniture design. This epiphany led to the pursuit of his vision by leveraging his symmetrically positioned the end grain discs while also allowing the end grain's natural beauty and unique properties speak for themselves. Schapira believes that by creating a process and a product never before seen in the art or furniture world, he can inspire others to follow their dreams of creating no matter how radical they may seem. As an immigrant in the United States, Schapira was nearly forced out of the country due to his expiring student visa status. By founding ABDB Designs, as well as achieving patent pending status, receiving small investments, and recruiting a co-founder to help build the company, Schapira was able to secure the prestigious E-2 Business Visa to stay in the country during a time of uncertainty, as the United States believes in ABDB strongly enough to allow him to pursue his dreams. Schapira would note additional achievements as completing the architecture program at Parsons in New York City, as well as curating successful ABDB pop-up events in multiple cities across the country.
STATEMENT OF ART:
My perspective on art and design stems from the realization that they are constant methods of dialogue. Expressing personality though individualistic means and allowing an audience to get a closer look inside the mind of another human being. Whether the medium is literary, visual, performance etc... art and design opens the door to being able to express human consciousness to produce something that someone from a complete different context can interpret and adapt to their own reality thus deepening the dimension of though.

ORGANIZATION:
ABDB Designs LLC

EDUCATION:
Architectural Degree with Honors from Parsons School of Design in New York, New York.

EXPERIENCE:
-2005-2015, Woodworking Apprenticeship, Amourette, HOBOKEN/USA
-2015-2019, Private Client Restorations, Self Employed, NEW YORK CITY/USA
-2016-2019, Founder/Head Designer/Head Maker, ABDB Designs, UNION CITY/USA

EVENTS:
-2018, ABDB Designs Pop-Up Shop, co-creator/head of design & production, Dial M for Modern, CHICAGO/USA
-2018, ABDB Designs Presents: Cocktails & Craftsmen, co-creator/head of design & production, Soho House Chicago, CHICAGO/USA
-2018, ABDB Designs Chicago Showcase Celebration & Installation, co-creator/head of design, production & installation, Blind Barber Chicago, CHICAGO/USA
-2018, ABDB Designs Presents: A New York Showcase, co-creator/head of design & production, East Village Playhouse, New York/USA

PRESS APPEARANCES:
-2018, "How ABDB Designs Founder Djivan Schapira Creates stunning Furniture", Michigan Avenue Magazine, https://michiganavemag.com/abdb-designs-djivan-sch
apira, CHICAGO/USA

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
-French, Native
-English, Native

COMPUTER LITERACY:
-Adobe Illustrator, Advanced
-Adobe Photoshop, Advanced
-Adobe InDesign, Advanced
-AutoCAD, Advanced
-Rhino, Advanced

HOBBIES:
Drawing, designing prototypes, research and development, going to see live music, live music photography, going to museums and seeing new exhibitions, exploring New York City and the rest of the world when possible.

CLIENTELE:
Commercial:
2018, Blind Barber Chicago, Designed & manufactured six custom 27' table tops to be their exclusive dining and lounge tables and installed them on previous bases
2018, Hoxton Hotel LA, Designed & manufactured four custom cocktail tables exclusively for their outdoor pool deck
2018, Second City Chicago, Purchased two tables from our first collection - Andromeda (cocktail table) and Atlas (end table)

WEB SITE:
https://abdbdesigns.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2019-01-05 22:29:58

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Start-Up

Awards received by Djivan Schapira


Andromeda Cocktail Table

A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2018
Djivan Schapira for Abdb Designs

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