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About Timothy Hardman : Timothy Hardman has been making furniture since 2010. He specializes in an organic modernism style of design, bridging the natural curves and textures of wood with geometric structures. Located in San Francisco, California, his work heavily features the native Californian Claro Walnut. His aim is to create a balance of nature, aesthetic, and functionality in each piece he makes.
STATEMENT OF ART:
In modern society, the majority of efforts are centered around delivering concrete answers to concrete questions. The only data that matters is data that is reproducible, something that can be quantified and taken as fact so that the next generation of results can be based on the previous round. Much of humanity, or civilization, has functioned in this capacity as well, stacking building blocks of problem solving higher and higher as we progress as a species and write the books of history. This systematic thinking has helped progress civilizations in many ways, but also comes at a price. The problem with history as it rolls on, is that things slowly precipitate out of the swirling reality of existence and solidify into fact. As thesis meets antithesis, where initially both parts of the whole were considered equal, only one will prevail, leaving the other to be etched out of historical relevance. Of course, this is helpful in some instances, where we need not accrue useless knowledge of every variety, but at the same time it is reprehensible to reduce the fantastical, indescribable nature of existence to a single objectivity. Life is chaos, and to hammer history into a flat, easily digestible, well defined parcel of information is to lose all the excitement and passion that comes with it. To me, living in this type of world takes all the fun out of life.

Through this dialectic, once something has been figured out, it dies and becomes buried in the graveyard of truth. Comparing a more modern city scape to one of the 1800s (that is to say, a city that has been built exclusively of new buildings to a city that has existed for hundreds of years), the architectural homogeneity immediately becomes apparent. This is mirrored in automotive and furniture design. Certain aspects of industrial designs became objectified through monetary, structural, aerodynamical, or any other set of restrains that goes into the manufacturing of these goods, making it so that when I am walking around in a modern city, I am suffocated by averageness. As history builds on itself, the dialectic continues to devour that anything that questions its truth. If we continue to prioritize rationality, we will doom ourselves into an existence of fantastical mediocrity.

It is for this reason that I believe art is one of the fundamental purposes of life. The critical thinking capacity of humans to progress history is a gift that has allowed us to blossom technologically, but our ability to realize new paths and create answers to questions we did not even know we had, to create something out of nothing, is equally important as our quest to create nothing out of something (problem solving). The destruction of variables around us allows for an increase in quality of life for many and the ability to relate to those around us through common principles. For instance, if I have running water in my house I have more time to talk to my neighbor because I don't need to go to a well. But we are also capable of creating art, of actualizing passions and bringing more variables into the same equation which can help us relate to one another on a more intrinsic level. I believe both of these components are equally important in our progress towards happiness in life. For me, I find myself practicing this through furniture design. Of course, there need not be another chair or side table that should be designed or brought into existence logically. Functionality wise, furniture will likely never change, but our ability to interact with it, to coexist with our living spaces and enjoy our state of being, can change. In my opinion it is not how the furniture functions, but how you function with the furniture that is a more powerful metric of design. I see myself as a designer who tries to maintain function in form, but also create beauty out of simplicity.

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Biologist Health care, paramedics, laboratory

EDUCATION:
2017, Biochemistry, BA, Pitzer College, Claremont/USA

EXPERIENCE:
2014-2018, Woodworker, Mattermaker Design
2018-2021, Lead Designer, THDesigns

AWARDS:
2021, Top 10 Furniture Design, Etsy Design Awards

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English (Native)
Spanish (Advanced)

WEB SITE:
https://www.thdesignstore.com/

REGISTRATION DATE:
2021-10-05 17:51:04

COUNTRY/REGION:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Timothy Hardman


Rollerback Rocker Chair

A' Design Award Winner for Furniture Design Category in 2021
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Runner-Up status designs by Timothy Hardman


Carlyle Bench

Runner-Up for Furniture Design Category in 2021
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Carlyle Stool

Runner-Up for Furniture Design Category in 2021
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Rollerback Armchair

Runner-Up for Furniture Design Category in 2021
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