Brian Graham – Partner, Graham Design
Designer. Advocate. Advisor. Brian Graham offers a strategic approach in the design, development and marketing of workplace furniture.
“Everything is designed,” notes Brian who, conversely, designs almost everything. Perhaps best known for elegant casegoods and distinctive seating collections, Brian is involved in a wide range of genres, consulting across disciplines and crafting integrated design programs for his clients.
Brian received a BFA in Interior Architectural Design at California State University, Long Beach, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor. In 1999, he established the Graham Design studio in San Francisco, to offer a strategic approach to the design, development and marketing of furniture, lighting and related products for the contract market. Today, Brian is widely respected for his work with industry leaders.
Beyond products and exhibits, Graham’s broad design literacy allows him to orchestrate strategic product planning initiatives for his clientele, advising on their overall creative path, as well as contributing product and showroom design.
Graham’s design solutions have been recognized by the most prestigious organizations in the U.S., including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Institute of Business Designers, The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design, The International Facilities Management Association and The Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA).
A native of Southern California, Brian Graham cites the Los Angeles modernist tradition and 20th century masters Richard Neutra and Charles Eames as key influences. Like those icons of American architecture and design, Graham is an advocate of the idea that design is about making people’s lives better. Smart interpretations of modern principles – simplicity, practicality, function – give his work a classic, timeless quality.
“I’m an interior designer who has evolved into a furniture designer” says Graham, “and it informs everything that I do. While it's important to understand the object that we're designing, it’s even more vital to understand how it’s going to be used. That’s why planning is the foundation of everything that we do.”
Defining his role as creative consultant and strategist, as well as designer, at any given moment, Graham may be at work to re-tool an identity, develop a retail concept or re-invent a table. “You need to have a bit of peripheral vision in order to integrate the elements that impinge upon design –markets, technology, culture, the human factor.” Graham believes that this approach best serves the client, the user and society.