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100 Top Product Designer: Christopher Schanck

Christopher Schanck is a Detroit-based top product designer who embraces contradiction in his creative work, finding a comfortable place between the distinctions of dilapidation and assemblage, individual and collective, industrial and handcraft, romanticism, and cynicism. Do you want to explore unique and timeless pieces? Take a look and get amazed by each detail!


“If you make a commitment to something very ordinary, you can still realize something special.”

Christopher Schanck

Alufoil Chair

Christopher Schanck is recognized for his “Alufoil” series, in which industrial and discarded materials are sculpted, covered in aluminum foil, and then sealed with resin. He received a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in Sculpture and an M.F.A in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2011, he moved to Detroit and founded an expanding design studio with over a dozen artists, students, and craftspeople.



Each product with a unique design created by the top product designer begins as a simple metal frame, which is then filled out using industrial foam and sporadically scraps of particle board before it is sprayed with polyurea, a material often used for truck-bed liners.



“In every piece, I try to fight a sense of good taste and push more obscure proportions. There are no straight lines, no perfect angles.”

Christopher Schanck


See also: 100 Top Product Designer: Arik Levy







His efforts diverge from the mass-produced, instead revitalizing mundane materials by changing them into unique objects of uncommon luxury.


Grotto Console Pomegranate


Shell Chair Red Gold




Unique mirror, from the “Alufoil” series

Christopher Schanck views his famously struggling adopted home as a kind of mood board in transformation—one from which he draws constant inspiration. In life as in work, the top product designer reflects, “imperfection is the standard.”


See also: 100 Top Product Designer: Bec Brittain


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