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About.

      Leah K.S. Amick is a furniture and product designer currently based in Portland, Oregon where she focuses on fabricating and marketing her original designs. She grew up in rural Indiana and spent her childhood summers in Finland. Leah’s multicultural upbringing has inspired practical objects with a pure and understated aesthetic, where form and function elegantly coincide. Utilizing visual and tactile elements, her most recent pieces provoke curiosity and stimulate a sense of awareness in an object while retaining its functionality.

      Leah recently completed a master’s degree in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in industrial design. She has been involved in a variety of projects ranging from jewelry to medical equipment to modular furniture and her work has been featured in numerous design exhibitions and competitions. 

 

Press:

March 2017  /  Home Crux  /  Twist pendant lamp regulates light intensity with just a turn

February 2017  /  INSIDER Home  /  This Lamp Dims When You Twist It

May 2016  /  Google Design Newsletter  /  5 Things to Love Right Now

May 2016  /  Design Milk  /  Wanted Design’s 2016 Launch Pad Winner: Tomnuk

April 2016  /  Design Milk  /  A’ Design Awards & Competition 2016 Winners

April 2016  /  ArsCity  /  A’ Design Award and Competition: I Vincitori

April 2016  /  Ignant  /  A' Design Awards 15/16: Top 10 Winners

April 2016  /  Italian Bark  /  A' Design Award : Announcing the Winners

January 2016  /  Design Notes: The Design Within Reach Blog/  Toasting winners in our 2016 Champagne Chair Contest.

Sept. 2015  /  AWFS  /  "Meet the New Faces of Manufacturing" Campaign 

Aug. 2015  /  HD Talks  /  Product Designers on the Rise 

 

Upcoming Events:

WantedDesign: The Launch Pad

May 2018  /  NYCxDESIGN /  Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue, New York, NY

 

Accolades:

April - May 2017  /  Periphery: Design Week Portland - Curated Design Show and Panel Discussion  /  Portland, OR

May 2016  /  Honorable Mention  /  WantedDesign NYC: Launch Pad  /  New York, NY

April 2016  /  Golden A' Design Award  /  A' Design Award & Competition  /  Como, Italy

April 2016  /  Piece Selected for Accreditation Exhibition  /  Rhode Island School of Design - Furniture Department  /  Providence, RI

March 31 - April 3 2016  /  Rhode Island Design Show /  Providence, RI

Jan. 2016  /  Second Place  /  Champagne Chair Contest  /  Design Within Reach

Sept. 2015  /  RISD Museum - Permanent Collection  /  Rhode Island School of Design  /  Providence, RI

June - Oct. 2015  /  Juried Entry  /  New Contemporaries - Gelman Gallery  /  Providence, RI

May 2015  /  Pen and Chisel Award for Written Thesis/ Rhode Island School of Design - Furniture Department  /  Providence, RI

May 2015  /  Graduate Thesis Exhibition  /  Rhode Island Convention Center  /  Providence, RI

Nov. 2014  /  Best in Show - Student  /  Fine Furnishings Show  /  Pawtucket Armory Arts Center  /  Pawtucket, RI

March - April 2014  /  Furniture Graduate Student Exhibition  /  Sol Koffler Gallery  /  Providence, RI

Jan. 2014  /  RISD Furniture Design Department Triennial  /  Woods-Gerry Gallery  /  Providence, RI

June 2013  /  U.S. Patent - Convertible Chair

 May 2011  /  Mentor  /  James Dyson Foundation  /  Chicago, IL

Aug. 2010  /  International Semi-Finalist  /  James Dyson Award

Aug. 2010  /  Finalist  /  IWF Design Emphasis Competition  /  Atlanta, GA

July 2009  /  First Place  /  AWFS Freshwood Competition  /  Las Vegas, NV

Feb. - March 2009  /  Juried Entry  /  Westwood Semi-Annual Student Exhibition  /  Purdue Univeristy  /  West Lafayette, IN

2009  /  Third Place Regional Judging  /  James Dyson Award

 

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