Studio 4W Designers

Jonathan Hale

Designer / Photographer

Jonathan’s design style was formed by years of looking through a camera viewfinder as a photographer, shooting subjects from fashion to architecture. His work has appeared in publications including Travel & Leisure, Glamour, Mode, I.D, and Seventeen. While he still keeps up with photography, Jonathan decided in 2001 to begin a career in design focusing on furniture.
He was soon commissioned by designers and architects he worked with to make pieces for their clients. His first commercial work was sold in the Ralph Lauren showroom in the Designers and Decorators building in New York City.
Jonathan’s work maintains simple modernistic minimal lines and values. While the functionality of the pieces are important, equal importance is placed on the visual artistry they present.
Jonathan and his family now live in Brooklyn, NY.

Piet Houtenbos

Designer

Piet began his career at Modernlink, one of Manhattan’s premier purveyors of mid-century modern masterpieces. It was there, designing the award-winning Onelink collection, that he developed his understanding of proportion, and the ideals of modern design.
His motivation lies in finding the inevitability of each design, that is, to unearth beauty and purity in the solution of a problem in a way that becomes immediately relatable to anybody. His work often encapsulates a moment or aesthetic idea from the past but presents it in a modern context.
Piet’s work has received much critical acclaim, and has found its way into the homes of fashion, photo, and film icons, as well as legendary architecture and design curators.
Piet received his BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. He currently lives and works in New York City, where he was born and raised by Dutch parents.
View Piet’s work here.

Christopher Lipton

Designer

Beginning with an education in music was an unconventional entry into design. Christopher studied Jazz Performance and Composition at The New School for Social Research in NYC. His interest in music has been a major influence in his approach to shapes, color, form, function and the improvisation of a design; the movement of a piece. “It’s quite similar to a musical composition.”
Growing up in Brooklyn has proven to be an influence in Christopher’s approach to Form and Function. Gaining hands on experience while working for Luther’s and designers, his exposure to the use of materials and finishes makes him a practical designer. Throughout Christopher’s design process he is influenced by both his practical experience and his background in music. These elements coupled with an enthusiastic demeanor to constantly explore new ideas makes for a unique style.
Christopher founded Creative Leaves, Inc. in 2014. Currently they are in the prototype stage of the company and will be launching their Furniture and Product lines Spring 2016.

Erik Gerard

Designer

Erik was born and raised in Greenpoint Brooklyn where he now resides with his wife. He began his career by studying industrial design and construction at SUNY University in Delehi, NY. His first project was to design and build the towns golf course club house. After returning to Brooklyn Erik honed his design and fabrication skills working at City Joinery. Erik’s designs straddle a line between contemporary and traditional. His work pays tribute to early 19th century pieces, while giving them an updated modern design aesthetic.

Joel Seigle

Designer

Joel Seigle is a designer / maker based in Red Hook Brooklyn. After studying at Pratt, U of M and in Copenhagen, Joel has pursued his own studio work. He recently co-founded the product design studio Harold.

Jonathan Kantor

Designer / Photographer

Jonathan is a well established photographer best known for his still life work and more recently for his portraits. Having studied photography and sculpture at Syracuse University, his artistic eye creates bold, graphic images, using light and form to tell a story about his subjects.
Jonathan’s still life work has appeared in campaigns for Chase,  Johnson & Johnson, Tropicana, Target, Reebok, Dove, Stoli, Canon, Westin Hotels, Softsoap, HBO, Revlon, Burberry, and Neiman Marcus among others. He is also a contributor to such magazines as GQ, Self, Men’s Vogue, Newsweek, Details, and Men’s Health. His portraits have recently been published in New York Magazine and Outside Magazines.
Jonathan has received numerous awards since starting his own studio in New York City. He was chosen as one of PDN’s first 30 Under 30 His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Photography Annual, PDN’s Photo Annual and American Photography Annual and he was named one of the top 10 Advertising’s Photographers
by Creativity Magazine.

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