Behind the Design: Joe Gibson of Revolution Design House

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Our Behind the Design series aims to shed light on 2Modern’s new makers, emerging American designers dedicated to the craft of small-batch, hand-made design. Today we sit down with Joe Gibson, the co-founder and lead designer of Portland studio Revolution Design House.

RDH portrait photo- Kevin Ward

How did you get into design of furniture / home goods?  How did you go about learning the skills?  
From a young age I have always enjoyed working with my hands, building and fixing things. It was not until my twenties when I left San Diego to move up to Portland to attend Oregon College of Art and Craft. At OCAC I double majored in Wood and Metal-smithing. So most have my skills have come from my time at OCAC.

How long does your design process typically take?
Each object or piece has it’s own timeline, a lot of factors go into it, for example: Is the piece going to be a limited one of a kind piece, or is it something for production? I would say my favorite process is finding scraps or pieces of wood from around the shop and using them to inspire a product. For the Boxcar Planter Set I was inspired by some larger scraps of wood that I had in the shop from teaching a wood turning class.

RDH Boxcar Ash and black in home
What piece of work are you most proud of?
That is a tough question, kind of like which child is your favorite? As a designer I do mybest to pour my whole self into each piece that I create or help create, so they each have a special place in my heart. But from a new business owners point of view the Boxcar has taught us so much about the whole process from design all the way through production and on to market. It has been a fun ride and we have learned so much at each step. Also we are very excited about what we are working on for next season.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
I love walking my dog every morning, rain or shine it gives me a few moments of clarity before heading to the shop. Also my fiancee is a chef, so I spend a lot of my free time enjoying meals with her.


What would you do if you weren’t an artist/designer?
If I was not a maker, I could see myself working in the service industry. I think my fiancee and I would open a restaurant together.

What are some of your favorite blogs or design resources?
On the web I enjoy Design Milk and Not Cot for fun design inspiration. Locally the team at Eyes and Edge always have interesting Portland goings on. From the print world I subscribe to both Dwell and Gray Magazine.

Are you digital?  If so, where can we find you?

  Twitter  |  Instagram |  Pinterest  |  Facebook  | Tumblr

Check out the work of Revolution Design House on the 2Modern site.

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1 Comment

  1. Rick Brown

    Aug 25, 2014 at 1:44 am

    I really appreciate your design work. it’s really beautiful. Amazing :)

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