About Damian Velasquez | Modern Furniture Designer | Albuquerque, NM
Damian Velasquez founded his furniture studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1990, offering a small collection of steel beds and tables to local stores and clients. Self-taught in the processes used to produce his designs (metalworking, powder coating, woodworking, staining, and assembling objects), his designs evolved from the stark, geometric, all-steel forms to singular pieces that combine steel, wood and other materials.
Damian’s elegant furniture derives from his own personal style, a signature that reflects his history, environment and passion for working with his hands. Refined and innovative, his work emanates a crisp, classic style informed by his interest in mid-century design and balanced by his own manipulation of materials. Distinctive and timeless, Damian’s furniture collection blends effortlessly with a broad range of furnishings and environments. His classic storage pieces like the “Don’t Fall Down” and “Donju” dressers combine brushed steel and dyed maple and are among his most popular of offerings.
Damian has always been “a maker of things” beginning at age eleven, when he learned the art of jewelry making from his father. Damian continued to create striking jewelry through high school and began experimenting with other materials in college, including acrylic sculptures and futon frames. Damian continues to develop his design aesthetic by collecting mid-century modern objects, handcrafting fixed-gear bikes and enjoying inspiring buildings and structures on his travels.
More inclined to let his furniture speak for him, Damian describes the inspiration for his furniture collection as, “…an expression of my desire to offer beauty in objects we use everyday. I admire and am inspired by the era when studio artists produced a body of work for clients who appreciated design and fine craftsmanship and who understood that timeless design can be a part of our lives forever. I enjoy the process of creating pieces that I know will be as stunning for years to come, just as when they were created."