C.Wiencek Design is headed by Colin Wiencek, a skilled maker with an interest in exploring the relationship between fine craft and digital fabrication. His work combines hand skills with cutting edge industrial processes to create versatile designs that work just as well in modern spaces as they do in traditional spaces.
Colin has a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he graduated with honors. He spent his time there honing his craft and exploring, designing, and prototyping, with the hopes of creating his own boutique line of work after graduation.
While at RISD Colin competed in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe in Versailles, France as part of RISD's team. The student team designed and built a 1,000-square foot passive solar home, TechStyle Haus. While the project was a large collaboration, pieces Colin can claim as his own include some of the major furniture elements and a lounge space integrated into the structure. He also took a lead in the design and construction phase of the interior structure.
After RISD, Colin worked as a Furniture & Lighting Designer at Andrew Ward Furniture Maker (now Carve Design Studio), a small high-end custom furniture company in Telluride, CO. Colin led a material-focused redesign of existing product offerings as well as introduced several new design and production processes to modernize the aesthetic while capturing the mountain landscape surrounding the studio. Notably, he developed a line of tables with cast iron bases and fine wood tops, taking reference from the mining history of the area. He carries this mixed-material aesthetic into his independent work today.
Most recently, Colin spent the winter of 2016 as Artist in Residence in Furniture & Woodworking at Anderson Ranch Art Center outside Aspen, CO. This program provides studio space and support to promising emerging artists and designers. He used the residency to explore hand and digital craft and ultimately developed a line of hanging lights that are both geometrically complicated and easily assembled. His work at Anderson Ranch is the inspiration for the Trico Collection available now.