Sam Friedlander is a furniture maker, designer, and aspiring architect.
In furniture design, he seeks to design functional pieces of furniture with a dash of playfulness and cultural significance. His inspiration comes from a variety of places; from the proportions of bee hive boxes to the intrinsic beauty of trail cairns. He is driven by the goal of bringing joy to the users.
Sam started his professional career and education in architecture. He earned his Bachelors of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, and studied abroad for a semester at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen.
After college, Sam stayed in Pittsburgh to work at the architecture firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. There he gained two years of experience working on a variety of building typologies. This included apartment complexes, historical renovations, a midwife center and affordable housing.
In 2017 Sam left Pittsburgh to be a student in The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship's nine month comprehensive. Creating furniture makes him feel that he is connecting to the human scale which he believes is the core of architecture. Through countless hours of woodworking, Sam gained valuable insight into craft, design, ergonomics, material, and scale.
Sam also likes to learn new skills in his spare time to accomplish personal projects. For example, he taught himself how to sew and pattern make to make the Boro'd Jacket out of his old jeans.
Sam is now living in New York City in pursuit of working for established furniture makers, cabinet makers, or design/build architecture firms. There he will continue to hone his skill set while also studying for the Architect Registration Exams.