Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Calif., Andrew pursued an education at the University of Puget Sound, studying history and sociology. After two years, he moved to Seattle and started working odd jobs before taking woodworking classes at a local trade school. With his degree in cabinet-making, he moved down to Santa Rosa to start an apprenticeship with master craftsman David J. Marks. His interest in furniture design grew, leading him to study furniture design at California College of the Arts, where he later graduated in 2011.

By day, Perkins works at Pablo Designs creating refined and innovative lighting products using the latest LED technology. In his spare time, he designs and creates prototype furniture at an Alameda workshop, which he shares with Russell Baldon—the current chair of CCA’s furniture design department—along with other CCA alumni.

As a furniture designer, he envisions a future as a creator of licensed furniture to be mass-produced—with the freedom to explore, innovate and collaborate—at a firm of his own. On weekends, he’s currently working with two friends and fellow designers to create a design collective with a focus on forgotten knowledge and overlooked objects, using a craft approach to supporting technology. They are hoping to create an inclusive brand that seeks out, supports and collaborates with like-minded designers and artists.



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