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Gabriel Hargrove

“I am most interested in designing objects that foster a significant relationship between the user and the product through subtle, even playful, interaction.”

The School of the Art Institute Chicago: Masters of Design, 2009
The University of the South: Sewanee: Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2004

Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite,
Rhinoceros 3D, RhinoCam, Key Shot Render,
Maxwell Render, HTML, Processing, and
Traditional woodworking, CNC routing,
pattern and mold making, welding, laser
cutting, vacuum forming, and 3D rapid
Fine Art
Art Direction, Digital and film photography,
drawing, and sculpture

INDEX Award Nominee 2013
Betsy Karp Graduate Award, SAIC 2009
Order of Gownsmen, Sewanee 2004

UNIQUE USA: Los Angeles, CA
Brilliant Corners: Chicago, IL
Danese Milano: Milan, Italy
ODLCO: Chicago, IL
People of the Sun: Blantyre, Malawi
CONIFER Research: Chicago, IL
Cheese Store of Beverly Hills: Los Angeles, CA
Ruckus Nation: Web
Signature Research: Douglasville, GA
YMCA Metropolitan Los Angeles, CA

Design Consultant - Current
Focusing on design research and consulting for clients, my studio work involves
producing models, sourcing materials, and fabricating product and system
designs. Projects vary from designing and producing lighting, cookware,
furniture, home accessories, and graphic design. I consult independent design
companies internationally, providing proposals or prototypes prepared for

Signature Research- Atlanta, Georgia 2015
Designer: Signature Research is a full service challenge course company that
designs, builds, trains, and inspects zip line canopy tours and challenge courses.
As a consultant, I’ve designed and drafted specifications for several projects
varying from residential luxury camping treehouses to team challenge courses
all over North America.

People of the Sun- Blantyre, Malawi 2014
Designer: People of the Sun works with artisan villages of Malawi to produce
collections of home goods and distribute them to larger, international markets.
My work with the Tiyanjane cane weavers explores using their existing methods
of hand fabrication to produce chairs that appeal to modern design markets as
well as increase their efficiency and lower costs for shipment out of Africa.

ODLCO- Chicago, IL 2011, 2013
Designer: I worked alongside cofounders of ODLCO, Lisa Smith and Caroline
Linder, to produce a small run of American-made cast iron cookware. Through
internet fund-sourcing we raised enough capital to produce a run of iron pots,
lids, and trivets sold across the world, launching their small-batch design

Sullivan Fabrication Studio- Chicago, IL 2009-2010
Manager: During the time I managed SFS the volume of our service increased
over 20 percent. I directed 15 people to teach and lead the building of
prototypes, architectural models, and furniture designs. Other duties included
providing instruction and guidance in project fabrication, model building, control
practices, mold-making, CNC routing and tool path writing in RhinoCAM, as
well as vacuum forming, and small-scale injection molding.

CAMP- Unique LA 2014, 2015
Speaker: CAMP is a creative conference that strategically curates workshops
and experiences to stimulate both the mind and body. I have been a returning
speaker teaching woodcraft techniques and guiding participants through a
constructed woodcarving experience.

Salone Satellite Exhibition- Objects for the Age 2009
Designer: Participated by special invitation in the Salone del Mobile Satellite
show in Milan, Italy. I exhibited with a group of designers conceptual objects
proposed for a new political administration.

The Expanding Classroom 2008
Designer: In collaboration with Danese Milano and Jonathan Olivares Design
Research, I designed new typologies of home accessories derived from
ethnographic research. The prototypes produced were tailored to Danese’s
limited manufacturing capabilities and were displayed in their Milan showroom
alongside works by Enzo Mari and Ross Lovegrove.