United States of America
Cameron Smith has a passion for design and approaches everything he does as a design challenge. With design training from Stanford University’s renowned design program, he’s built a successful design career founding and running a product development consulting firm. With 30 years of design experience, he has been honored with international awards for furniture, lighting and product designs. His background in mechanical engineering and industrial design helped shape his design philosophy which centers around exploring design and the interaction between people and the products they use in both technical and emotional ways.
He approaches his business career in much the same way he does design and is always looking for new and innovative ways to challenge himself to build something new. As an entrepreneur he built and started a Polo club that produces a local, annual lifestyle magazine and hosts a summer polo party sponsored by Rolls-Roycethat has grown to over 1,000 guests. Cameron has also ventured into real estate with a desire to renovate historic buildings and bring them back to vibrant parts of the community. Although his business ventures are varied, Cameron maintains his core love of design through all his ventures..
Cameron has a long history and love for furniture design. Through design school he gravitated toward furniture and more environmental designs over electronics. His master’s thesis at Stanford University centered around cordless environments and manifested itself in a unique sculptural desk which he continues to use to this day. By starting Furniture Smith, Cameron created an avenue to re-engage in the design process and create truly novel designs that spawn from inspiration and raise the standards and consumer expectations for everyday products. His drive to explore form and function by merging art and engineering to create unique pieces is rare in a business environment measured by economic success. With his keen eye for detail, he emulates the human body as an innovative machine and as an art form. Each piece is beautifully crafted and thought out with parts that are as functional as they are elegant.
1993 BS: Mechanical Engineering: University of Washington
1993 BFA: Industrial Design: University of Washington
1997 MS: Engineering in Product Design: Stanford University
Product Creation Studio, CEO (1999-current)
Seattle Polo & Equestrian Club, Owner (2012-current)
Furniture Smith, Owner (2020-current)
AWARDS AND PRIZES
2021 – Muse Design Award – Furniture Smith – Good Day Chaise Longue
2021 – Muse Design Award – Furniture Smith – Arms Outdoor Lounge Chair
2021 – Muse Design Award – Furniture Smith – Decker Folding Yacht Chair
2021 – SIT Furniture Design Award- Best in category – Furniture Smith – Good Day Chaise Longue
2021 – SIT Furniture Design Award- Honorable Mention – Furniture Smith – Arms Outdoor Lounge Chair
Red Dot Award - Advanced Bionics Neptune cochlear implant processor
Medical Design Excellence Awards - Advanced Bionics Neptune cochlear implant processor
Red Dot Award - MotusBaseball 3D motion capture sensor
I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review – Emphasis light:flash
Good Design Award – Emphasis light:flash
Good Design Award – Emphasis light:night
IDSA NW - Emphasis light:night
Good Design Award – Zeno acne clearing device
Good Design Award – Isaac’s Workbench
Outdoor Longue Chair
The Arms lounge chair is a short lounge chair with bent legs designed for comfort and social interactions with others. The shorter length compared to straight legged lounge chairs allows it to fit in tighter spaces more comfortably. The use of powder coated aluminum and teak provide ample protection to the elements in an outdoor environment. Slots in the sheet metal frame allow captured water to drain and add ventilation for drying.
Chaise Lounge Chair
The aluminum seat is suspended from an aluminum crossbar and leg structure. The leather pads are formed to produce a clean look without stitching or seams.
Folding Yacht Chair
Inspired by the need for quality compact furniture on yachts, the Decker folding yacht chair easily folds from a lounge chair to a compact form factor. Teak wood slats are secured to webbing straps rather than the stainless steel frame to provide flex and added comfort in the seat. A jog in the seat frame creates a handle when folded and allows the needed geometry for an over center design that keeps the webbing in tension and the backrest open while in use. The teak seat and back slats are secured to webbing straps that run from the front of the seat to the top of the back. When unfolded, the unique over-center design provides tension on the straps holding the teak seat and back. The straps provide a secure seat that flexes and gives with the user.