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  • Chris Haines


    Somerville, MA

From an early age I was obsessed with redesigning everything I saw. I was never satisfied with what was out there, I wanted to make things function better and to be more aesthetically pleasing. In 2005 I started the design studio ideaka now located in a converted church in Somerville, MA I believe strongly that design should not only be beautiful and function well, it should also be fun. Ben and Jerry's said it best "If it is not fun, why do it?"

Work Samples

  • Lighting & Product Design

  • Turn Me On™

  • Accessories

Work History

CHRIS HAINES 17 Bow St #35 Somerville MA 02143 • ideaka@gmail.com EDUCATION Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Providence, RI Bachelor of Fine Arts in Furniture Design 2005 Abroad: Winter Session in Australia & Tasmania Furniture Design 2004 STRENGTHS A blend of technical skills, combined with solid design experience and the vision to marry novel ideas with market opportunities; Proficient with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, In Design, PowerPoint, Form-Z; Ability to gain clients’ loyalty with proven long-time partnerships; Self-driven, disciplinary, hard working and dependable. DESIGN EXPERIENCE ideaka, Somerville, MA 2005-present •Founder, furniture, apparel, accessories, and product design •Products can be found at: ideaka.com, Newbury Comics, RISD Works, and other boutique/gift stores in the USA and Canada. •Products have been featured in print, TV and film. Freelance Designer 2008-present •San Giorgio Corp. Bristol, RI Graphic and product design: Drink Smart ™ Graphic and packaging design: Heavenly ™ hand sanitizer and towelettes •Fred & Friends Cumberland, RI Product design: Brain Freeze™ ice cube tray •Decor Craft Inc/ DCI Providence, RI Office supply product design: push pins, magnets & paperclips TEACHING •RISD, Continuing Education Department, Providence, RI, 2007-2010 Teaching Assistant: Intro to Power tools •Blackstone Academy Charter School, Providence, RI 2005 Volunteer Instructor for conceptual furniture design FILMS •Underdog ( Disney Film) 2006 Art Department Assistant for Art Director and Set Designers •Normal Adolescent Behavior ( Independent Film) 2006 Set Dresser & Contributing Artist AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS Woods Gerry, Senior Furniture Show • Cereal Bowl Lamp, Building Bed and Lounge Chair, 2005 Gallery Kats, Student Exhibition • Floki (ottoman) and Lounge Chair, 2004 Providence Art Club, Bent and Woven • Fidelity Investments Juried show, Lounge Chair, 2004 NICHE Magazine, Award Finalist Mixed Media • Metropolis (side table), 2003 •References available upon request


Rhode Island School of Design