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  • Paul Isabella

    Furniture & Product Designer

    Minneapolis, MN

Paul Isabella is a designer and craftsman based in Minneapolis, MN. His work is clear and genuine, with a deep passion for what he does. His specialties lie in the fields of product and furniture design. Trained as a furniture maker and designer, he is inspired by an abundance of sources; pulling energy from people like Ernst Haeckel, Finn Juhl, Dieter Rams, Jens Risom, and Sam Maloof. More importantly the decisions he makes are informed by things in everyday life and the natural world. Grabbing from anywhere, he interprets data and visual information in a way that translates into his own work. He is currently living and working from his studio/shop space in Minneapolis. He continues to design and prototype and is open to consultation and freelance work. Get in touch if you have a project that you would like to talk about.

Work Samples

  • K-Lamp

  • Zub Zibi

  • Kast

Work History

Profile: A solid foundation in furniture, product and packaging design with a keen understanding of 3-D modeling/prototyping, furniture fabrication/construction, packaging, typography, and print design. A strong work ethic with the ability to self-manage and meet deadlines whenever required. Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, May 2008 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA Abilities: • Adobe Creative Suite 5 • Freehand Sketching + Visualization • Solidworks • Rhino • Hypershot • Maxwell Render • Prototyping/ model building • Woodworking construction techniques; cabinetry, bent wood, and other traditional methods • Metal fabrication techniques; mill processes & welding • Plastic techniques; moldmaking, casting, thermoforming, vacuum-forming • Graphic layout and design for print and web • Print production skills and knowledge • Basic knowledge of CSS, HTML & Javascript • Image retouching and preperation for web and print • Digital Photography (particularly product/studio lighting setups) • 35mm cameras • Black/white and color film processing and printing Experience: -Isabella Studio- Senior Designer; June 2012 - Present Working on various client driven projects, including furniture, product and packaging design. -Willie Willette Works- Woodworker; October 2011 - October 2012 Worked with team to build and plan high-end custom furniture pieces. -Vintage Material Supply- Woodworker; Dec 2010 - May 2011 Working on a contract basis to fabricate furniture and other woodworking pieces for multiple clients. -StyleFactory LLC- Designer, Consultant; July 2010 - July 2011 Working with design director in producing new pieces for upcoming collections. -Pockette LLC- Art DIrection, Designer; August 2010 - Art direction and branding provided for a start-up company including a new website, marketing material and viral web campaign. -Nooka Inc.- New York, NY Product & Graphic Designer; October 2008 – August 2010 Worked with product design team developing new innovative Mindstyle™ products to introduce into the already thriving and technology driven Nooka line of products. Responsibilities included seeing new design go from sketch and concept stage, to 3D modeling, working with factories and seeing a finished product realized and sold internationally. Also worked with head art director with graphic design, photography and re-touching responsibilities along with art direction on certain projects for print and web. -Erich Ginder Studios- Internship; summer 2007 Collaborated in product development, working with manufacturers and material suppliers, along with seeing a product go from prototype to production stage. -Teaching Assistant- SCAD Summer Seminars, Savannah, GA Assisted in teaching students beginning skills in furniture visualization and prototyping. -ICFF booth design 2006- New York, NY Worked with design group developing concept that was used for the SCAD booth at ICFF. Exhibits: Urban Outfitters Competition Design selected to be built for retail display unit in Savannah retail location. 2008 Pinnacle Design Competition LCD TV stand selected for production. 2008 Adirondack III: Transformation/Reinvention 10-karat chair selected for display at IUP exhibition. 2008 ICFF WilsonArt booth Chair selected for display to showcase their product. 2007


Savannah College of Art and Design