I am so excited to have my first guest post! I’d like to introduce you to my fabulous and creative cousin, Sara Swecker. Sara works with the team at Nine6 Design, where she combines her love for furniture design and architecture. I’ll let her explain the rest…take it away Sara!
I’m an architect and furniture designer and usually into anything else creative. I went to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC for my architecture undergrad and violin performance. Then moved to Maryland where I went to Morgan State University, Baltimore, for my Master of Architecture.
It was there where I met Matt and Joe. After a three-way tie for that year’s Thesis Design Award, we talked about if the two of them ever went into business to give me a call. Well, they did. A couple years later they had started Nine6 Design specializing in architecture, furniture design and interiors. Odd name, yes, let me explain: Their thesis project in grad school was to convert shipping containers into housing. The US has an abundance of shipping containers as it is more expensive to ship empty containers to our foreign suppliers than to just send over more. The height of these containers is 9 feet 6 inches. Nine6. We’ve continued to explore the reality of converting shipping containers into viable housing, but have focused more lately on our furniture.
Our studio is based in York, Pennsylvania where they both live and about a 90 minute drive for me. I work from home and go up once a week to discuss business and work collectively on designs for up-coming pieces which usually involves paper and trace strewn over the tables, cardboard boxes being transformed into furniture, loud music playing, and creativity running rampant! My job description covers a range of topics: furniture designing, architecture, managing our graphics…lots of computer drafting, lots of sketching, lots of emailing, lots of creativity! So far we have been featured on numerous flash sales sites (myhabit.com, gilt.com, fab.com), had our City Life Sideboard shown in Dwell magazine, have worked with several interior designers, and are currently in several retail stores in North America. We’re hoping that business will only get better and our designs will get more positive publicity.