608 is founded on three guiding principles:
6 | FUNCTION Design for dis-assembly (DFD) is integral to every product. DFD means that parts are removable, replaceable and/or can shipped dis-assembled to save on transportation costs. Built in storage also provides greater functionality to each piece whether under the seat or in the arms. While the “guts” for each product are highly detailed, the resulting simple construction helps to define the look of each piece.
0 | OPTIMIZE Computer controlled machines generate repeatedly accurate parts that assemble with ease. 3D software is used in the design and engineering process which provides amazing control. Each design created is optimized for ultimate durability and efficiency in material use, thus doing more with less.
8 | HARMONY As in nature, balance is a fundamental occurrence. All products are constructed with reduced impact materials and designed to be re-purposed in an on going cycle.
Evan began his design career working on the factory floor, learning the old school upholstery craft and understanding how furniture was made. He designed and engineered many soft seating products for residential, contract and healthcare manufacturers. Not far into this learning process, he decided there were great opportunities to make products differently.
His Studio, 608 Design, began in 2007. The idea was to experiment with ideas that fused craftsmanship and technology. Evan uses 3D CAD to accomplish otherwise difficult calculations for incorporating storage in unused spaces and creating unique methods of attaching structural components to one another. The difference is in the details.
These products are exhibited at local design shows each year and intended to provide actual solutions for small space and condominium furniture buyers.
When developing ideas, Evan envisions the product from the inside out. Each design is a refined formula of components that consider ergonomic proportion, durability and material consumption.
His design work is a fusion of geometry, utility, craft and technology.
EXTRACTION | Plywood and solid wood are sourced from managed or local forests. Suggested fabrics are post-consumer and post-industrial recycled polyester or natural wool blends.
PRODUCTION | 3D engineering software enables maximum efficiency in design by optimizing material yield and reducing waste.
DISTRIBUTION | Product are sold and delivered locally. Goods that ship are designed for flat packing and are ready to assemble.
CONSUMPTION | By uniting functionality, modularity and durability in all products; potential for continuous repair and restoration is possible. Sustainably-minded furniture, not the latest disposable trend, is created.
DISPOSAL | Products can be returned to the manufacturer for dismantling. Good components will be re-purposed and distributed through local retailers.