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Through friends on facebook I have recently been seeing some projects coming out of Dylan Design Company and was really impressed. I love the patchwork and butterfly details that are found in their walnut pieces. The use of brass and other metals really compliment their craft with wood. I caught up with Tony to see if he would answer a few questions for us.

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Q: Who is?

We’re a small furniture and lighting company, about to relocate to a new work space in Baltimore, Maryland.   We make everything to order. We started 1 year ago.   We make modern furniture using simple, honest materials like reclaimed wood and walnut and steel and brass. 

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Q: What is your background?

I’ve always loved working with my hands ever since I was a little kid.  I studied interior design and drawing and painting in college.   A month after I graduated from college, I needed a sofa for my apartment but couldn’t afford one, so I built one.  After I finished it I had this “Oh, this is what I want to do with the rest of my life” moment.

About a year after I graduated, a friend called me and asked if I wanted to interview for a job on the TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  I interviewed in LA and got the job as a Design Assistant.   I moved up the ranks the next few seasons and by my 3rd and 4th season on the show, I lead the Art Department in the construction of all the custom theme room furniture and special art projects.   I traveled around the country 10 months out of the year and worked with local woodworkers and crafts people to build all the furniture for the new homes in just 7 days. 

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Q: What inspires you and influences your design choices?

Design is a huge struggle for me.  In a good way, I think.  Even though we can create anything, I try to be more selective.  I want to make stuff that no one has seen before.  I worry a lot about what something will look like in 50 years. I want it to look good and be built well enough to last another 100 years.  I get inspiration randomly from a lot of different place.  I have sketchbooks full of drawings that I’m sure I’ll never have time to produce.   I focus a lot on the scale and proportions and material selection for each piece.   I also love watching old movies from the 60’s, and am hugely inspired by new music.

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Q: What is your preferred material to work with, are there any materials that you would like to incorporate into future designs?

I have a mild obsession with Black walnut and Claro Walnut.  I want to work with brass in more unique ways in both furniture and lighting. I like the idea of working with materials that have been sourced responsibly, but could also be recycled or repurposed when the product is no longer useful.

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Q: What trends are you seeing in furniture design, good and bad?

I love the high social importance being placed on US made products and I think that will continue to be really important.   There’s a huge disconnect between that side of furniture production and cheap Ikea crap from overseas that ends up in a landfill after 2 years.  Buying an American made piece of furniture benefits so many people locally and I hope it leads to people living a less consumptive lifestyle.

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Q: My favorite______is________

My new favorite band is Haim.  My favorite drink is a “Pig on the Porch” from The Food Market in Baltimore.

tony oliver modern furniture Dylan Design Company

tony oliver modern furniture Dylan Design Company

tony oliver modern furniture Dylan Design Company

tony oliver modern furniture Dylan Design Company

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