Designer Levi Christiansen to Launch Furniture Line
Matt Chenot Levi Christiansen with the X-IV chair and the Skål coffee table
Arizona native Levi Christiansen is hosting a launch party to celebrate his new furniture brand at Double Duck Design studio from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 15.
Originally trained in photography and marketing, Christiansen moved to New York City to pursue his photography career. It was in the Empire State that Christiansen became interested in other artistic media.
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Matt Chenot XIV table and Skål coffee table
"Designing furniture just really took over," Christiansen says. "Being in New York and thinking about all of the spaces there and how people lived in such close quarters."
He started designing more and shooting less. Then he ended up coming back to Arizona to start his line of furniture, with the intent of doing everything on the local level.
Christiansen is self-taught when it comes to designing and building furniture. He says it was an interesting process, starting from a place like that and deciding to create a line.
"I thrive off new challenges and new ideas more than anything," says Christiansen. "So it was really an ideal way for me to be creative because I got to take on something brand new and really discover all there was to discover."
Courtesy of Levi Christiansen
Christiansen says his furniture is inspired by Arizona and its desert landscapes, and he uses a lot of rustic and rugged materials like copper, Arizona woods, and leather to create his minimalist designs.
The line's concept is suspension, he says, and every piece is designed to look as if the surface is floating independently of its support structure. The collection includes chairs, end tables, coffee tables, small decorative items and custom pieces that Christiansen will collaborate on with clients. Pieces range from $30 for a painted wood vase to $2,499 for a vanishing sling chair.