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Scott Klinker

Scott Klinker

Scott Klinker has been Designer-in-Residence and Head of the 3D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art since 2001. Klinker earned a B.S. in Industrial Design from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and later an M.F.A. in Design from Cranbrook. After years of designing in larger corporate contexts - as an in-house designer at Ericsson, and as senior staff at IDEO - Klinker ventured to Japan in 1999 to lead a product design program at the Kanazawa International Design Institute. He also founded his independent studio, Scott Klinker Product Design, which focused on developing licensed designs for contract furniture, household goods and toys. He moved his practice to Cranbrook in 2001 and began to build partnerships with small, design-driven companies that shared his passion for innovation. In 2004, Scott’s Spaceframe Builder’s Kit for Offi & Co. was selected by Fortune magazine as one of the top 25 products of the year. In 2006, following his first solo exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, he was featured as one of Newsweek’s annual ‘Design Dozen’ selection of best new designers. Meanwhile, Scott has been busy organizing and curating exhibitions to promote Design in Kanazawa, Chicago, Detroit, New York and Milan. As an active agent in education, culture and commerce, Scott is building new works, connections and discussions to inspire design culture in America and abroad.

You can see Scott’s products at Design Within Reach Stores, Chicago's NEOCON furniture show and New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair. His work has been featured in ID Magazine, Metropolis, Wallpaper, Interior Design magazine, The New York Times, Fortune and Newsweek magazines.

You can learn more about Scott’s work at


Truss Cafe Chairs for Context Furniture
2006, Birch plywood and laminate
Dimensions: L19.5" W 23" H 29.5"

TrussScott Klinker
Trellis Fruit Holder for Alessi, 2012, Stainless Steel, 28cm x 28cm x 4cm



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Space Frame
Spaceframe Builders Kit
2004, recyclable PET
dimensions variable



Selected Bibliography: Print

Selected Bibliography: Web





Artist-in-Residence Scott Klinker (3D) Designs the “Workplace of the Future”

How will we work in 2020? Artist-in-Residence Scott Klinker was one of 12 finalists who tackled the question for a contest hosted by Staples and Metropolis Magazine. See the top 12 designs here. And see the winners in Metropolis magazine here.

Scott Klinker Serving Tray Picked as Metropolis Favorite

Editors of Metropolis Magazine selected Scott Klinker's serving tray for Alessi as a favorite. Click here for more information.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Wins 2012 ICFF Editors Award for Best Design School

A group of top editors from distinguished global design magazines voted this weekend for their favorite exhibitors and products at this year's annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. They put their seal of approval on Cranbrook Academy of Art at the ICFF Exhibitors Reception, which was named as Best Design School.
This is the fourth year that the Academy's 3D Design Department has been invited by the organizers of ICFF to participate in an exhibition featuring the world's leading design schools. The Cranbrook entry — "Rest and Concentration in the Workplace" — evolved out of a sponsored-student project created by Herman Miller to nurture a new generation of design talent through the exploration of emerging challenges in the workplace. The forward-looking, full-scale-design prototypes for seating and workstations are on display in booths 1170 and 1480 at the Jacob Javits Center through Tuesday, May 22.

"Rest and Concentration" addresses challenges in the modern office where space is required for teamwork as well as rest, concentration and sometimes, 'personal escape.' The project brief from Herman Miller asked Cranbrook's students to confront several questions, such as: When individual workers need a moment away from the group, what type of furniture would be best to support their rest and concentration?; If the new work culture requires an integration of living and working, then what is the new vision of physical rest in a professional setting?  Students researched these questions by interviewing office workers and visiting office environments, including Herman Miller's 'Design Yard,' to better understand the dynamics at play in the contemporary workplace. For more information, please visit here.

Check out the press featured in the New York Times and Architects + Artisans

"Designs From the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair"
New York Times

"The Search for Rest and Concentration"
Architects + Artisans