Nancy & Brian Graham
Graham Design offers to our clients a strategic approach to workplace furniture design, development and marketing. We instinctively understand applications and in turn respond with innovative product designs that address evolving workplace needs and trends.
We work directly with your team to shape solutions that are understandable, manufacturable, and marketable. We can then help a company define its niche and shape its brand through authentic marketing of these new products across a broad spectrum of communication platforms.
Designer. Advocate. Advisor. Brian Graham offers a strategic approach in the design, development and marketing of workplace furniture.
“Everything is designed,” notes Brian who, conversely, designs almost everything. Perhaps best known for elegant casegoods and distinctive seating collections, Brian is involved in a wide range of genres, consulting across disciplines and crafting integrated design programs for his clients.
Brian received a BFA in Interior Architectural Design at California State University, Long Beach, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor. In 1999, he established the Graham Design studio in San Francisco, to offer a strategic approach to the design, development and marketing of furniture, lighting and related products for the contract market. Today, Brian is widely respected for his work with industry leaders.
Beyond products and exhibits, Graham’s broad design literacy allows him to orchestrate strategic product planning initiatives for his clientele, advising on their overall creative path, as well as contributing product and showroom design.
Graham’s design solutions have been recognized by the most prestigious organizations in the U.S., including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Institute of Business Designers, The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design, The International Facilities Management Association and The Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA).
A native of Southern California, Brian Graham cites the Los Angeles modernist tradition and 20th century masters Richard Neutra and Charles Eames as key influences. Like those icons of American architecture and design, Graham is an advocate of the idea that design is about making people’s lives better. Smart interpretations of modern principles – simplicity, practicality, function – give his work a classic, timeless quality.
“I’m an interior designer who has evolved into a furniture designer” says Graham, “and it informs everything that I do. While it's important to understand the object that we're designing, it’s even more vital to understand how it’s going to be used. That’s why planning is the foundation of everything that we do.”
Defining his role as creative consultant and strategist, as well as designer, at any given moment, Graham may be at work to re-tool an identity, develop a retail concept or re-invent a table. “You need to have a bit of peripheral vision in order to integrate the elements that impinge upon design –markets, technology, culture, the human factor.” Graham believes that this approach best serves the client, the user and society.
Nancy Graham’s career has thrived at the intersection of design and business. Her design approach emerged first as an interior design student at San Diego State University and deepened working with prominent architecture and interior design firms in Los Angeles. She then acquired uncommon insight into markets, client needs and the user experience during her tenure with design-driven companies like Geiger, a division of Herman Miller, and Knoll, Inc.
In senior roles at Geiger and Knoll, Nancy directed projects for clients who ranged from international law firms and financial groups to high-tech giants and start-ups. She became a trusted resource and partner to the A&D community, developing innovative product applications in response to evolving workplace needs and trends. Nancy was also instrumental in opening new markets, building brand and market presence and achieving consistent growth.
At Graham Design, Nancy offers clients a strategic approach to furniture design, development and marketing. She helps a company define its niche and shape its brand through relevant products and compelling messaging across a vast array of media. She works with independent designers on new products and with her creative team on brand, web sites and social media—all within the context of design excellence and market intelligence.