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Scott Kinkler

Designer, inventor, entrepreneur and educator, Scott Klinker is passionate about giving form to new cultural ideas. He heads the graduate 3D design program at the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art as Designer-in-Residence, where he also received his MFA in 1996.  After building experience 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 and founded his independent studio, Scott Klinker Product Design - focused on developing licensed designs for contract furniture, household goods and toys. He moved his practice to Cranbrook in 2001 and built partnerships with small, design-driven manufacturers that share his passion for innovation. In 2004, Scott's Spaceframe Builder's Kit was selected by Fortune magazine as one of the top 25 products of the year. In 2006, he was featured in Newsweek's annual 'Design Dozen' selection of best new designers. Scott has organized and curated exhibitions to promote Design in Kanazawa, Chicago, Detroit, New York and Milan. As an active agent in education, culture and commerce, he is building new works, connections and discussions to inspire design culture in America and abroad.


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Truss Library Desk and Shelf

Cranbrook Academy Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker created the Truss series for Context Furniture, making this a thoroughly modern Michigan collaboration. The birch plywood pieces are given a coat of white (or bright color) with a plastic laminate, milled on a computer-controlled machine, and flat-packed for handy home assembly.