Steven Haulenbeek is an American artist and designer living and working in Chicago. He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan and earned a bachelor's degree in drawing and sculpture. In 2004 he began a graduate program in designed objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating in 2006. He fell in love with designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia, while at the same time trying to discover his own path as a sculptor. In 2010 he started his independent practice, Steven Haulenbeek Design Inc. with an emphasis on unique materials and process-based objects for the home. His innovative approach to design has seen him develop new methods for creating objects such as the 'Ice-cast bronze' method, in which he uses the freezing weather conditions of Chicago and uses sand glued to resin. Steven Haulenbeek has been the recipient of several honourable mentions and awards. In 2015 he was named by the New York Times as one of America's most 'exciting designers' emerging and in 2016 he was named American Design Honouree at the Wanted Design Fair during New York Design Week.
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