Welcome to Design Furnace. I’m Kurt, an interior and product designer living in Palm Springs, California. Frankly, I’m a bit obsessed with design. I try to incorporate it into my daily life. You never know what will ignite the flames of creativity. This blog is about those every day sparks of inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the blog.
For over 25 years, I have been designing and decorating homes for clients. My philosophy is to draw upon the personality of the client and create for them a highly personal home that addresses their wants and needs. It is important the finished product reflects my client’s personality, not mine My role is that of gentle guide.
Creative Director & Product Designer
As creative director for a manufacturer, I’ve translated clients’ ideas into products. As well as designing new product lines, I have overseen their fabrication at the factory in China.
Writing design articles gives me a forum in which to express my opinions and theories on design in a more detailed format. As a writer, my goal is to educate readers about design. My goal is to show how good design can improve the daily lives for those who may find it intimidating or even superfluous.
In addition to monthly articles and design columns for magazines and newspapers, I have also had the opportunity to write voice-over scripts for several shelter televsion shows.
I authored a DIY tablescaping how-to book, Centerpieces through the Year.
Design Teaching & Speaking
As a lecturer, I have taught design classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles. These included Human Factors in Design and Green Design.
My fervor for design and decorating, has put me in front of the camera as well. I have appeared on numerous shelter design television shows demonstrating DIY design projects and discussing my decorating and design theories.