On the Rise: Sean Woolsey
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
by Sean Yashar
Name: Sean Woolsey
Hometown: Costa Mesa, California
Background: A self-taught designer, Woolsey makes one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures, custom furniture, and sheet-metal art. All of his items are “multi-generational” heirlooms with a patinated beauty that grows with age.
Resumé builder: A former designer for quintessential SoCal surf brand Hurley, Woolsey has now turned his attention to more tactile design, with an innate desire for a long-term relationship with his consumers. His fashion career revolved around trend, but his crafts are rooted in the eternal mark of true style.
Recent Projects: A unique series of lamps made from reclaimed parts — including salvaged nautical parts, rusted cans, galvanized pipe, and barn wood — that impart a timeless industrial look. Woolsey is also working on select design/build collaborations, one of which is a masculine pop-up shop in LA this holiday season.