Maurice VanderLinden headshot in studio

February 2024 – An aerospace engineer by trade, Maurice VanderLinden left the corporate world in 2017, to dedicate more time to personal interests such as woodworking. Maurice began with a one-year furniture program at Williams & Cleal in England. He now has a small workshop called Tiglio Artisan (@tiglioartisan) based in Naples, Italy.

Maurice VanderLinden headshot in studio

In 2019, Maurice came to the Center as a Fellow. “My goal for the fellowship program was to learn to make chairs, even though I completely underestimated all the elements that go into chair design!”

Maurice found the knowledge and assistance at CFC invaluable throughout the process. “At that time there were some exceptional designers in the fellowship, and trying to understand their design approach and attention to design details was priceless for me.”

Maurice continues to make furniture as well as wooden sculptures. He draws much of his inspiration from the minimalist lines of Scandinavian and Japanese design. Sculpting with simple tools like a portable grinder and rasps, Maurice explores freeform shapes for his product designs and imagines how that might flow into future furniture projects. “I try not to repeat myself in my work, always attempting to make unique projects that challenge me from both the design and construction aspects.”