I’m pleased to announce that Kiel Mead will join the Fab team on December 3. Kiel, a product designer and a co-founder of the American Design Club, will lead our initiatives to build an internal design lab and to support and grow the ecosystem of thousands of emerging and established designers working with Fab.
We’ve been fortunate to feature Kiel’s product designs on Fab since our founding and we’re even more fortunate that he has agreed to join us in-house for this next phase of Fab’s journey.
Kiel is a graduate of Pratt Institute and has run his own design studio since 2005. His product designs have been produced by Areaware, and have appeared in retail outlets including MoMA, Cooper Hewitt, Steven Alan, and Michelle Varian. Forbes named Kiel one of “30 Under 30” for Art & Design, and he is one of Prattfolio’s “40 Under 40”. Kiel is an adjunct professor for furniture as well as professional practices and ethics at NJIT, and has been a guest speaker at Parsons The New School for Design. He sits on the Education Committee at Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), and is a member of the steering committee for NYCxDesign.
Beyond the success of his own design work, Kiel’s crowning achievement to date may be the platforms he has created to highlight the creative output of other designers. In 2008, Kiel co-founded the American Design Club (AmDC) to encourage and promote the efforts of emerging designers working in the United States. AmDC has partnered with museums, retailers, and curators to create showcases for designers, their product, and the process of design creation. AmDC exhibitions and presentations have featuring the work of over 400 designers, from those just out of school to established household names. This past April, Fab partnered with AmDC to present the work of over 30 emerging American designers on an international stage at MOST in Milan.
Joining the Fab design team will allow Kiel to continue his work on a larger scale. We sought out Kiel specifically for his multifaceted background and deep connections in the design world. As a designer, a curator, a teacher, a retailer, and a connector, Kiel brings diverse experience and design perspective to Fab. His passion for finding and highlighting the work of emerging designers will be of unique value as we continue to grow our design department. We’re very pleased to have him on the Fab team as we build out the Fab design lab and continue on our mission to brighten people’s lives with design.