On The Table

Craig Schnack

November 23 | 2pm | Sterle’s Country House

Bellwether welcomes furniture designers Christopher Schanck and Jack Craig for a conversation moderated by Mark Moskovitz. On the Table will be a look at contemporary, studio-based, furniture design practice. Also under discussion will be what’s involved in working out of the zeitgeist and/or in isolation.



Christopher Schanck works out of his home-cum-studio in Detroit, Michigan. Schanck was born in 1975 and raised in rural suburbs of Dallas,Texas. He attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas (1994). Schanck moved to NYC on a scholarship to S.V.A. and Majored in Painting/Sculpture, graduating with honors (1999). He studied postgraduate fine arts in London at Central Saint Martins. Chris has worked as a professional model maker, museum/gallery preparator, and cabinet maker in NYC. Chris attended graduate school for 3D design at Cranbrook Academy of Art (2010). He opened his studio in BangTown, Detroit. Chris was hired as Assistant Professor at Lawrence Tech. University. He’s currently represented by Johnson Trading Gallery in NYC.

Born in Washington, D.C., Jack Craig’s work blends craft, design, and industry. Craig earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, before working for the U.S. Navy’s infrared division. He subsequently studied Industrial Design at the University of Illinois, earning a Bachelor of Art in 2010. He continued on to Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he received a Master of Fine Art in 3D Design. Based out of Detroit, Michigan, Craig’s designs are characterized by a desire to shift observers’ understandings of everyday objects. Notable pieces include the ongoing PVC Series (2012-), for which the designer heats and manipulates PVC water main piping by hand, transforming an often-overlooked material into a collectable item. Craig is represented by Johnson Trading Gallery.

Mark Moskovitz was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1973 and currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1996 with a dual degree in Environmental Conservation and English. In 2000 he studied at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.  He earned his MFA in 3D Design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 2005. Moskovitz won a Daimler Chrysler Emerging Artist Award that same year. He was an Artist-in-Residence, also in 2005, at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany and named by Wallpaper* Magazine as one of “The World’s 10 Most Wanted Designers.” His work has also been featured in Dwell, Art Review, The New York Times, and many International design publications and in recent shows at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, North Carolina. Information and Imagery available at www.fiftytwothousand.com.