Topher Gent is a furniture and object designer and craftsman. His background in design and product development ranges from jewelry and luxury goods to furniture and lighting, all of which influence his interdisciplinary studio practice. Through objects and form, Topher explores the conflicts and dualities of excess and minimalism, as well as human relationships to making, craft, and design objects. He is interested in Critical Craft Theory and the influence of digital objects on contemporary material culture. Most recently, his research has been focused on the intersections of handcraft and modern manufacturing technologies.
Topher holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master of Design from the Universitetet i Bergen, Institute for Design. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of 3D Design and the Built Environment at Swarthmore College.
- Swarthmore, PA
- Wood, metal, ceramics
- Professional Status
- Designer, maker, educator