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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