Kimball International is proud to present Alternative Conversations℠, a series of films and external dialogues featuring influential makers, designers, and innovators.
Widely regarded as one of the leading American design voices of his generation, Ascalon believes in design that is uncomplicated and rational, while managing to find the perfect balance of form, function, and concept. His work has been exhibited around the world and, most recently, he partnered with Kimball International’s David Edward brand to design their Kithara lounge collection.
In this exclusive conversation, Ascalon reveals how his reductive approach to craft bleeds into his down-to-earth lifestyle and his mastery of balancing life and work. He invites viewers to step into his favorite locations for inspiration, from the hustle and bustle of New York City to unassuming farmlands and wineries in Northern Long Island. The documentary also explores his love for music and what he believes are the commonalities in every art form.
“I want my work to whisper. I don’t want it to scream. I don’t want it to grab attention. I want it to be there and do what it does well. And if you want to delve in and appreciate it for the details and for the form, and for the proportion and for all of those things, that’s great, but it doesn’t have to scream for that attention. It can just quietly sit in a room.”
BRAD ASCALON, INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER