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2013 Young Guns - Brandon Williams

Author: Shawndrea Corbin
Issue: September, 2013, Page 80
Photo by Chris Loomis



METAL ARTISAN

Company: Modfire, Phoenix

Education: Art Center Indianapolis

How did you get into this line of work?
I have always been a designer; even when working in 2D, I would sketch things I wanted to build but lacked the knowledge to bring to fruition. Formerly, I had a successful business making small home accessories, but it was no longer challenging. So I took the leap into metal-working. I knew I could never “master” it, and that excited me. Twenty years later, I’m still learning.

What inspires you?
I’m drawn to simple, elegant solutions as well as fluid, organic shapes and Mid-Century design.

What do you consider your greatest achievement to date?
I have always created, so I have literally made thousands of metal pieces over the years and have created some very compelling work. However, the Modfire fireplace will most likely be my legacy. I find the beauty in it, every day. It still resonates within my soul.

Have you received any awards?
The first show we did for Modfire was “Dwell on Design” in 2011. We were only 3 months old as a company and had no idea how the market would react. We were honored with the award for “Best New Furniture or Accessory.” I would say that was a very powerful moment for me personally. It was a huge milestone to get recognition of that magnitude during the company’s infant stage.

What’s on the horizon?
We have a bevy of new designs up our sleeves in the prototype stage. Our newest design, the Astrofire, has been getting amazing reviews and a lot of consumer love. I would like to build a stable of wonderful products that have lasting design relevance and keep consumers wanting more.

Designed as a statement piece, the Urbanfire is clad in a copper plate coated in a mirror polish for brilliance.

The newest addition to the Modfire collection, Astrofire features a circular design and was crafted to “inspire conversation.”
Urban Bonfire, Modfire’s award-winning fireplace, stands more than 7 feet tall. It can be configured to burn propane, ethanol or natural gas.

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