You have Eric Trine’s dad to thank for his interest in building stuff—the elder Trine worked in the tool industry, and that made quite the impression. “When I was ten years old, I remember asking my parents to get me power tools for Christmas and birthdays,” Eric recalls. Though an interest in drills and table saws stuck with him through college—he got a BA in sculpture at Biola University—it wasn’t until he and his wife, Heather, moved into their first home that the idea to construct his own simple furniture got legs. “Then I started making things for friends and just rolled with it until I could quit my day job,” he recalls.
But before Eric jumped in with both feet, he enrolled in an experimental joint master’s program in applied craft and design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. After graduating in 2013, he swiftly moved home to Southern California and launched his line of angular, wire-framed chairs, geometric plant stands, and cheerful hooks in the shape of peace signs and hearts. And, surprisingly, it’s his commitment to minimalism that keeps him making new things: “The world has plenty of stuff. So if someone asks me for a specific design, I know the chances are other people are missing that thing, too.”
“When I was ten years old I remember asking my parents to get me power tools for Christmas and birthdays,” Eric recalls.