Event description

In the age of Amazon Prime, hand-crafted products are being edged out of the market. Entrepreneur Scott Hudson, founder of Henrybuilt, a Seattle-based manufacturer of beautifully crafted, customizable kitchen and whole house systems, and a freestanding furniture line, shares his insights with acclaimed design editor Zahid Sardar in a new webcast series, “SPOTLIGHT WITH ZAHID SARDAR”. They will discuss how his firm Henrybuilt remains competitive, and where the line sits comfortably between acting as designer and as manufacturer.

During their discussion, they will explore ideas about the Toyota method, how streamlined manufacturing systems can be customized, and creating a tool kit for designers. Hudson will demonstrate how he keeps craft manufacturing alive and how it continues to inform his business and challenge shifting consumer expectations.

After working for his builder grandfather Henry in the summers growing up, getting an art degree, moving to NYC, and then remodeling his own homes (while working in the software industry and starting two tech companies) — Scott founded Henrybuilt in 2001 to develop the first American Kitchen System with a focus on raising the standard for what it feels like to live in the most important areas of a home. Coming full circle, he has recently founded another tech company called Symbolic Frameworks, an extension of Henrybuilt.

Henrybuilt was founded in 2001 to develop the first American kitchen system. The company is focused on creating a uniquely high-touch experience in the most important areas of a home. The foundation is a flexible family of highly refined products, which are carefully designed, engineered and composed into each home. Henrybuilt has been widely recognized by those who lead the discussion on innovation in architecture and design – receiving the prestigious IF Design Award, American Architecture Prize, and three German Design Awards, among more than 60 others. With showrooms in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle and a production facility in Seattle, Henrybuilt has designed, produced, and shipped nearly 5000 projects across the Americas, Asia and Europe.

ZAHID SARDAR is a San Francisco-based editor, writer, and curator specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. He has authored many design books, curated exhibitions, and was the San Francisco Chronicle’s design editor for 20 years. Most recently he was the editor-in-chief of Spaces Magazine. His work has also appeared in New York Times, Dwell, Interiors, Western Interiors & Design, Interior Design, House & Garden, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Landscape Architecture. He has taught design history at the California College of the Arts and has written several other books, including “In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights”, “West Coast Modern” and “New Garden Design”.

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