Lisa Smith is an industrial designer who creates products for the home and office. Her numerous designs are licensed to such manufacturers as Steelcase, Brayton, Haworth, Davis Furniture, Gunlocke, Paoli, NambÃ© Mills, Levenger, Bonacina, Fasem and others.
Smith has been awarded numerous recognitions for her work and holds several US and foreign patents. She has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute, the National Building Museum in Washington DC and the Chicago Athenaeum . Her products sell in the Museum of Modern Art Store in New York and many other museum shops. Smith is an alumnae and former professor in Pratt Institute's Industrial Design Department.
Observation and research contribute importantly to developing a product idea. But equally important, and I believe often neglected, is employing the sensory intelligence in our eyes and hands. After the spark that generates an initial idea, my process naturally begins with a pencil sketch. Then, however, I am quick to move to three-dimensional sketch models. I build an idea three-dimensionally so that I can analyze the form as I'm designing and developing it. In this way, I relate to the tradition of woman making handicrafts, only I'm creating products for mass production.