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Profile: Chris Armes ’96 (Bowdoin Magazine) Archives

Chris Armes ’96. Illustration by Chelee Ross ’12.

 

This profile originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Bowdoin magazine.

Bowdoin major: Geology

Hometown: Roseburg, Oregon

Title: Founder and co-owner of 16th Workshop

Website: 16thworkshop.com/workshop\

On the origins of 16th Workshop: I have always worked with wood but furniture in particular did not come until just prior to graduate school in architecture. My wife (who is my partner as well) and I simply consider furniture design to be small-scale architecture. We decided to turn it into a business because we are passionate about design in all things, and it has become a world outlook rather than simply a means to an income.

The company name: We live on 16th Avenue in Seattle (a connection to place is important, even if we ultimately move away). “Workshop” conveys that we are an ideas studio as well as one that does fabrication.

Most rewarding part of my job: Making authentic work with my own two hands and seeing progress at the end of each day. Creating beauty (at least in my opinion).
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Favorite Bowdoin memory: An overall sense of the friendships and setting, the balance between serious academics and serious fun and engaging with the world around you.

Greatest influence: The work-aday, do-it-yourself mentality where I grew up (a small timber and agricultural town in southern Oregon) and my travels to India, Mexico, and Japan.

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