Phoebe Kuo is a designer based in San Francisco.
A California native, Phoebe earned a degree in Product Design from Stanford University. Following graduation, she lived and worked in Berlin, Germany, designing handbags for Olbrish, an independent leather goods label. Since 2007, she has been engaged in design research, conducting ethnographic interviews in over three hundred households and a dozen countries, on topics ranging from healthcare to technology to consumer goods.
She began studying woodworking with John Sheridan at San Francisco Woodshop in 2010. In 2013, seeking to broaden her visual vocabulary, she completed an intensive, three-month internship in traditional wooden boatbuilding at The Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine, making her own 12' lapstrake sailboat from start to finish. The California is now moored in the San Francisco Bay. In 2014–2015, she returned to furniture making, completing the nine-month Fine Woodworking program at The Krenov School (formerly The College of the Redwoods) under Laura Mays. She will begin an MFA in Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art in the Fall of 2017.
Currently, she teaches woodworking at SF Community Woodshop and builds furniture on commission. When not in the shop, she consults as a design researcher and teaches graduate-level research techniques at Stanford University.
Please get in touch for collaborations, commissions, or just to say hello.