1/2017

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. In 20142015, 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. Since 2016, she has taught woodworking at SF Community Woodshop and built furniture on commission while consulting as a design researcher and teaching graduate-level research techniques at Stanford University.

She is currently pursuing an MFA in Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Please get in touch for collaborations, commissions, or just to say hello.

12/2017

Phoebe Kuo is a designer from San Francisco, currently based in Detroit, Michigan.

After earning a degree in Product Design from Stanford University, she has spent the last decade engaged in design research, conducting ethnographic interviews in over three hundred households and across a dozen countries, on topics ranging from healthcare to technology to consumer goods.

Since 2013, she has split her time between fieldwork and woodwork. She has taught woodworking at the San Francisco Community Woodshop and graduate-level design research techniques at Stanford University. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Please get in touch for collaborations, commissions, or just to say hello.