Lacey Campbell

Lacey Campbell

Furniture Designer

January 7, 2015


Lacey Campbell is a local furniture builder/designer who excelled at the Savannah College of Art and Design and those talents landed her a spot on Framework, a nationally televised furniture design competition. We imagine there is a good chance you could catch her enjoying life on Adams Street dreaming up her next great project . . . and maybe even wearing her favorite 3D printed necklace . . . How cool is that?. Get to know Lacey and be prepared to watch her shoot for the top.

Tell us more about some of your past projects? 

I was part of a new show on Spike TV named Framework!  I competed against 12 of the most talented Furniture Builders/Designers in the US.  

What current projects are you working on? 

I’m working on getting my business off the ground.  I’ve been working on it less than part time for years.  And being on Framework gave me the reinforcement and motivation to make it happen.  As a result I’m working on the design side by working with local artisans to develop unique furniture for the Toledo area, as well as, refurbishing retro pieces in nontraditional ways.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts? 

I decided to make Toledo home about 2 years ago, buying my first home in South Toledo.  Building my business here has several advantages.  One being the location, I am near NYC and Chicago both places I hope to grow my business to.  Another positive is the artistic outlook the city is fostering.  I’m lucky to have so many friends pushing for a better arts district.  

Tell us about one of your greatest successes. 

Graduating Magna Cum Lade from the Savannah College of Art and Design was one of my most successful moments.  Design school is so subjective, it’s not easy to succeed. 

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration? 

I’m nerdy when it comes to inspiration.  I am most enamored by how things are made, and whom they are made by.  I am always trying to solve a problem or make something better by way of design.  

Tell us about your background. 

I grew up on a small farm in central Missouri until 4th grade.  Furthering my interests in college I attended SCAD for Furniture Design.  I soon found a job at Sauder as a concept designer, traveling the world solving problems for mass retailers.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by? 

It’s not very PC…but, “The problem contains the fucking solution.”

Favorite place for local culture? 

Adams Street

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

Glass City Cafe

My favorite place to chill locally is . . . 

Village Idiot 

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .  

Heatherdowns Park

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . . 

Cock N’ Bull 

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about? 

Working on it!

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with. 

Ray Eames, she is my hero

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without. 

Human Dimension and Interior Space by Julius Panero and Martin Zelnik

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . . 

Mid-western, Determined and Unique

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks. 

Bush, Sixteen Stone
Avett Brothers, I and Love and You

My biggest vice is . . . 

Chia Tea 

I’d like to see __________ in Toledo. 

A live/work space for 3D artist downtown.

What’s the last dream you recall having? 

Loosing a tooth…

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . . 

A necklace from Nervous System…a 3D printed necklace from my boyfriend.

My most inspiring moment was/is . . . 

So far, making it on Framework.  The first day of filming was such a rush!


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