(2019) Often lost in a train of thought, found standing in the middle of the workshop, my mind dips in and out of what path to take and which tool to employ. This journey of bringing my imagination to life is both humbling, and giving. With every piece of furniture created, life reveals to me, my expanding mind, a new craft, and a few life lessons. So new this journey feels, yet so grounded it is in my foundation, this drive to express my nature and my mind, in ways unfit for words. This exercise of sculpting, and reshaping my environment, must be an addiction or a facet of control. Each object brought to life, is nothing more, than an extension of my persona, a single utilitarian step, up the mountain of curiosity and form. Embodying this path, is exposing and mysterious to me. As it stands now, I am beginning to see, a personality which seems can only be captured in the flow of curving bodies solidified for touch, for sound, for light and for more, to employ and be shared, in my space and yours.

(2015) Design for me, is an exploration into how the world and the people within it work.  My goal always, is to make life better in some way, and sometimes that’s as simple as putting the button in the right place.  Other times it’s more subtle, like having you think or feel a certain way via your interaction with an object, a visual, or a combination of stimulus.   All of that can get complicated (and rightly so), which is why it has become my life’s work.  With every design challenge, and art piece, I have the opportunity and a responsibility to make life a little better, a little more simple, and a lot more fun!  Present me with your next design challenge, and I will present you with all that I am.
— Dane Saunders

BIO

Dane is the founder and CEO of Retrobound, a design company specializing in product engineering and art furniture. Currently Dane operates the business as a freelance Industrial Designer, contracting out to small businesses and start-ups. Most clients are seeking design support that is responsive and hardware oriented. With a background in robotics research and development, Dane is conditioned to challenging deliverables, multidisciplinary tasks, and aggressive timelines. He lead a team of technicians at Boston Dynamics through build process for their first fleet of Atlas humanoid robots. More recently he is employing his knowledge of engineering and prototyping, designing props for the film industry, and creating expressive art through various forms of finely crafted furniture, lighting, sound, and more.

His pursuit of art and design is deeply rooted in the practice of observation, a skill learned and enjoyed from a very young age.  Growing up with an example of craft and handiwork inside the home, Dane was tailored early on; tuning into the energy in his environment, and moreso, learning how to transform and manipulate materials into useful and attractive objects, for work and pleasure combined.  These roots are what drive Dane to seek out innovation and inspiration, through new combinations of matter and flow.


CONTACT

Located near the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia... available for Industrial Design contracts, and Art Furniture commissions.  

dane@retrobound.com