David Dahl has been making one-of-a-kind furniture pieces for residential clients for nearly 25 years. He has designed seating for the contract market for about 20. Whether turning raw lumber into a custom table for a West Hollywood dining room or designing
a chair that is tailored to a hospital waiting room, the hallmarks of David’s designs are the same – clean lines, attention to detail and, above all, an obvious passion for his trade.
David has designed pieces for nationally recognized manufacturers including Arcadia, Cabot Wrenn, Brandrud, Carolina, Encore, Campbell Contract, Paul Brayton Designs, Patrician and Jofco. These products are designed to work in a variety of environments, from healthcare and education to hospitality and corporate space.
At the same time, David still enjoys working with individual clients to design and craft unique furniture pieces for their homes, including tables, beds, chairs and cabinetry.
“Good design is a form of respect,” David says. “Respect on the part of the producer, directed to the person who will eventually purchase the product, use the product, own the product.”
Raised in Kent, Ohio, but professionally nurtured in Los Angeles, David combines Midwestern ideals with a coastal aesthetic. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati in 1984, then spent two years designing toys at a consulting office in Venice, California. Even as he attended school and played elf, David devoted any free hours to designing and building furniture.
In 1986, David joined John Caldwell Design in Pasadena, California. Over the next few years, he worked on contract furniture projects with clients such as Thonet, Arcadia, Woodard and Condi.
In 1992, he launched Dahl Furniture, creating custom residential and office pieces. This is also about the time David began designing seating for the contract market. His hands-on approach – David builds his own scale models and prototypes to ensure seating comfort – has made him a sought-after partner.
Have a seat (preferably a comfortable one) and take a look at some of his designs.