Svend Nielsen is a California-based Industrial designer. Originally from upstate New York, Svend spent his childhood taking things apart and putting them back together in his father’s workroom. Inspired by his Danish heritage, Svend creates practical and functional designs with the goal of enriching one’s daily life. Living in California has influenced him to approach design with a holistic view of materials, finishes, shipping, and their overall environmental impact. While studying Industrial Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, his eightyNINE sofa was displayed at the AAU Spring show in 2009. Since graduating, he has worked with several companies including designing a flat-pack child playhouse for Modern Playhouse, and a soon-to-be released lamp for Magic Powers DIY. Svend is currently designing new housewares and furniture pieces to be released in early 2015.