Mr. Galtney recently became an alumni of Auburn University, having completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design just this May. Over his years of studying with the professors at Auburn University, he has studied the disciplines of product design, graphic design, and exhibit design, amongst others. In the Fall of 2014, he was awarded the Outstanding Student Award by his professor, Jerrod Windham. Additionally, he and a team of three other students participated in and won first place in the 2015 Designing Green Competition.
The Alves Chair contrasts the essence of traditional furniture making with the modern, yet timeless, aesthetic of Mid-Century Modern furniture. Inspiration for the chair comes from the geometric boldness of brutalistic architecture: a form of architecture that exploits the natural characteristics of raw concrete. That mentality is mirrored by emphasizing the personality of the zebrawood, leather, and aluminum rod. Originally known as “palo mulatto”, Brazilian zebrawood has since been renamed “goncalo alves”. “Alves” was chosen to symbolize that juxtaposition between the old and the new.