Matthew Obbink

Matthew Obbink

Associate Teaching Professor, Industrial Design


Mailing Address
Industrial Design Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011
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BFA - Iowa State University: Emphasis in Furniture Design and Metalsmithing --2006

MFA - Iowa State University: Emphasis in Furniture Design and Metalsmithing --2017


Research Interests

I am a Maker. My focus lies on how I can bring my ideas and the ideas of my students into reality. I have a great passion for materials as I have spent the better part of 20 years working with wood. I am connected its utilitarian use and its inherent beauty. Every time I work with it I learn something new about it, it has infinite possibilities. I am much newer to the field of metalsmithing, still learning every way to use it. I often times merge wood and metal into my designs, I feel they have a great relationship and enhance each other nicely. I also have a great love and admiration for history, more specifically the industrial revolution. The materials, mechanisms and ideas of this time give great inspiration to my work.

Current Projects

Currently I am focused on building my own shop to explore further the way I can use wood and metal to showcase my ideals. Durning this time of transition I am filling my sketchbooks with ideas ranging from production style furniture to complex useless contraptions and everything in between. 

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