About

Drift Studio is an incubator for product ideas. In our studio and through collaboration the Drift team works to solve design problems, fabricate prototypes, experiment with ideas and materials, and make thoughtful choices which become thoughtful products. The evolution of a concept into something concrete, from idea to reality and from reality into production; this is our work. The combination of talent, years of artistic and entrepreneurial experience in the core team; this is our greatest tool.

Aesthetically the work of Drift is elegant and thoughtful. The studio marries form plus function while offering something more: the ability to customize and personalize. Their flagship product, the Riff System, starts with the most basic form of storage – a cube – and transforms it into an elegant piece that can be used in everything from a simple piece of furniture to a full wall system. Unique in the “ready to assemble” marketplace, Riff is designed to pack flat, ship easily and most importantly, give you the ability to steer the design process during construction so that the resulting piece is truly your own.

Drift begins by using durable, quality natural materials, and takes craftsmanship into the manufacturing process. Drift engineers products that are modular in nature, beautifully designed, easy to ship, and easy to assemble. The result is a timeless classic.


Staff Bios

Brent Starck

Brent Starck
Brent founded Drift Studio out of a passion for and love of making things. His aesthetic bends slightly toward form following function, with an eye for proportion and balance. A natural problem solver and UW-Madison alumni, Brent’s many years abroad also inform his work and add depth to his projects. Drift Studio represents his life’s ambition coming to fruition. brent@driftstudio.com

Chris Hindle

Chris Hindle
Chris Hindle's use of digital imaging to create 3D images and design plans at Drift Studio is yet another manifestation of the company’s artistic approach to problem solving. His lifelong passion for music, theater and visual arts culminated with him receiving MA and MFA degrees while in college.

Arnold Martin

Arnold Martin
Arnold Martin is originally from Flint Michigan. He attended college at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. Arnold is an artist and designer and most recently earned his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the spring of 2011. His work is primarily three-dimensional, sculptural, and physical; though his process is a hybrid of digital technology and old-fashioned shop techniques.

Maeve McGlynn

Maeve McGlynn
Born and raised in Co.Donegal, Ireland, Maeve spent her youth surrounded by design and architecture that both spanned time as well as culture. This exposure formed a foundational belief that design speaks a language and can tell a story. She graduated from University of Ulster, Belfast with a Bachelors Degree in 3D Design specializing in furniture design. Maeve is interested in exploring the forms around her and experimenting with those forms using new materials. She is spending time in the USA as an intern at Drift Studio to broaden her horizons.

Julie VonDerVellen

Julie VonDerVellen
Julie VonDerVellen, a University of Wisconsin-Madison MFA graduate, brings her experience as a graphic designer to Drift Studio, where she creates patterns and artwork that grace the surfaces of furniture panels.

Hongtao Zhou

Hongtao Zhou
Hongtao Zhou, is a furniture designer and sculptor with a dotoral degree  in Furniture Design and Manufacturing from Purdue University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 3D from UW-Madison. Hongtao’s work has been exhibited and awarded nationally and internationally. His recent achievement includes: exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing, a silver medal at the International Snow Sculpture Competition Quebec, exhibitions at the Milwaukee Art Museum, profiles in American Craft, 3rd Place award in the International Design Awards (IDA) Competition in Los Angeles, 6th place award in the Taiwan International Design Competition and first place award in Design Emphasis, International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.