Geoffrey Warner Studio received a Great Idea Grant (GIG) in April of 2011 from the Maine Arts Commission. The GIG award allowed Geoff valuable design and sourcing time to develop two more successful products for our line of Owl Furniture. We are proud to introduce the Peanut Desk and Rolling Owl Stool.
The Peanut Desk features a steam bent knee brace which gives the leg structural integrity and aesthetic beauty. Drawing sketches, creating mockups, and collaborating with outside vendors allowed Geoffrey Warner Studio to develop and successfully introduce this knee brace feature into our line of tables and desks.
With the aid of the award, we also developed the Rolling Owl Stool. We applied our ergonomic Owl seat to a rolling 4-legged base—to create a perfect mobile stool for office environments. We outsourced the pedestal bases to Midcoast Powder Coating of Belfast to apply our four new design colors. Since its introduction in Oct of 2011 we have sold over 30 Rolling Owls. With the aid of the expanded Owl Furniture line, GW Studio increased 2012 first quarter sales by ten-fold compared to 1Q2011!
The GIG supported us in our preliminary research and design for the two Owl Furniture pieces mentioned above. The funds helped GWS to sustain growth in the business while honoring our philosophy to support community, economy and ecology. We continue to make affordable furniture available to our friends and neighbors and support jobs in Maine while creating smart designs and beauty from wood.
Thank you to the Maine Arts Commission for their valuable support.
Geoffrey Warner Studio