About Ezra
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Ezra grew up in Cleveland Heights, OH surrounded by people who made careers out of their artistic passions, so it is no surprise that he has done the same. Returning to Cleveland in the fall of 2006 after completing his MFA, he launched Form 2 to create unique, functional, and high quality design solutions. In the process, he also spent a year and a half helping to start A Piece Of Cleveland (APOC), a manufacturer of furniture made with deconstructed building materials.

‘My favorite projects integrate the graceful lines and unique interactions between people and products that have become hallmarks of my work.’

Ezra’s singular perspective has two sources. One is Kenyon College undergraduate study in anthropology and sociology, disciplines that help him envision how his work fits into people’s lives. The other comes from a long-term exploration of design itself, starting with set-building for community and college theatre. That path led him to an apprenticeship in design and craftsmanship with studio furniture-maker David Orth, and to an MFA in furniture design from Savannah College of Art and Design, interspersed with stints as a working professional in Chicago.

‘By combining a social science sensibility with a designer’s rigorous training, I’m able to see how my work might dovetail with existing social frameworks, or even help to define new ones.’

A resident of the Tremont neighborhood, Ezra is dedicated to the vitality of design and small business in the Greater Cleveland area. In addition to his past service as chapter vice chair of the Industrial Designers Society of America (ISDA), he is active in Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S), the Midtown Cleveland community development corporation, and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).

Ezra's Portrait

  • MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
  • Scholarship and Fellowship for artistic and academic achievement
  • Designed Flexion Chair, purchased for SCAD permanent collection
  • Solo show, ‘Gestures,’ Starland Center for the Arts, Savannah, GA
  • Solo show, ‘Gestures,’ Gulfstream Center for Design, Savannah, GA
  • Juried shows, Quarterly Furniture Department Shows, Gulfstream Center for Design
  • Featured work for SCAD, Metropolis magazine, 2006
  • Work selected for London and New York trade shows, 2005