Born in Houston, Chris Hardy went on to pursue an education in design, receiving a bachelor’s in fine arts from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, followed by a master’s in design from the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After returning to the United States in 2009, he began his career as a freelance designer, collaborating on industrial and graphic design projects. Hardy made his furniture design debut at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in 2011. “In my design work, I aim to develop pieces that can be connected with on an emotional level,” says the Atlanta-based designer. His work is “inspired by the challenge of personalization in the modern world and the increasing desire we have to own objects that match our own styles and philosophies – in the way that art does.” Hardy has collaborated with a wide range of clients, including interior design firms, retail stores, furniture and lighting manufacturers and design publications. He has developed furniture and lighting collections for both commercial and residential sectors, working closely with engineers and manufacturers alike.