Royce Nelson

U.S.A. (1969)

It used to be that all Royce Nelson needed was a skateboard and an empty swimming pool, and life was good. A sponsored pool skateboarder for two decades, Nelson and his stunts lit up the pages of Thrasher and Concussion magazines, among others. He stayed stationary long enough, however, to earn a degree in Industrial Design from California College of the Arts in 1994. Nelson finds inspiration for new products in everything he sees, from classic cars, architecture, nature, anatomy and sports to the neighborhoods all over his native San Francisco Bay Area. “Design, like skateboarding, is about creating fluid lines with balance and power,” he says. Although now a father of two, Nelson’s passion for play hasn’t diminished, and for the past 15 years he has developed toys and designed furniture for all ages. More recently, he’s branched out into designing outdoor furniture, housewares and accessories with the same clean, uncluttered aesthetic he applies to his extreme sport. Still not one to pass up a dry swimming pool, this designer reminds himself not to take it all too seriously: “Life, art and design are meant for fun.”

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