Tovin Design Limited is a design licensing and consulting office focused on the home furnishing market. Founder Blake Tovin along with a staff of designers work with leading retailers and manufactures to develop products that evoke each clients brand and expand their market position.
In the two decades since Blake established Tovin Design Limited, he has built a reputation for creating elegant and enduring designs. In addition to furniture Blake has designed lighting, audio products, textile, tabletop and rug collections. His work has appeared in publications throughout the world and has won numerous awards.
Founder & Creative Director
Following graduation from University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1982, Blake spent several years producing handmade furniture and accessories for individual clients and galleries. His attention to detail and understanding of materials and manufacturing processes has helped define his design work throughout his career.
His early work with Dansk International Designs came to the attention of textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen who hired him to run the furniture division at Jack Lenor Larsen, Inc. the “to the trade” textile, furniture and rug company located in New York City.
At Larsen Blake was involved in all aspects of the business, from product design to marketing and developed an international supply chain to manufacture the Larsen furniture collection. His time at Jack Lenor Larsen was a valuable education that positioned him to establish his own company, Tovin Design Limited, in 1992.
Early to Identify the importance of specialty retailers to the changing residential furniture market Blake established long standing relationships with numerous players in this channel including Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, William- Sonoma and others. His paired down transitional designs have played an integral part in establishing the look of this market segment.
Blake is also the founder and creative director of Symbol Audio, a unique new company that produces innovative products integratating audiophile quality electronics with benchmade furniture. launched in 2012 at ICFF in New York. Symbol Audio combines Blake’s interest in music and design. In it’s first year Symbol’s products were featured in publications around the world and could be found on numerous “Best Products of the Year” lists.
With a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree from Southern Illinois University, Matt started his design career at furniture retailer Design Within Reach. He has also worked in a product development role at modern furniture company Council. Matt brings a keen eye for detail and an in-depth knowledge of the retail furniture landscape to Tovin Design Limited.
Andrew is a graduate of the Industrial Design program at the University of Cincinnati. He brings numerous skills to Tovin Design including hands on prototyping, 3D modeling and graphics.