South Carolina designer Benjamin Rollins Caldwell received dual degrees in art and business from Westmont College in California and then moved back to his home state of South Carolina to become brand manager and designer for Votivo. In 2009 Caldwell left Votivo to focus on furniture design and established his design studio, BRC Designs, in the spring of 2010.
A self proclaimed “re-inventor,” Caldwell spends countless hours sifting through thrift stores, antique stores, abandoned warehouses and salvage yards for inspiration. “Sometimes the objects I discover simply inspire an overall design idea and other times the objects actually become the raw material for the piece”.
The types of materials Caldwell uses are wide and varied from more traditional materials such as wood, metal, glass, plastic and stone to more unconventional items such as playing cards, defunct pianos, computers, books, bicycles, children’s toys and even bathroom stall dividers. He then takes these objects and materials and transforms them from their original purpose into something new and innovative.
Benjamin Rollins Caldwell’s work has been featured in many design publications including Dwell Asia, Robb Report, Interior Design, Manhattan Magazine, Florida Design, The Boston Globe, The New York Daily News, Midi and Eco Lux Magazine.