Eric Trine is an object-based designer and commercial artist working in the classic California modern style - clean, simple, casual, and approachable.
Trine grew up in Orange County, CA - and like most kids, spent the majority of his time playing outside, building ramps, and treehouses and all that good stuff. In high school, Trine studied Set Design through the Orange County School of the Arts, which fostered his knack for making and communicating through the built environment. Trine went on to receive a BFA in Sculpture from Biola University, graduating in 2007.
It wasn't until moving into his first apartment with his wife Heather, that his interest in furniture began (2008). The DIY's became advanced DIY's, and then projects for friends turned into projects for friends of friends - the whole thing just snowballed. Trine enrolled in the experimental master's program called Applied Craft and Design - offered jointly by the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. He graduated with his MFA in 2013 and promptly moved back to Southern California to launch his eponymous design studio.
In 2018 Eric changed the name of his studio to Amigo Modern.
Amigo Modern focuses on furniture and product design for the home, and small-scale design/build for commercial clients. The design studio is based in Long Beach, CA - all projects are conceived, engineered, and prototyped in-house. All production takes place within a 30 mile radius of the studio, through a network of trusted vendors and artisans.
Trine describes his aesthetic through the imaginative question: What if Charles Eames, Buckminster Fuller, and David Hockney were surfing buddies? Wrap that in a burrito and drop it in the Southern California sun and you have Amigo Modern.
The best way to keep informed of day to day studio projects and life in general is through Instagram - @erictrine
To get in touch, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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