Jessica Banks & Pete Schlebecker
“I like creation of objects that move and change and don’t always stay what they seem to be.”
Jessica Banks aspires to create furniture that enhances versatility and functionality without the sterile appearance of Sci-Fi lore—think Charles Eames’ and Judy Jetson’s wedding registry. She’s inspired by products that address the demands that current physical, cultural, and technological shifts are imposing on homes and workplaces. Jess has an Engineer’s degree and a Master’s degree from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), where she was in the Humanoid Robotics Group. Her undergraduate degree is in General Physics from the University of Michigan, with a concentration in Creative Writing—so you might say she has that right brain/left brain thing down. She also has superhuman peripheral vision.
Pete Schlebecker joined Jess’ design studio at its inception. He’s been a professional furniture designer and maker for almost 30 years and is also a contributor to Fine Woodworking Magazine. Prior to joining Jess, Pete was a Professor of Furniture Design and Woodworking at the world-renowned Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.
We visited Jess at her studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Visit our blog to learn even more about wood tambour.