Patrick Fitzpatrick's designs highlight his eclectic academic background. His pieces mix skills he developed studying sculpture at the University of Illinois with digital output methods from design grad school at The Art Institute of Chicago. As a result, he's able to turn the artistic and hand-rendered into what he calls "a salt-of-the-earth production." While each item created is designed for function, it remains artistic in form. He also works hard to stay true to his roots: His company sources reclaimed barn wood from the small town from which his father was raised and he employees local artisans to help his artistic vision come alive.