Chris Boissevain
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1,006 / 26,250
Skill pts: 28
3ds Max (3D Studio Max) Adobe Creative Suite Advanced Surface Modeling CAD Design Design Thinking Luxion KeyShot Onshape Solid Edge SolidWorks class a surfaces die-cast aluminum injection molded plastic microsoft outcome driven design
Grew up in Northern California. My father was a mechanical engineer and prolific inventor who taught me about innovation in his fully equipped workshop in a converted horse stable.

I went to Japan when I turned 18, on invitation by Kobun Chino Otogawa to participate in an informal cultural exchange. Lived and worked with Kanjuro Shibata, bow-maker to the emperor, and Zen archery master in Kyoto for about 2 years.

Instead of returning to the US as planned, I continued across fascinating Asia for 1 year and then studied and worked in Paris, France for 7 years as a fine artist.

Then I returned to California, built on to a cabin and added a studio. Started an art and design studio and contract design service for manufacturers and suppliers to big box retailers for about 10 years.

Then I moved to Austin, Texas and worked for Philips Lighting as head designer, (senior manager, R+D) for 11 years, and led a design team. My designs won a number of innovation and design awards and were on the cutting edge of LED lighting, as well as extremely market-successful.

In 2017, decided to become an independent designer again, as well as an investor, (instead of moving to Boston to continue my rewarding corporate career with Philips). Since then I have been trading futures and options, and taking on design projects, as well as advising my wife with her startup business.

I'll write a book about it when I turn 80 ;-)

Experience

  • Owner, designer Boissevain Design Jan 2017 – Present 2 yrs 11 mos San Marcos, TX, USA Contract industrial design, consulting
  • Head Designer, Senior Manager R+D Philips Lighting Nov 2005 – Jan 2017 11 yrs 2 mos San Marcos, TX, USA Head designer, managed team of designers and led development of LED lighting projects and product families. Developed design languages, strategies, research.
  • Co Owner BZ Design Studio Jan 1995 – Sep 2005 10 yrs 8 mos Mountain View, CA, USA Co owner of Design and Art studio. Designed and manufactured limited production modern furniture, lighting, architectural elements. Contract designed on a stipend and royalty basis for manufacturers, suppliers for big box retailers.

Education

  • Philips Education Various corporate cerificates, training and workshops, Value proposition, Segment marketing, Ethics, Psychology, Communication, Management, Safety 2009 – 2016 Online, on site and remote workshops, employee development education provided by Philips
  • Solid Works Provider Advanced Surface Modeling, 3D Modeling 2015 – 2015 Training provided by Philips and Solid Works supplier on site.
  • L'Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts Auditeur Libre (free student), Drawing, painting 1980 – 1984 Studied figure drawing, painting
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Languages

English Native or bilingual proficiency

French Professional working proficiency

Spanish Limited working proficiency

Location

San Marcos, TX, United States