Jim Zivic’s approach to furniture design might best be described as "Industrial" and "Industrious". Born and raised in a small Ohio town, surrounded by strip mining and his family’s steel trucking business, the designer was inspired to create things both useful and artistic. An introduction to architectural metal work in his brother’s Brooklyn, NY welding shop led to a 1990’s collaboration with clothing designer/artist Morgan Puett, wherein he built interiors for Puett’s infamous Soho stores. With these projects, Zivic began to integrate his signature materials - leather, raw steel and felt - into architectural elements and furniture design, including a wall-to-wall, Joseph-Beuy’s influenced leather floor for a Tribeca boutique.
Zivic has created work collected by private and commercial clients such as Lou Reed, Yves Saint Laurent, Yoji Yamamoto and Tom Ford and is recognized in both the art and design communities. He has had two solo shows at the Leslie Tonkonow Gallery in New York and been a selected participant in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial.
Complimented by a BFA in Sculpture and Painting from Ohio Wesleyan University, Zivic’s work showcases a range of eclectic materials, design concepts and machining skills, which he brings to bear in his collection of home furnishings.