Graduate Architecture

Brad Ascalon

Lecturer

Brad Ascalon’s eponymous award-winning studio was founded in 2006. The multidisciplinary designer specializes in furniture for the contract, hospitality and residential markets, as well as lighting, packaging, and other consumer products. With a reductive approach to his craft, Ascalon believes in design that is uncomplicated, rational and manages to find the perfect balance of form, function and concept. Through this approach, coupled with a strong understanding of strategy-driven design opportunities for his clients, Ascalon is widely regarded as one of the leading American design voices of his generation.

Working with clients ranging from global brands to start-ups, branding agencies and private clientele, Ascalon’s long list of collaborators stretches the globe, from the US to Asia, Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Turkey and beyond. That list includes such companies as Carl Hansen & Son, Ligne Roset, Bernhardt Design, Gunlocke, Stylex, Restoration Hardware, Design Within Reach, Skandiform, OTHR, Council, Gaia & Gino, Nude Glass, Mitab, L’Oreal, Redken, Maybelline and many others.

Ascalon’s work has been exhibited around the world, from the global design hubs of Milan, Paris, London, Cologne, Stockholm and New York, to Chicago, Los Angeles, Guangzhou and Moscow, where in 2013 he was singlehandedly invited to represent American design with an installation at Moscow Design Week. Ascalon’s work has been featured in top publications including Wallpaper*, New York Times, Architectural Digest, Intramuros, Whitewall, Esquire, Surface, Dwell, Interior Design, Objekt, Interni, Ottagono, Elle Décor, Metropolis and many others.

In addition to his design practice, Ascalon teaches graduate level design courses at the renowned University of Pennsylvania as part of the school’s IPD (Integrated Product Design) program, a curriculum that bridges the university’s schools of Architecture, Design and Wharton School of Business.

Born outside of Philadelphia, PA, Ascalon was immersed in the world of art and design from an early age. His grandfather was a noted sculptor and industrial designer, and his father is renowned for his large-scale art installations that can be found in public and private spaces throughout North America. Ascalon attributes his passion for design to the two generations before him who instilled in him the value of craftsmanship, materiality and rigor.

Ascalon earned a Masters’ degree for Industrial Design from New York’s Pratt Institute in 2005, and that same year was recognized by Wallpaper magazine as one of the "Ten Most Wanted” emerging designers in the world.

2020 Honoree, Interior Design Magazine Product Designer of the Year
Winner Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award 2020, Ziggy for Hightower 
Winner Metropolis Likes Neocon Award 2020, Ziggy for Hightower 
Winner Interior Design HiP Award 2020, Soft Top for Skandiform
Winner German Design Award 2021, Contour Deskup for Glimakra of Sweden
Winner of German Design Award 2018 -- Soft Top collection for Skandiform
Winner of Interior Design HiP Award 2020 -- Soft Top extended family for Skandiform
Winner of German Design Award 2020 -- Contour collection for Glimakra of Sweden
Winner of Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award 2019 -- Doppio collection for Civil
Winner of Mixology Design Award 2019 -- Preludia collection for Carl Hansen & Son
Honoree of Interior Design Best of the Year Award -- Preludia collection for Carl Hansen & Son
Winner of Elle Deco International Design Award 2019 -- Hepburn collection for Nude Glass
Winner of Interior Design Best of the Year Award 2018 -- Hepburn collection for Nude Glass
Winner of Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award 2018 -- Hepburn collection for Nude Glass
Winner of IF Design Award 2019 -- Hepburn collection for Nude Glass
Winner Best of NeoCon 2017 Editors' Choice Award -- Calia chair for Gunlocke
Winner of Interior Design Best of the Year Award 2017 --  Ascent seating collection for Mitab Sweden
Winner of ICFF Editors Award 2015 -- Sunnyside collection for Loll Designs
Winner of Interior Design Best of the Year Award 2013 -- Atlas collection for Design Within Reach
Ascalon Menorah for Design Within Reach (2011) included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Jewish History