Ben Durrell is a designer
Ben Durrell is a designer based on Martha's Vineyard. His work, while rooted in a conceptual design framework and often made physical via furniture, manifests itself in no one particular form or use. He has participated with design collectives, such as Release1 (an organization which he co-founded) on international exhibitions, and also on smaller-scale custom furniture comissions and concept-to-mass-market projects for corporate retailers.
His work with Release1 brought forth the international traveling exhibit Disturb, Delight, Design, winner of the 2002 I. D. Annual Design Review's Concepts category. Throughout all of his projects, Durrell displays a heightened sensibility to an object's "in-the-worldness", inhabited interiors and contemporary design pedagogy. Durrell frequently participates in public and private lectures. Most recently Durrell presented his and his collaborators ideas concerning both his own work and contemporary design strategies at Neo-Con, RISD, Parson, the Toronto Design Exchange, Planningness, and Sapient Nitro.
Durrell's work has shown at venues such as the Tokyo Designers Block, Milan Furniture Fair, and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Durrell has designed project specific products for such institutions as The Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at MIT, Simmons Hall at MIT, George Little Management (ICFF), ReadyMade Magazine, Housespecial.org, The Berwick Research Institute, and MKS Design.
He spent ten years designing and producing exhibits for the Boston Children’s Museum and two years mentoring youth and leading the 3D design studio at Artists for Humanity. In 2015 Ben and his wife Mika moved to the island of Martha's Vineyard. He continues to design and produce furniture, but mostly feeds his instagram and hangs out with his kids.