- Rick Mullins
Rick Mullins is a craftsman, a designer and a restorer, but if you ask him, he is one thing: a dogged perfectionist.
“I came into furniture design strangely as a sort of combination of my hobbies,” says Mullins. “I’ve collected an extensive skill set in wood and metal work, so furniture comes naturally to me, almost like second nature.”
Rick’s love of metal work comes from a lifetime of restoring old cars alongside his dad. It is in the process of bringing a car back to its original glory that Rick identifies his foundation in design.
Rick spent most of his professional career as a contractor designing and building houses. A true craftsman, he uses the techniques and skills he honed as a builder in his furniture design. It is in this career that he cultivated what he sees as his most valuable skill as a designer.
“I have always fortunately had the ability to make just rough sketches, whether a house, a car or furniture, and create the project entirely off that one piece of paper,” says Mullins. “It is very easy for me to visualized the end product, and to take the materials and bring them to life just the way I envisioned it.”
Mullins defines his new occasional collection, Ridge, as both art and furniture. “Patinated metal is typically used in outdoor architecture or exterior art pieces,” says Mullins, “so I am bringing something unique to commercial interiors.”
Every Ridge table is a one-off production, and Rick Mullins personally signs each one to seal that fact. An immense amount of time and detail goes into creating every Ridge table. No two are ever the same, and Rick believes the attention to detail in each piece makes it a true one-of-a-kind.
You can find Rick in his workshop dreaming up new pieces of furniture or restoring cars, a hobby he has kept through his life. His most current project is his beloved 1971 Chevrolet SS Chevelle.