The Most Modest designers comes from a variety of backgrounds with one goal, to create functional and beautiful products that enrich peoples’ everyday lives.
Justin Champaign believes intelligent products should offer a deeper level of engagement and connection with the user, the object and their environment. As an industrial designer with a BFA in Furniture Design from California College of the arts, Justin has been a design leader in organizations such as Pablo Designs, Coalesse and Metro Furniture. In 2012, Justin established Most Modest to design and develop products that better support our lifestyles and the unique intersection between craft and technology. When he’s not in the studio, Justin can be found planning his next wilderness adventure, taking photos or tinkering on vintage cars.
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.
Ben Salthouse studied Industrial design at Philadelphia University and landed his first “real” job at Michael Graves’s studio. After drinking his fill out of the fountain of Post Modernism he rode his bicycle across the country. 5500 miles later he began teaching at CCA and freelancing around the bay for everyone from engineering consultancies to furniture designers.
Baltimore-based designer and Hill Studio founder, Jesse Hill, aims to develop products that bring beauty, joy, function, and betterment to the everyday. Hill earned his BFA in Industrial Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art and has collaborated with notable brands such as Herman Miller, Knoll, Humanscale, Nike, DeWalt, and Google. His process is focused on refining the form to its cleanest and inviting expression, constructed within constraints.