Design is What You Do When You Want to Express Yourself.
A native New Yorker and self-proclaimed carpenter, Curtis Rapp has been tinkering and working with various building materials for most of his life. However, his prelude into the world of professional woodworking began in 2009 while also pursuing his skateboarding career.
At the time, Rapp was signed as an East Coast team rider with New York-based Politic Skateboards when he was introduced to James Harmon of Workshop Design Build, located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Booklyn, NY. He began as an apprentice and was eventually hired on full time to assist with the building of Workshop’s custom cabinetry, furniture and interior elements. It was here that he honed his craft studying various woodworking techniques and design.
He then went on to work for such other noted artisans as Dado Woodworking and Altelier Sylvain Frey – also based in Brooklyn, NY and specializing in custom built-ins, furniture and architectural millwork. Their work can be seen in some of New York’s most prestigious landmarks including the Gramercy Park Hotel, Morimoto Restaurant 88 and the exclusive residences at The Plaza Hotel in New York.
In 2013, Rapp and his fiancé decided to make a life change and moved from New York City to Los Angles. After a chance meeting with an old roommate, Rapp was introduced to Von Lintel and the two have been working together ever since. Rapp assists Von Lintel with the design and engineering of each custom furnishing and his meticulous attention to detail assures that each piece is built to last.
Drawing inspiration from each tree’s unique characteristics, Rapp pays careful attention when sanding and forming to reveal the wood’s true beauty. His in depth knowledge and understanding of how wood works, combined with his masterful craftsmanship, have proven an invaluable asset to the Von Lintel team.