Steven Haulenbeek is a Michigan native and has been interested in the visual arts since a very young age. He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan and received a BA in drawing and sculpture. Living and working in the Holland/Grand Rapids area, a hotbed of American design and furniture manufacturing (home to Herman Miller, Steelcase, Haworth etc.) became very powerful influence. He fell in love with the Eames’, Nelson, Saarinen, Bertoia etc. while simultaneously trying to discover his path as a sculptor. The large-scale steel sculpture work quickly turned into functional objects and he executed his first one-man show at the Holland Area Arts Council with 20 sculptural lighting pieces in 2002.
He began a graduate program in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and graduated first in his class in 2006. Since graduating he has worked as an industrial designer for Atlanta based Formation Design Group, as a furniture designer at Chicago based Holly Hunt Enterprises and has taught at his alma mater SAIC. He is also a founding member of the experimental design groups: The Mighty Bearcats and the Object Design League, as well as spearheading “Chicagoland” the first Chicago independent designer group show to exhibit offsite ICFF New York.
In 2010 he began his independent practice, Steven Haulenbeek Design Concepts Inc. (SHDC Inc.), an interdisciplinary studio concentrating in furniture, lighting, and objects for the home. His work runs the gamut in scale, material and process but all exhibit a similar mastery of materials and an aesthetic simplicity through a very hands-on, experimental prototyping style. His work has been exhibited internationally.