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Welcome to Stori Modern

Designer Spotlight

Mark A. Pickett

Mark’s stori begins at the age of ten when he first began designing furniture. This turned out to be much more than a phase as he later went on to study at the University of Cincinnati School of Design. There, he says he did some of his worst work.

“For my senior thesis I chose to design a portable kitchen cabinet system. I was in way over my head. I nearly failed, but I walked away with many lessons from the process.”.

Today, Mark is inspired by the challenge of making something new from the age-old processes of manufacturing – and it shows in his designs for Stori Modern. His design philosophy is to ask why, listen and then find a solution.

So what is Mark’s favorite stori?

“When my oldest son was 12, we traveled to the Beijing Olympics. Our first meal was dim sum, and I ordered by pointing at a dozen items on the English menu, thinking that I was ordering individual pieces. Then the food began to arrive by the plate. Very quickly, our table was filled with a dozen plates of dumplings – that's about 120 dumplings for two people!”