Oblique Studio believes design is rooted in the understanding of construction,
and construction, in turn, progresses through the possibilities of design.
Oblique Studio is a small design/build practice passionate about hand-crafted furniture and architecture.
We focus primarily on custom work in wood, metal and concrete, and work at scales ranging from the tabletop to the tree tops.
Our interests are continually evolving and expanding but are firmly rooted in a balance of skilled workmanship and thoughtful design.
WHO WE ARE
Mike Larsen and Anastasia Laurenzi have been collaborating on projects for ten years, since meeting as graduate students, studying Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Anastasia has over ten years experience working as an architectural designer in Providence, RI, New York, NY and Memphis, TN. She received a Master of Architecture from RISD and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Memphis. She has a background in photography, sculpture, exhibition installation and furniture production, and brings these elements to the design process of Oblique Studio's work. Currently Anastasia is Adjunct Faculty at Roger Williams University in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation as well as Visiting Critic at RISD in the Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Foundation Departments.
Michael Larsen has fifteen years of experience in construction and is a licensed and insured contractor in the state of Rhode Island. He received a Master of Architecture from RISD and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Utah. Mike brings a dedicated craft of building and fabrication to the studio, allowing him to conceive of the process of making while sketching out ideas. He has taught Manual Representation in the Architecture Department at RISD and is a Visiting Critic at RISD as well as Roger Williams University.