We continue our Design Star Season 7 finalist profiles with Kris Swift, a Canadian transplant living in here in Austin. Dude looks like he’s sitting on a horse that was airbrushed out of the picture, no? Kris has multiple degrees from the University of Texas (Hook ’em ‘Horns!), so he’ll give our Stanford grad a run for her money on the intellectual playing field. Analyzing Kris via the Interwebs is a very tricky endeavor. On the one hand, we have someone prone to bringing out the superfun in life. For instance…
He adopted an Austin Capital Metro bus stop and transformed its bench into functional art–what he called “an urban intervention.”
When asked what he thought people would think about his bus stop, Kris replied, “My philosophy is that you don’t tell people what to think. You let them think for themselves.” If you watch the video, Kris doesn’t really elaborate much. Being concise is a good trait for a television host, but he doesn’t seem talkative enough to make it through the presentation challenges of the competition.
Kris also designed this bubble-icious shoe display for local sport shoe retailer Nice Kicks:
…and cleverly incorporated an otherwise ubiquitous wall sticker into a unique merchandising vignette:
For the most part, Kris’s portfolio contains great furniture selections and a whole lot of boring white walls with undersized art: