Faculty Details
Tyson Atwell

Tyson Atwell
Adjunct Professor


  • Product design
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Digital fabrication
  • Fine woodworking
  • Prototyping & model making
  • Ceramics


  • Master of Fine Arts, Furniture Design, Rhode Island of School of Design, 2012
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Product Design, California College of the Arts, 2004


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About Tyson Atwell

Utilizing a variety of materials, Tyson Atwell is interested in producing art and design objects that explore the intersection between nature, craft and technology. Providing the bedrock for his creativity are investigations into the magnificent structures, processes and hidden forces within the natural world. The key themes that flow through and consistently emerge are: asymmetry, imperfection, and chance. Among his best known pieces are his ‘WaveScape’ series tables, in which he creates dramatic undulating surfaces by digitally sculpting laminated wood blocks using a CNC-Router. The final pieces are functional, while providing a rich visual and tactile experience.

Mr. Atwell has a diverse professional background that spans Product Design, Interior Design, Fine Woodworking, Digital Fabrication, Ceramics, and Graphic Design. He has developed work for prominent artists, design studios, and manufacturers for over 15 years, as well as operating his own art, design, digital fabrication, and gallery businesses over the past 10 years.

In concert with his own studio practice, it has always been one of Tyson’s goals to work with students on furthering their art and design skills, while conceptualizing and developing professional level work.

Learn more about Tyson and his work at tysonatwell.com.


  • 1899 Gallery Space, Solo Show, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2017 (Sculptural Furniture)
  • FOS 20th Anniversary Exhibition, High Country Conference Center, Flagstaff, AZ, 2017 (Sculptural Furniture)
  • Student Curated Exhibition, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2010 (Sculptural Furniture and Electronic Art)
  • Design in Miniature, Furniture Society Conference, Boone, NC, 2009 (Furniture Prototype)
  • New West Coast Design, SFMCD, 2008 (Co-Designer, Meyerhoffer Surfboards)
  • Blobjects and Beyond, San Jose Museum of Art, 2005 (Co-Designer, Products for VooDoo and Meyerhoffer)
  • Finish Furniture Exhibition, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, 2002 (Group Furniture Exhibition)


  • Honors Designation, Rhode Island School of Design, 2011
  • GS Grant Award Recipient for Craft Futures Project, Rhode Island School of Design, 2011
  • European Ski Award, 2004 (Co-Designer of Biomex® Snowsports Helmet w/ Meyerhoffer and SCOTT)
  • CCA Trustees’ Scholarship, California College of the Arts, CA 2003-2004
  • International Design Resource Award, 2001 (Designer of ‘TULIP’ doorknob manufactured from scrap acrylic)

Selected press

  • ‘Seismic V1/V2’ and ‘DJ’ Tables, A. Glasgow. 500 Tables: Inspiring Interpretations of Function and Style, Lark Books, 2009. (Pages 152, 189, 149)
  • ‘Tulip’ Doorknob A. Fuad-Luke. ecoDESIGN: The Sourcebook (Revised Edition): San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2006. (Page 186)
  • Products for Meyerhoffer | Bloemink, Hodge, Lupton, McQuaid. Design Life Now: New York: Smithsonian, 2006. (Pages 150-151)
  • Climbing Holds for VooDoo | S. Skov-Holt, M Holt-Skov. Blobjects and Beyond: San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2005. (Pages 142-143)
  • Conceptual Surfboard for Meyerhoffer | Future Perfect: Surface Magazine Issue #49: San Francisco: 2003. (Page 250)
  • Featured Artist, Mercury Daily News, Hobart, Tasmania, 2002.

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