The Short Bio

Windy Chien makes art that activates space and designs objects that elevate the daily rituals of life. Following careers at Apple and the music industry, she launched her studio in 2015. Her work has been covered in WiredThe New York Times, Design Sponge, and elsewhere. In 2016, Windy learned one new knot every day.

Hello

I’m an artist and product designer. I’m interested in elevating the daily rituals of life, whether that’s stirring your morning coffee with a spoon that feels right in your hand or turning on a lamp to light your space. I’ve always loved good design, whether it's my collection of Maria Cornejo perfectly-cut dresses or the 1980 Trans Am I used to drive (RIP Bandit). 

Each piece made in my studio in San Francisco’s Mission District is unique, organic, and very much me—they’re all things I originally made for myself. Then I shared them with my friends, an insanely creative group who have been honing their crafts for years and are a constant inspiration. To further build community, I teach spoon carving courses and do creative residencies in the Bay Area and beyond.

I grew up in Hawaii, in college studied filmmaking, and presented my work at Sundance. In the ‘90s, record stores were the center of the community, where we found our people. For fourteen years I owned and operated Aquarius Records, a shop presenting the music I love to the world, from Norwegian black metal to Brazilian Tropicalia and Ethiopian jazz. Then, I spent many happy years at Apple building iTunes and the App Store. When not making art, I consult with iOS app designers and developers.

I wrote about my journey to creativity, navigating life transitions, and giving myself permission here.

Tour my house here and here / Follow me on Instagram


FAQ

Do you take commissions?

Absolutely. Working with collectors, architects, interior designers, and others on large, site-specific work is my favorite thing to do. Commissions are welcome. Let's collaborate on something for you to love. Contact me.

Can you make custom versions of the Helix lights?

Yes, I love making track lights and ceiling fixtures in a variety of lengths and colors. To discuss, contact me.

Where can I buy your products?

My online shop

McGuire Furniture - San Francisco and New York City

Danish Teak Classics - Studio West, Santa Barbara, California (Fat Bottomed Girls Wood Spoons)

Food52 - Exclusive collaboration: "Navy Rope & Brass Pendant Light"

Satellite of Love - 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California

Urban Scout - Reno, Nevada

Themes+Projects Gallery - Minnesota Street project, San Francisco, California

7 On Locust - Mill Valley, California

The Gardener - 1836 Fourth Street, Berkeley, California

Golden & Pine - 633 E. 63rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Veer & Wander - 6 Brady Street, San Francisco, California (Badass Brass Rings)

Do you wholesale?

I am not currently seeking additional wholesale partners.

How long will it take to receive my order?

I ship your order in within 7-10 days. Within the US, I ship USPS Priority. Faster shipping can be arranged by request.

International orders take longer and cost more. With these, I will work with you to find the least expensive option.

Where can I find a replacement bulb for my Helix Light?

The oversize 40w G40 globe bulb that comes with your order is a standard incandescent available at any hardware store. Here is an Amazon link. The sockets can take any type of bulb up to 60 watts.

Do you teach spoon carving?

Yes, within the Bay Area, I teach public and private spoon carving classes at the Handcraft Studio School. I am available to teach outside the Bay Area and have the tools necessary for up to a 12-person class. Let's set something up. Contact me.

Are you available for speaking engagements?

Yes. I'd love to come to your company, institution, or other space to present my creative journey, share images of the work, and lead knot tying sessions. Contact me.

Who takes your photographs?

Photography throughout site by Windy Chien, Cesar RubioLeslie SantarinaCaroline MatthesMolly DeCoudreauxSamantha AltieriAndy Vogt, and Daniel Green.

How do you make a Doughnut Knot?