Brian Kane

Brian Kane graduated from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. He has worked for several New York City design studios and spent a year in Milan, Italy, working with Architect Silvio Coppola where his projects included the design of seating and casegoods for such companies as Mobil Italia Spa and Bernini Spa.

After returning to the U.S. he was associated with Atelier International (A.I.) in New York and was involved with special contract furniture design projects, showroom design, and the start-up of U.S. production of Italian designs.

Kane joined the design staff at Metropolitan Furniture Corporation (Metro) design in January, 1977. Less than three years later, he became one of four partners assuming ownership of the firm, and took on the responsibilities of Vice President of Design and Product Development. In 1987, Metropolitan was acquired by Steelcase. For the next two years, Kane maintained his position as Vice President and was responsible for all aspects of Metro's design, including products, showrooms and graphics.

In March of 1989, Kane established Kane Design Studio in San Francisco. The firm has been involved in the design and development of products for multiple manufacturers within the contract industry. Kane's designs have won over 80 design awards and have been exhibited at the Whitney and Brooklyn Museums in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.