Gerard Furbershaw, IDSA


Gerard Furbershaw, IDSA

Over his 34-year career as Lunar’s cofounder, Gerard Furbershaw received recognition in numerous design competitions. The University of Southern California (USC)'s School of Architecture selected him as its 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. In 2014, Lunar received the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s National Design Award for Product Design in recognition of its body of work. In 2015, Lunar was acquired by McKinsey & Company.

In 2019, he founded Furbershaworks. His focus is on bringing beauty and art to limited-edition furniture pieces. He launched and chaired the APDF Royalty and Licensing Summit series and taught at the USC School of Architecture’s XED executive education program. He was also an adjunct professor in San Jose State University’s Industrial Design Program, teaching design entrepreneurship.

He has been a judge for the Good Design and Spark Award programs, and served as President and Chair of the Board of APDF, Chair of the San Francisco Chapter of IDSA and as a Trustee of the Design Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from USC and a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from San Jose State University.


What are you looking for in an IDEA-winning product?

I love simple things that can be used in myriad ways. Digital or physical products that can be used to create many different kinds of experiences, or that put creative control into people’s hands, are the most exciting to me. I look for things that are easy to use, intuitive and compelling, and able to adapt to many different people, places and use cases. In addition to benefits to users, clients, and society, I am looking for designs that stand out visually.

What is the biggest shift in the design world you’ve noticed since your career began?

Over my four decade-career, the biggest shift I have seen is the increase in breadth and size of product development teams.

What keeps you inspired?

I am fortunate to be in a position that enables me to design whatever interests me. In my post-Lunar life, I founded Furbershaworks to provide a platform for sharing my conceptual work, which is primarily in the furniture design art domain. While many industrial designers of my age have retired, I feel the same passion for my work today as I did when I entered the profession. I am inspired by the extraordinary work of Frank Gehry and his ability to continue being a design leader at the age of 90.

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