A dedicated swimmer, Fred Bould is fascinated by the play among light, shadow and water in motion. This enchantment with transient shapes and forms is manifest in his graceful creations in Nambé metal and crystal.
Born and reared in Pittsburgh, he earned a degree in industrial design at Carnegie Mellon University and spent the early years of his career freelancing for several influential London design studios. He received an MA in Product Design from Stanford University and remains in Palo Alto, California, where he opened his studio in 1995.
Bould has created a diverse and highly original body of work ranging from high-tech products to housewares to furniture. His designs have been recognized by the ID Magazine Annual Design Review and The Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Award, and are in the permanent collection of the San Francisco MoMA. Numerous national and international design magazines have published features on his work. In addition, Fred has taught at Stanford University and the California College of Arts & Crafts.