Lauren Crahan

A widely educated furniture designer and installation artist who strives to integrate creativity with utility, Lauren Crahan serves as co-founder of Brooklyn-based design and fabrication firm Freecell. Lauren Crahan’s passion to craft compelling works that challenge everyday perception drove her to study at the nationally renowned Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1996, Lauren Crahan gathered valuable experience in New York City with Rafael Viñoly Architects and award winning design venture Weiss/Manfredi. A multifaceted design professional, Lauren Crahan contributes her pieces to a wide range of venues, from galleries to modern workspaces to television shows. Co-founded with partner John Hartmann in 1999, Freecell aims to produce thought-provoking spaces. Lauren Crahan bears a number of talents, including drawing, machining, cutting, and welding. An artist who works to reintroduce untraditional materials, Lauren Crahan’s design and fabrication works through Freecell are frequently featured in museums and galleries, including the Henry Urbach Architecture gallery in NYC; the Center for Architecture gallery in NYC; and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. A manifold talent, Lauren Crahan is also frequently commissioned to craft furniture items for the offices of large New York City firms, among them technology service venture Control Group, Inc. and print design studio Y Interact. The talents of Lauren Crahan and Freecell also appeared in the television hit Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls and in House & Garden magazine. A dedicated artist and professional, Lauren Crahan is committed to the advancement of design and also contributes her ingenuity to teaching positions at large universities including Rhode Island School of Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, and Parsons The New School for Design. Lauren Crahan bears a prominent reputation in her professional arena and holds accreditation with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) association. In her free time, she enjoys exploring New York with her dog Athnea and reading the literature of authors Walt Whitman and Italo Calvino.