We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicholas Bijan Pourfard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicholas Bijan, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I don’t believe giving up is something worth talking about, but I do believe that there are times when something is not working and you do need to know when to reevaluate and start over.
This has happened to me countless times. Without that initial failure, which feels like a waste of time and energy, I would not have been aware of what to do next to ensure that that will not happen again. I basically anticipate some level of that deterring energy with every project I start now.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I actually stumbled into becoming a professional Luthier first before a designer. I had built an electric guitar when I was 18 years old that somehow managed to go viral overnight and shoot me into a full blown company and instrument maker.
I was not expecting this at all as I was still in school and had no idea how to run a business. I kinda learned as I went.
Through all the years I was building guitars, I was also building other things like lighting and furniture for my home. These were projects for myself and I never really shared them with anyone. More recently, I decided to share them with the world and I was surprised to see that people really wanted these designs and to see more from me.
This was really exciting, as I feel very creatively unrestricted when I design these pieces. Currently, I now have a woodshop that builds guitars, chairs, and lights back and forth all day.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am actually from San Diego, but I go up to la so often it feels like I live there.
I love going to little Tehran and just walking around. I am Persian and I feel like just being there is a fun feeling for me plus the food is great!
I do think that the art that I see at Marta gallery and Stanley’s gallery are also very beautiful and even seeing it from afar is inspiring.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my sister for supporting me with whatever crazy ideas I have! She is a talented chef now and although what we do is different, I am inspired by her energy and passion for what she does.
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