Today we’d like to introduce you to Rahil Taj.
Rahil, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
It all started in high school when I was given advice by the art program teacher to continue to the next course and take the Architecture/Design Class. I ended up falling in love with the program. I was very good at thinking/building in 3D form and won best overall design with my scale model that semester. I ended up pursuing Architecture in college. I continued to excel and really enjoy the process of making scale models for each project. Three years in I decided that I was going to pursue my own furniture design studio instead of completing my B-Arch Degree.
I started RAH: DESIGN in 2014, my first pieces were for some co-workers at a company I was working with at the time. All of which, was made in my parent’s garage on a borrowed woodworking machine from a close friend. For a while, I was working out of that garage as well as some other peoples shops until I started to gain more traction. I opened up my first shop in Torrance, CA. in a small office building complex.
A year later I outgrew and moved into my current location in a larger warehouse in San Pedro, CA. I currently have 5 different projects at the moment, all in different stages. The type of projects ranges from small pieces of custom furniture to over the top trade show booths. I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing clientele over the years that have allowed me to design without any constraints.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
By classification, I am Furniture Designer/Builder. In actuality, I am the creator of functional art. I create work that is not only aesthetically interesting but, also serves a purpose. Each project tends to be something a client wants or needs but, can’t seem to find it in stores or online. That’s where I come in. Each of my projects starts with a space and a general idea of what the piece needs to accomplish.
A couple meetings and renderings later we begin the build process. Since each piece is unique, there are always unforeseen complications. Being that I am a designer and builder I tend to implement extremely difficult design details that create building challenges. These are details that make the piece interesting and the reason why I have continued a queue of projects.
I just finished a trade show booth for a really amazing foundation called FIND YOUR GRIND. The booth was for the AGENDA trade show that happens annually in Long Beach, CA. We were inspired by their logo (which is a house with the letters FYG centered) and created a full-size house that can be entered into. The letters lit up on both faces and were the main entry point into the wood slatted structure. We were able to create an immersive experience to launch their clothing line. They ended up winning best booth design of the entire show!
Its been a crazy four years since I started this journey and I plan to continue to learn and grow. The ideal plan is to continue to operate a small batch production line on my furniture collections, and also have a team dedicated to the larger specialty projects.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
As an artist, creating functional works of art, I think success is being able to instill the trust with repeat clientele that I will not only create something that is completely unique but, will also have consistent quality. The reason why I have been successful in this industry is because I have been honest and never settle for anything less than the highest quality. Word of mouth has been the only avenue of gaining new clients.
I also think there is something beautiful about the type of art that I create. For example, I made a dining room table for a close friend of mine and the beauty is not only in the table itself but, the memories made, and the stories that are shared around that table is what is even more special. The same goes for the rest of my work. I think my art is successful because its a platform to create an experience.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have a website www.rahdesign-la.com that showcases many of the works that have been completed. I also utilize social media, Instagram and Facebook showing the behind the scenes build process. Instagram is the most up to date portfolio of my work.
You can also attend some of the future trade shows I am currently working on to see the pieces in person. I am working on a new furniture collection that I will be debuting in the next couple of months that I am really excited about!
- Website: www.rahdesign-la.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @rah.design
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rah-Design-LA-497576660348814/
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