Dane received a Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta in 2006, where he furthered
his skills in sculpture, and found a new passion for furniture design. After a short period of
custom work in Edmonton, he followed an opportunity to Boston, where he worked as one of
Boston Dynamics’ first Robotic Technicians. This work spanned over several years, allowing
Dane to develop a breadth of fabrication skills and knowledge of materials and engineering.
Within his final two years at the company Dane lead a team of technicians through the build of
their first fleet of ATLAS humanoid robots for a DARPA Robotics Challenge attended by
companies and universities from around the world.
After leaving Boston, Dane founded Retrobound here in Vancouver, opening up a small
furniture focused workshop, followed by a freelance Industrial Design business helping local
entrepreneurs bring their product concepts to life.
Lately he has exhibited at IDS west and IDS Toronto, followed by representation by Kozai
Modern. When he’s not making art furniture or developing new products, he’s designing props
for a local establishment, helping furbish some well known TV and film crews with arsenals of
gadgets set to match their imaginations!
For a lively conversation, ask Dane about creative self discovery, with attention to where the
lines blur between art and design!