Based in New York City, Coil + Drift is the design studio of John Sorensen-Jolink, an acclaimed modern-dancer-turned-designer who performed with contemporary choreographers and directors such as Robert Wilson, Lucinda Childs, and Twyla Tharp before beginning his self-taught design practice four years ago. The studio creates luxurious American-made contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories that emphasize creative form, sustainability and effortless functionality. The collection is designed using the unique spacial awareness of a dancer and choreographer to create hand-crafted items that give energy to a space in a new and refreshing way.
Coil + Drift presented its first collection at BKLYN DESIGNS in May of 2014 and its second at the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show. In May, 2016, they made their debut at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City where they received the prestigious ICFF Editors' Award for Best New Designer and were named one of five Honorees for the inaugural NYCxDESIGN Award for Emerging Talent. The recently presented a new collection at ICFF 2017.
Their work has been featured in Design Milk, The New York Times, Sight Unseen, Architectural Digest, ELLE Decor, Dwell, New York Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, Lonny Magazine, Vogue, and Refinery 29 among other publications.
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John was fascinated by design and the arts at a young age, studying everything from the violin to photography and eventually dance, which he studied at the conservatory at New York University's Tisch School (BFA, summa cum laude). He has worked extensively as a contemporary dancer and choreographer and continues to perform and show work internationally.
Four years ago he created Coil + Drift following a desire to further his exploration of objects in space. He honed his woodworking skills while working with the brilliant people at Makeville Studios. As a designer and entrepreneur, John is entirely self-taught. His has been recognized twice as a Finalist for Martha Stewart's American Made Awards and was the subject of a recent mini-documentary made by Mercedes-Benz for NBC.