About coil + drift


Based in New York City, Coil + Drift is the design studio of acclaimed modern dancer-turned-designer John Sorensen-Jolink.  The studio creates luxurious American-made furniture and lighting using brass, marble, resin, and wood, that is designed using the unique spacial awareness of a dancer and choreographer.  The outcome is a collection that feels vividly three-dimensional, material forward, and rich with form and texture.  

Coil + Drift presented its first full collection at the Architectural Digest Design Show in 2015.   In 2016, the studio made its debut at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), where it received the prestigious ICFF Editors' Award for Best New Exhibitor and was named one of five Honorees for the inaugural NYCxDESIGN Award for Emerging Talent.  Architectural Digest called Coil + Drift’s 2017 presentation “light, airy...with no shortage of the fine craftsmanship for which his Coil + Drift has become known.  It's a welcome jolt of texture after the pared-back, nouveau midcentury looks that have dominated fairs of late.”  Coil + Drift has recently been featured in T Magazine, Wallpaper*, Design Milk, and AD France.

Coil + Drift is on the 2018 AMERICAN DESIGN HOT LIST by Sight Unseen.


About John Sorensen-Jolink

Designer | Founder


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.  John has performed with choreographers and directors such as Robert Wilson, Lucinda Childs, and Twyla Tharp before beginning his self-taught design practice four years ago.  

In 2014 John created Coil + Drift following a desire to further his exploration of objects in space. He honed his woodworking skills while working with the brilliant craftspeople 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 documentary short made by Mercedes-Benz for NBC.

Image by  Emil Cohen

Image by Emil Cohen

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