Truly a multi-faceted talent, Gregory is an accomplished artist, industrial designer, master craftsman and business executive. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines; designing consumer products, creating architectural projects and lecturing on design and the creative process to industry and universities.His furniture designs have been in numerous national juried shows, including the American Craft Council, NYC Contemporary Fine Furnishings, and Providence Fine Furnishings. His creations have won many awards and acknowledgments, including “Best of Show” at the Philadelphia Furniture Show in 2003.
In 2001, after a 20-year career as a “gun for hire” product designer for Fortune 500 companies, Clark married his passion for furniture-making and his corporate know how to form Artifact Design Group, LLC, and its provocative gallery in Wilton CT. Working with preeminent interior designers and architects, the firm is dedicated to producing exceptionally well crafted and innovatively designed, heirloom-quality furniture. He works out of a state-of-the-art facility in Wilton CT that he designed and built, wherein designs are created and produced to his specifications.
As an industrial designer focused on design innovation, Gregory has consulted and created products for over 40 companies. These include Schick Razor, Addidas, Nike, Hoechst Celanese, Scott Paper, Cheesbrough-Ponds, Stanley Tools, Herman Miller 3M and many more. His works resulted in applications for over 35 patents with many granted and pending. Gregory is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design where he studied Industrial Design along with participation in coursework with numerous celebrity designers and artists including Dale Chihuly, Tage Frid, John Dunnigan and Marc Harrison. While at RISD, he participated in coursework in Engineering at Brown University giving him a multi level perspective for design. In 1990, he received a grant from the Kress Foundation and was the first American to study at the prestigious European Center for Training Craftsmen conserving architectural relics in Venice, Italy.
Gregory has innovation and design in his DNA. From early childhood Gregory was set on the path to master craftsmanship and innovation. His great great grandfather carved architectural detailing for churches and his family’s Connecticut-based antiques business afforded him a hands-on education in the history of furniture and the traditional techniques used by artisans throughout the centuries. Truly a child prodigy, at 11 years old Gregory was rated one of the Top 10 miniature furniture makers in the USA at a national show at Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum in CT. At 17, his Tambour Desk won a national competition sponsored by Stanley Tool Company, which named him the top woodworking student in the country. Also an emerging innovator, that same year he created a functional 2 person Hovercraft and won the highest award from the Connecticut Industrial Arts Association for his achievement.
Continuing his quest to bridge the gap between art and design, in September 2008 Gregory launched the Gregory Clark Collection, where he produces museum-quality pieces from the most exotic materials available. “These are inspired pieces that are more emotive and sculptural than what I have produced in the past.” This new collection has been embraced by top galleries and was recently shown during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009.