As a young child, Noah Packard lived in a geodesic dome built by his father, an early influence on his non-traditional design aesthetic. Growing up he was an ambitious builder of tree houses, underground forts, flying machines, and waterslides for frogs.
Raised in Saugatuck, Michigan, Noah received his BFA in Furniture Design with honors from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was a recipient of the Studio Excellence Award.
After graduating in 2005, he apprenticed with one of the original masters of mid-century modern design, Vladimir Kagan. Noah spent a summer living and working with Kagan in his Nantucket studio and continued to work with him in New York as Senior Studio Designer. Using the 3D digital visualization experience from Noah’s time at Steelcase, he and Kagan evolved rough sketches into photorealistic digital prototypes. In the process Noah began to define his own style of blending traditional training with modern details.
Noah served as a Senior Studio Designer at Dakota Jackson and as an Interior Architectural Professional at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where he designed custom furniture for hospitality clients. When he was laid off from the latter he decided to freelance while searching for another position, but despite the recession, work kept coming his way and he decided to make the full commitment to his own business.
Seven years on and Noah Packard has established himself as an up and coming, prolific designer who seamlessly combines his own refined artistic vision with traditional aesthetics to influence modern design. His furniture, wall décor and rug designs have been licensed by BDI, American Leather, Surya, Bassett and The Phillips Collection, amongst others.
Of his former apprentice, Kagan reflects, “Noah is one of my brightest by-products…he will go far.”
Along with Noah Packard Design, Noah also runs NPD DigitalStudio providing digital 3D rendering services to furniture, home accessories, and kitchen/bath cabinet manufacturers. NPD DigitalStudio’s renderings have been used in client ad campaigns appearing in Dwell, Metropolis, Elle Décor, and on a Jumbotron in Times Square.