Xander Bremer is a San Francisco designer specializing in high-fidelity prototyping, blending expertise in CNC, mechanical engineering, art and user-centered design.
Xander has worked in a wide range of design roles from architecture and industrial design to mechanical engineering and manufacturing. He has a BS in ME from Columbia University, and MS in Product Design from Stanford's Joint Program in Design and d.School.
Most recently, Xander has been teaching and working on independent projects. At UC Berkeley, Xander is a Design Specialist at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation where he is the CAM/CNC and Metal Lead. At California College of the Arts, he teaches Bicycle Frame Building to Industrial Design undergrads and Materials and Manufacturing to grad design students.
Xander's experience ranges across often-divergent fields. At Olson Kundig Architects, he was the Assistant Kinetic Designer to Phil Turner, creating physical prototypes and mechanical designs for lead architects. He has also worked in Shanghai with Apple Inc, building assembly line fixtures with the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering team for Macbook Pros. Xander also started his own composites business, repairing broken carbon fiber bicycle frames at BikeCPR.
Xander's practice is rooted in materiality and tactility. Major themes include incorporating the hand into precision digital work, small batch production, conceptual prototyping, and non-traditional material use.
Xander has been an Artist-in-Residence and CNC Directed Researcher at Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop. He has welded a half-ton of steel 10 feet in the air to create a canopy over a fire pit permanently installed on Stanford's campus. He has used CNC machines, 3D scanning, and traditional methods to create batch furniture with hand-sculpted contours and laminated live edges. He has designed watches using Swiss movements based on technology that’s over seven centuries old.
Xander's practice is a means of processing his place in the modern world. His primary interests are in our contemporary relationships with nature, the history of the things we make, and the future of how we are creating a world for ourselves.