Xander Bremer is a San Francisco designer specializing in high-fidelity prototyping that blends expertise in digital fabrication, traditional manual fabrication, rapid prototyping and user-centered design.
Xander has experience on many sides of physical product design, including user research, rapid prototyping, mechanical design, industrial design, fabrication, manufacturing and even architecture. Working with skills learned from each of these areas, he combines creative thinking skills with technical know-how to bring wild ideas to life.
After finishing his BS in ME from Columbia University, Xander raced bicycles professionally and started a carbon fiber repair business in NYC. Grad school moved him west, where he earned his MS in Product Design from Stanford's Joint Program in Design and d.School.
Most recently, Xander has been working as a Mechanical Design Engineer and User Centered Design Lead at Sennheiser's Strategic Innovation Lab in San Francisco. Previously, he was teaching design and manufacturing at Stanford, Berkeley, and CCA while working on independent furniture and design projects.
Xander has been an Artist-in-Residence and CNC 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 worked on Macbook Pro manufacturing lines in China for Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Engineering team. And he took an alternative path to his early passion for architecture by creating kinetic designs with Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle.
In his free time, Xander enjoys pushing his body and mind in nature, from ocean to mountains: trad rock climbing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, surfing and cycling. His passion for art and creative projects has been channeled of late through collaborations with Sylvan Ray, a furniture company where he a consulting CNC design engineer.