PRINCIPAL | LEAD DESIGNER
Henry DeFauw has been creating architectural and furniture metalwork for 20 years, and since 2003 through his firm DeFauw Design & Fabrication. He learned woodworking in his father’s woodshop in Michigan, and went on to earn a BA in commercial illustration and graphic design at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies. Since then he has worked in commercial, medical and technical illustration and graphic design; in film and television as a prop and set designer and builder; architectural restoration; fine art restoration, handling and installation; as a sculptor and painter showing in the US and Europe; as a macrobiotic chef in the US and Europe; and in his current role as principal and lead designer at DD&F.
Andy Chan has worked professionally in metal arts since 2004. He met Henry DeFauw in the industry, and joined him at DDF in 2008. Raised in Davis, where a junior high shop class planted the seed for his interest in metalwork, Andy attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to pursue technical knowledge of the field. When not playing with metal, Andy can be found crafting with an endless variety of other media, enjoying good food and beer, biking around Alameda and hiking on Bay Area trails.
PROJECT MANAGER | FABRICATOR
A graduate from California College of the Arts with a major in Furniture and Sculpture, Willem’s design and craft aspirations stem from both architectural concepts and a deep respect for traditional methods of making. He Joined DDF in 2012.
Prior to working at DDF, Dan boasts a varied background including time spent as a motorcycle mechanic and fabricator/installer of window displays for a large national retailer. In his spare time, Dan juggles a myriad of his own automotive and motorcycle projects.
JUNIOR DESIGNER | LEAD DRAFTSPERSON
Rachel is a transplant from Gainesville, Florida, where she graduated from the University of Florida's School of Architecture. She has worked in the Bay Area for two years, with project experience on buildings ranging from historic renovation to large-scale civic and urban constructs. Rachel's design interests lie in honest materials, expressive assembly, and innovative systems. She enjoys being immersed in the physical process of creation of all types, with a background in construction, digital fabrication, and baking.
Joe joins us from a long history of creative pursuits. He graduated with a degree in film and animation at the California Academy of the Arts, and is currently taking welding and machining classes at Laney College. Prior to joining the DDF team, Joe worked in the production of cast glass for architectural and sculptural applications. In his time off, Joe creates stop-motion films and listens to loud rock and roll.
Brett, originally from Indiana, comes to the shop with a background in motorcycle mechanics. He owns a motorcycle shop in San Francisco, and also bartends nights in the city. On weekends, Brett can be found rock climbing or kicking it in any number of lakes, rivers, and pools.
When not crunching numbers for small businesses, Dan Kluger can be found playing guitar in the Pork Pies, an old-time square dance band. He’s also been seen playing banjo for the vegetables at the Farmers Market.