Aaron Poritz Bio

Aaron Poritz is an American designer and artist born in Massachusetts, in 1984. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the California College of the Arts in 2008. For two years he worked with Morris Adjmi Architects in New York City, gaining professional experience.

In 2011 he worked in Ecuador on a sustainable energy station concept for Equitable Origin, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting socially and environmentally responsible energy development. While living in Ecuador, he also helped to facilitate community-based design projects with the Secoya tribe, an indigenous community located in the northeast portion of the Amazon Basin.

While visiting a friend in Nicaragua in 2012, he encountered a former Peace Corps volunteer who was operating a lumber export business directed at processing old growth trees that fell in hurricane Felix in 2007. He recognized an opportunity to design his first collection of furniture, which was featured in the New York Times in July 2013. Thereafter, his studio developed organically.  

Aaron established his studio at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2014, concentrating on high-end residential furniture and sculpture. His projects are multidisciplinary in that they encompass both design and fabrication under one roof. He grew up working in a wood shop and sculpture studio and has always had a passion for understanding the formation of objects and buildings. This is reflected in the elegant tactile details one discovers in his furniture or by strolling through a space he has designed.

He uses exquisite materials blended with flawless fabrication. His work highlights the natural patterns and texture found in wood, stone and ceramics. The furniture has a timeless quality; though contemporary, it evokes nostalgia. His sculpture is unique, playful and mysterious, inspired by ancient functional forms.   

Aaron has been recognized in Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Domus, Los Angeles Times, Interior Design, Elle Décor, among others.

About Poritz & studio

Poritz & studio is a New York based architecture and design firm focused on designing contemporary spaces and objects made with meticulous craft. As a team of architects, designers, and fabricators, we bring a holistic and integrated approach to our projects, crossing art, design, and fabrication under one roof.

Our fabrication studio is 5,000 square feet and located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We work with a range of materials including solid wood, wood veneer, stone, metals and leather. We offer a wide range of custom wood finishes and stains as well as custom painted and sprayed finishes. Our projects range in scale from small custom furniture pieces to large millwork renovations.