Jay Chapman pursued an affinity for design while still in high school, where he was able to study architecture and drafting—but it wasn't until college that he discovered a passion for furniture design. "It was then that I connected the ideas that you can be creative with a utilitarian craft like woodworking. I wanted to bring the finesse of hand crafting to furniture design, instead of following a machine-manufactured aesthetic," says Chapman. He first earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Arkansas, then a Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Chapman's work has been included in exhibitions at ICFF and Salone Satellite in Milan, and he also has designed furniture lines for some of North America's largest broadline retailers.