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About Us

We make furniture that is beautifully functional. Every design we put out into the world is reflective of a thorough and iterative process culminating in timeless pieces that can be enjoyed across generations.

We set ourselves apart by designing and manufacturing furniture which has a long-term functional and emotional value for the people who use it. Our focus is, and will always be, on design that goes beyond solutions to deliver furniture that provides an experience worth having and keeping. In doing so, we strive to lighten the furniture footprint on the planet and take new responsibility in the process with a fully local approach to design and manufacturing – designed and made in America.

Our Team

Blake Tovin
Founder / Creative Director

Blake has over 30 years experience in furniture design and development and has been involved in all areas of the furniture industry; from his start as a hands-on furniture maker, to running his own successful design licensing business - designing furniture for the some of the world’s preeminent retailers, including Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, West Elm and many more.

Walker Tovin
Brand Director / Managing Director

Walker joined Symbol full-time in 2020 to lead up branding and marketing. He has worked with HODINKEE, Aimé Leon Dore, and other industry-leading lifestyle brands, and studied Product Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Matt Richmond
Director of Product Development

Matt heads up our product development and brings his experience as a buyer for Design Within Reach, and his passion for vintage audio gear to his work with Symbol. He is also Senior Designer at Tovin Design Limited, working with Blake for over a decade.

Mary Hoffer
Director of Customer Relations

Mary oversees the sales and customer relations program at Symbol. After 14 years managing retail stores in New York City, Mary understands the value of customer experience and relationship building.

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