Sean Mannix (2017)

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Highland Design farm

159 Vandyke Rd.
Hopewell NJ

Sean Mannix studied painting and illustration at Philadelphia College of Art, minored in architecture and began his career in industrial design. He has consulted on designs for the military, healthcare and consumer products industries. Even starting early on, Mannix worked on scores of projects, all seemingly unconnected, from athletic sneakers for Prince to insulin injectors and baby incubators, but all relate back to the psychology of form and efficient engineering. Now Mannix owns his own design and fabrication studio and focuses on wood and metalwork. He is a master craftsman as well as an avid restorer, with an extensive knowledge and archive of historical fixtures and hardware. Mannix frequently works with architects, builders and other tradesmen on ornamental metalwork, including spiral staircases, windows, doors, fireplace surrounds, mirrors, hardware and lighting, for new homes and historic renovations throughout the Northeast. He recently completed work on a bespoke estate in Greenwich, CT and is currently working on a 100-year old Georgian mansion in downtown Princeton. He still consults on neonatal intensive care units, medical devices and commercial interiors, among other projects. Outside of those assignments, Mannix designs contemporary furniture, often mixing reclaimed metal and wood together to make tables, shelving and benches. In 2006, Mannix bought Highland Poultry Farm, which houses the studios of several other artists between three buildings, including Mannix’s own 3,500-square foot wood and metalworking shop. One of the reasons he was attracted to the space was his commitment to supporting fellow artists in the area. The 11,000 sq. ft. was once chicken coops that were converted to Artist studios in 1975.