Designer Spotlight: Molly M Designs

Molly M Designs | San Francisco CA USA
I just bought a laser cutter and went for it. My training in architecture was very much about details, connections and how materials come together. I use that in all the pieces I make.

The whirr of the laser cutter is always there.

An ambient soundtrack, of sorts, underscoring our visit to designer Molly McGrath’s Mission District San Francisco studio. Back and forth it goes, up, down. left, right, over and over again burning patterns into materials with a precision that borders on astonishing. In the hands of a skilled user, that is.

Which Molly most certainly is.

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Molly McGrath from Molly M Designs | San Francisco CA USA

Molly McGrath

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"I have always made small things with my hands. What was frustrating to me about architecture was that there were so many factors out of your control. You're not doing the making, not touching the materiality of things. The contractor is. I like the instant gratification of making things myself; it's so exciting to me."
Handmade quilts by emerging designer at Molly M Designs  
Handmade quilts by emerging designer at Molly M Designs 

A synthesis of concept, form, material, details, connections and use.

“My process is very influenced by my education in architecture. I use AutoCAD all of the time, and think about materials, details, concepts, form … all tools I used when designing buildings.“

With one major difference: her current designs can be realized in hours or days as compared to the months or even years it took for structures to go up.

“Finding a new material or product that is simpatico with laser cutting is my end-all.”

Molly M Designs Emanate Coasters | Firecracker  Molly M Designs Metallic Blue Passport Case | Firecracker Molly M Designs Gold Circumvent Cuff | Firecracker
   

As we're getting ready to leave, we ask Molly to recommend some of her favorite local restaurants because:

If you're ever in that area of the city... trust her.

Molly M Designs | San Francisco CA USA