Richard Elaver is a designer and metalsmith working in the overlapping spheres of art, design, and technology. In his work, Elaver integrates the tools of industrial design with the craft of metalsmithing. He develops computer simulations of biological phenomena, and uses them to create design objects.
Elaver received his Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2006, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship in the Netherlands where he worked with Droog Design and studied the history of design at the University of Leiden. Following several years of work experience both as a jeweler and industrial designer, he is now an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Elaver’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at: The National Ornamental Metal Museum, NY Hall of Sciences, and the Tampa Musuem of Science and Industry. He is also named on over 15 design patents and has helped develop products for companies such as Wilson Sports, 3M, and Craftsman.