“when loU reed said he had to have it, we knew we were on the MaP,” says Jim
Zivic, describing his first success as a functional designer—a metal piano base born
of a SoHo street find. Now known for his work in steel, coal and leather, Zivic was
raised in Dover, Ohio (“a town founded on steel and tucked between the industrial
Rust Belt and the Amish communities”), by parents who pushed their kids to ambition.
He studied painting while his brother pursued sculpture and eventually became a
fabricator of steel parts. “Now industrial-style furniture is ubiquitous, but back in the
eighties it was almost revolutionary to put some really raw-looking piece in your living
room,” Zivic says of his desire to work with the metal he has known since childhood.