Our Story

View this video profile for a more detailed look at Brian's process and approach to design. Produced by Odell Hussey

Who is behind Schmitt Design? Currently, Brian Schmitt is wearing most of the hats around here. Yet, this endeavor has only become a reality thanks to a trusted network of fabricators, creative pros, and suppliers.

Brian launched Adrift Mobiles, his collection of unique, modern mobiles in 2005. In the last several years, he has expanded this collection and most recently released a line of pendant lamps. The lighting marks the introduction of his parent brand, Schmitt Design.

Brian's products showcase his minimalist aesthetic, craftsmanship and interest in sustainable materials. His work has been recognized by the press and notable design blogs and was selected for the 2006 & 2007 HauteGREEN exhibitions, which featured sustainable products.

Brian is taking many steps to lead his business towards sustainability. Find out more about these measures.


Originally from Kansas City, Brian's career has evolved in San Francisco, where he lived for nearly a decade. In 2009, Brian and his wife relocated to Sacramento where he now has a studio in the Mansion Flats district. His professional background has helped him develop his skills as a designer and craftsperson. His experience ranges from product design for nationwide retailers including Pottery Barn and RedEnvelope to building furniture and cabinetry for AlterECO, a local pioneer of bamboo cabinetry.