Working in an environment she describes as “organized chaos,” Ana Reza-Hadden takes inspiration from everything from family photos to her view of the Bay Area. She espouses the value of learning from other designers as well. “You cannot be a good designer without learning from what others have done before,” she asserts. Proud of her ability to connect the dots in ways that don’t seem obvious, Reza-Hadden’s work offers clever and elegant design solutions that incorporate grace and proportion in unexpected ways.
The California-born designer grew up in Medellín, Colombia, spending her formative years nurtured by a family of architects and designers. Reza-Hadden left Colombia for San Francisco, where she studied industrial design at the University of San Francisco’s California College of Design and met her husband, also a designer and also from a family of designers. Residing in San Rafael, California, Reza-Hadden established her own design studio, ARH Creative, in 1999, creating a wide range of products ranging from flatscreens to chocolates.