Industrial designer Carter McGuyer found his calling when he spotted an iconic, surrealist stool by a late-twentieth century designer on the cover of a design magazine. "It was so beautiful and unique for that time, it made me realize that this is what I want to do," he says. Then a student at Auburn University, McGuyer promptly changed majors from architecture to industrial design.
Based in northwest Alabama, he went on to form the Carter McGuyer Design Group in 2006, which designs products that are equal parts beautiful, functional and cost-efficient—many of which live in the kitchen drawer. Defining his work as clean, tailored and modern, McGuyer has received numerous accolades for his work, including the 2013 Housewares Design Award for Best in Category and 2013 Red Dot Design Award.