Founded in 2013 by Victoria Young and Quang Hong, Tightrope is a furniture, lighting and home goods company focused on creating handmade, high quality products. Our workshop is located in Brooklyn, where we design and craft our products. We work with solid wood, mild and stainless steel, aluminum, glass, and magnets. Our products are made from sustainable materials using low environmental impact techniques.
Victoria and Quang first met in Chicago almost ten years ago. Both artists and designers, Victoria and Quang decided to combine their talents to launch Tightrope's original product line in 2014. Victoria heads up the furniture line using her woodworking and metalworking skills. Quang leads the lighting and ceramic line pairing handcrafted elements with new lighting technology. Their collaboration throughout the design process materializes in engaging and unique products.
Our mission, our passion, our vision.
Sick and tired of the rampant throw-away culture in the design industry, we ventured to create something better. We wondered, "What if a workshop had a conscience? What if furniture and lighting could tell a story? What if people's homes were only filled with things they love?"
Our mission, to reduce environmental waste in the design world. Our passion, to create handcrafted goods of the highest quality. Our vision, to give people design they will love for a lifetime.
Who we are is important to our company. We understand that diversity improves the community, which is why we pride ourselves in hiring women and people of color. We are also proud to be American, so why shouldn't our products be too? We work exclusively with local vendors, and all of our products are handcrafted in our workshop in Brooklyn from locally sourced materials.
Get to know the founders, from art to design.
Victoria Young is an artist, designer and maker originally from Toronto, Canada. From a young age, she had a love for the arts, especially the way it could profoundly impact people. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she learned woodworking, metalworking, and glassblowing. These skills turned her focus to the importance of materials and craftsmanship in her work. In the Tightrope workshop, Victoria ensures sustainability with materials and practices, and an attention to detail for all products. She loves working on custom furniture pieces and discussing the possibilities in woodworking.
Quang Hong is an artist and designer, born in Vietnam and raised in Long Beach California. He received his BA in Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Quang has dedicated his life to honing his skills as an artisan in ceramics, metal, glass and oil painting. His work is widely collected, and he has exhibited in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Arts and at Stanford University. He is also the founder of Lotus Keep Gallery in Chicago, IL. At Tightrope, Quang heads the ceramics, glass, metal, and lighting side of the company. What drives him is his constant pursuit to understand, respect, and push each material to new forms and functions. He is always open to new and interesting projects that allow him to further the dialogue within the design arena, through sculptural and lighting installations.