Growing up in Philadelphia and attending college in rural Kutztown and Indiana Pennsylvania, Cole Hastings gained an appreciation for both industrial and organic aesthetics. "I use a variety of natural and synthetic materials including wood, metal, leather, and plastic. My designs are the products of more than a decade of studying engineering, blacksmithing, and woodworking. 

For example my “Camshaft Table” shows the industrial quality of gears and the milling of a camshaft using industrial equipment. The use of wood as a material in this object allows me to enhance the warm tones that create comfort in a home setting. In my work, I aim to bridge the gap between the objectivity of the industrial world and the intimacy of the home. By combining design elements from machinery and modern engineering with traditional woodworking and a warm palette of colors, my furniture is both stark and inviting."