At Ciseal, we know that the spaces we inhabit affect our mood, thoughts, and actions. As such, we aim to make products that look fantastic and inspire joy.
Ciseal was inspired by the Midcentury Modern architecture and design that’s so prevalent in and around Detroit. The thoughtful, functional blend of nature and the modern, clean lines of these buildings influenced us to create our own designs using the natural material and modern method of bent plywood.
Ciseal began in 2013 with a few layers of veneer, a bottle of wood glue, a handmade mold and some clamps. Those ingredients made our very first product - the Ray iPad Stand (and we still use that original mold!). Ciseal has been growing steadily ever since - supporting our design habit one bent plywood product at a time.
We proudly design and make all of our products by hand in our Troy, Michigan studio. Each Ciseal product is still inspired by our neighborhood and thoughtfully vetted through countless hours of research, design, and crafting. The finished products we offer are the result of many iterations and fine tuning for comfort, usability, and style. The quality of our products is in the details: the intentional curves, the hand-layered, sustainable wood veneer, and the ease of use.
Ciseal is an Irish Gaelic word for layer. It's pronounced KISH-ill by the Irish, but we've taken to pronouncing it sis-EEL
Bent plywood is our craft, but as people, we’re always learning, growing, and evolving. Ciseal is about how we layer the trappings of life in a way that uniquely speaks to our soul. It’s a way of life, a mindset that focuses our attention on finding and embracing all of the layers that matter so that we are free to take our pleasure seriously.
Owner | Designer | Chief Plywood Bender
Nicole began her circuitous route to founding Ciseal by practicing engineering at GM for several years. While at GM, the architecture and design of the Tech Center inspired her to study Industrial Design and Crafts at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She took a class on bent plywood and was instantly hooked. She designs and makes (almost) every Ciseal product as well as answers every single email you send us. Her favorite movie is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Studio Dog | Chief Swimmer
If we’re being honest, Fozzie doesn’t really help out with the bent plywood at all, but we like to keep him around anyway. He spends his days looking out the window at bunnies, squirrels, and ducks, counting down the minutes to his daily afternoon walk, and dreaming that said walk ends up at the lake for a swim. His favorite movie is Frozen because Sven (yes, he watches TV!).
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