Phloem [floh-em] (noun) – the vascular structure in plants that provides nutrients through photosynthesis.
Founded by designer/craftsperson Benjamin Klebba in 2010, PHLOEM STUDIO creates timeless contemporary furniture with an emphasis on natural materials and traditional joinery. All pieces are designed by Benjamin and occasional collaborators.
Ben grew up in the Great Lake state of Michigan in the woods across the street from Lake Huron. His father built the house he grew up, the furniture inside it, and sailboats their family would sail on Lake Huron. This left a lasting impression. After college, Ben moved to Chicago, first apprenticing for a luthier building acoustic guitars, then working for a master furniture maker. Ben moved to Portland, Oregon and PHLOEM STUDIO was formed. Ben's family has since moved out to Oregon and his dad now works for PHLOEM.
Based in the Columbia River Gorge, PHLOEM STUDIO has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Dwell, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, Monocle, Portland Monthly, Gray, Design Milk, and Remodelista among others.
The Portland Chair, designed by Benjamin Klebba for Thomas Moser, won the prestigious Architizer A+ Award in residential seating in 2016. The Harbor Chair won Best In Show in 2014 at ShowPDX, a biennial furniture design competition in Portland, OR. Phloem designs have been featured in the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Bellevue Arts Museum, and the Messler Gallery. Phloem has debuted designs at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, WestEdge, and the American Craft Council Show.
Select clients include DropBox, Nike, HBO, and AirBnb.