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From Race Car Engines to Woodshop

Meet the founder of Housefish, Denver-made modern furniture

Photo by Mark Woolcott

In 2008, Scott Bennett traded the rev of a race car engine for the roar of a woodshop. A former IndyCar engineer, Bennett left the auto industry and transitioned into a career his parents, former furniture store owners, would be proud of—furniture design. Now, as founder of the Denver-based company Housefish, Bennett applies the same digital manufacturing methods he once used on race cars to create modern tables, chairs, modular storage units and coatracks.

Each Housefish piece starts on the computer. Bennett’s designs originate on CAD (computer-aided design) software and are then programmed into a computer-controlled router for precision-cut components. With materials chiefly sourced from Colorado, VOC-free finishes and recyclable packaging, Housefish’s designs put sustain­ability at the forefront. “Any time we can find a way to make things more efficient in terms of material, labor input or costs, that’s where I want to be,” Bennett says.

Case in point: Housefish even repurposes its sawdust scraps with a 3-D printer to be used as binding agents for furniture joints. The Littleton native says his marriage of IndyCar technology and home goods “involves making connections between things that aren’t normally connected.” Ladies and gentlemen, start your dining chairs. 

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