milan 2009

Every April, Mikayla (my Main Squeeze) and I spend a week in Milan during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the Modern Furniture Fair. Milan is the world center of design for both fashion and furniture, so the city opens its doors to an international design community of over 300,000 with hundreds of showrooms putting on special installations and events, in addition to the largest, most extensive trade show facility I have ever experienced. Las Vegas pales by comparison.
Foerstel doesn’t design furniture or interiors (yet), but all design projects share the same basic principles, and being immersed in the innovation, imagination and passion of the design culture in Milan for a week is unbelievably inspiring. I come back to work refreshed and with a renewed perspective and energy.
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White Cabinet

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Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.

He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.

An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.

One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.