Rocket Mission is a collection of modern furniture from designer Vincent Leman. Focusing on modern design, honest materials, and quality craftsmanship, our furniture pieces are made to have lasting quality and value. We design and make all of our furniture in our studio in Benton Harbor, Michigan (on the Southwestern Shore of Lake Michigan).
ROCKET: A reference to the optimism, hope, and excitement of the space age. A positive look into the future. Also a reference to modern design, the foundational inspiration for the collection.
MISSION: A reference to Mission Style Furniture and the Arts & Crafts Movement. The movement focuses on craftsmanship, honest materials, and places value on making things traditionally and with integrity (versus cheap mass production). This is embodied in Rocket Mission through the use of honest materials and quality/traditional craftsmanship.
Vincent Leman grew up practicing the craft of woodworking. Vincent is a naturally artistic person and studied art and design all through school and during his undergrad in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Upon graduation, Vincent forsook a traditional career path and pursued his passion for design. He started making one-of-kind pieces of art furniture and launched dust furniture* with his wife Jessie in 2006. Dust is a collection of abstract, traditional furniture that began as a revolt against the ordinary.
Vincent and Jessie worked together running Dust* and eventually launched a second line, Uncommon Handmade. Uncommon Handmade is best described as vintage-modern home decor. Uncommon highlights Jessie's talents as a designer and Vincent's talents as an engineer.
Vincent began pursuing his master's degree at Northwestern University in 2012 (Master of Product Design and Development Management). During the program, Vincent's passion for furniture design led him to begin developing modern, classic furniture pieces. The collection developed and Rocket Mission was born.
The result is Rocket Mission, Vincent's foray into modern design.
Rocket Mission is produced by a talented, passionate... and quirky group of craftspeople. Collectively, we have a penchant for coffee, doughnuts, and quality craftsman.