Maxine Snider has devoted her professional life to design, and in recent years to designing meticulously crafted, highly refined furniture. Her signature style respects the past, but breathes the fresh air of modernism into an expanding collection of tables and desks, sofas and chairs, beds, cabinets, and consoles. Snider notes with pride that each piece is crafted and hand-finished in Chicago by her expert team of artisans.
A trained painter, Snider founded her own graphics and interiors studio in 1989 after directing the design departments of several distinguished architecture firms, including that of Minoru Yamasaki, architect of the World Trade Center. The studio's projects inspired numerous custom furniture designs, which ultimately became a focus of her activity. Snider says, “I became more and more interested in the design of the object within the space and the way it can complement and reinforce architecture. I have the advantage of my Interior Design career to understand the context in which a product lives."
An extended stay in Paris in 1997, immersed in the study library of the Musée d’Orsay, further solidified Snider's focus. The following year she introduced her first furniture collection, aptly named “The Paris Series,” a group of ten pieces that were as rational as they were romantic. Maxine Snider Inc. now offers over sixty pieces that have their roots in European, American, and Asian traditions, customized for fashionable homes, hotels, and offices. Her varied clients include actor/director/producer Mark Wahlberg, world boxing champion Oscar de la Hoya, and legendary interior designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. She has created pieces for the prestigious architectural firms of Robert A.M. Stern and Gensler, as well as hospitality giants Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Trump Taj Mahal.
As new collections are added, Snider remains true to her vision. When asked about her inspirations, she responds, "I admire the Shakers, the French modernists, and the great Scandinavian designs, as well as the simple beauty of Japanese everyday objects. But new ideas can come from anywhere—art, politics, fashion, or a great movie or museum show. My life as a designer is my response to these powerful influences, my way of sorting out what they mean. They inspire me to create things of beauty and of use, to be relevant and original, and to enhance people's lives."