Michael Coffindaffer is a decorator, designer and artist residing in Brooklyn who crafts one-of-a-kind driftwood mirrors and limited edition objects hand cast in aluminum or bronze. Michael also offers intelligent, creative, problem-solving interior decorating services centered on needs, dreams and resources. He delights in creating comfortable spaces that uniquely reflect one's sensibilities and style, regardless of budget.
Michael began his unofficial career at a very early age, as he always loved making things out of "stuff" and found objects. Art classes at West Virginia University resulted in a BFA in Graphic Design, followed by a second BFA in Fashion from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He initially pursued a career in women’s designer sportswear, while obsessing about "all things home". After 5 terrific years, Michael left the garment industry and intuitively moved into home décor… the nesting instinct won out.
Applying his fashion sense, Michael looked around and “realized plain pillar candles were a perfect blank canvas just waiting for decoration”. He started his first company, Michael Coffindaffer Home, to design, manufacture and wholesale designer candles entirely new to the market. Whether studded with pearls, stars, jewels, embellished with cherubs, encrusted with bamboo or cinnamon sticks, or intricately carved and hand-painted, many themes were explored in the seasonal collections. To his delight they were available in the finest national and international retailers: Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods’s, Henri Bendel, Joyce Hong Kong, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue, to name a few.
After a decade on his own Michael decided to expand his horizons in and was instrumental in launching Bill Blass Home Décor. As Founder and Senior VP of Design for this and other companies, he developed home and tabletop product categories for fashion and celebrity brands including Bill Blass and Paula Deen. 20+ years of industry experience added tremendously to his expertise and “Life was good… then came the recession of 2008 and the world changed”.
Michael acknowledged his true desire to “make objects that were more creatively satisfying on a personal level… that they needed speak to his artistic sensibilities, to be special, one-of-a-kind statements”. He is well aware that many stylish types are not interested in mass-produced décor of any kind… they need to see the mark of the artist’s hand and appreciate the unique energy of the finished piece. Not surprisingly, he still loves to make things from found objects. A few years ago he crafted a 5’x8’ frame from driftwood picked up on Fire Island as a functional and decorative mirror for the newly constructed beach house that he shares with his husband, Frank Borsas. Wanting to share these driftwood sculptures with a larger audience and to expand his artistic impulses and eye for the unique, Michael launched Coffindaffer Studio in 2011 to help people realize the potential of their own spaces and homes. Along the way, he took a three-year detour as a partner in The Fashion Chef, a couture cake company, exploring culinary creativity and co-arthoring Stylish Cakes. He recently returned to his core creative interests in interiors and home decor.
As Michael states, “I think the best way to put it is that I'm most interested in luxurious and tactile objects that blend the boundaries of decorative home, nature and fine art. In terms of interiors, it's all about personalizing a space to be warm, inviting and generous of spirit. It's an honor to help people realize their I-Can't-Believe-I-Live-Here dreams."