Livesay Studio was founded by designer Samuel Pawlak in 2017 as a design studio and creative entity for high end furniture, digital media, and fine art pieces. Pawlak grew up in rural upstate New York, and from a young age expressed a deep passion within the realm of fine art and design. Pawlak attended and graduated from Jefferson University with a degree in industrial design (‘12 - ‘16). This is where Pawlak honed his craft for furniture design, fiberglass construction, graphic, and fine art.
Post university, Pawlak began designing multiple furniture pieces as he formulated what Livesay as its own universe of sorts would represent. After much iterating, a low coffee table set, which came to be known as Pangaea, would become the first piece to launch. The piece most clearly represented what Pawlak wanted Livesay to stand for as Pangaea conformed to no real boundaries and was designed with a heightened sense of flamboyancy and fluidity. The first prototype of Pangaea was built entirely by hand in Pawlak's downtown apartment with only a few plastic tarps separating the work space from the rest of his living space. Though now located in a more appropriate studio space, this original and unwelcoming setup, constant chemical and dust smell, and long weekend hours spent building the piece encapsulated Pawlak's ever present entrepreneurial spirit. From concept to completion, the project took over two and a half years to perfect and complete.
In late May of 2019, Livesay's work was formally represented by the Wexler Gallery of Philadelphia, and Pangaea's debut took place in May, 2019 as a twelve set limited edition collection. While with the gallery, the piece lived at the Wexler Gallery, 1stdibs Gallery in New York, and was also listed on 1stdibs and Artsy. Pangaea was also featured in the gallery's exhibition, Wild Nature, in spring of 2020. This exhibition also coincided with the creation of multiple collections of digital pieces - which are set to be remastered and re-released within the next year.
In the summer of 2021, Livesay would move to a direct model, instead of gallery representation. Today, all work is now distributed and sold directly through the artist, Samuel Pawlak.
Livesay is set to be a life-long project, a permanent creative outlet that will release work on a long term basis. Though furniture and digital/print art are the current focus, future mediums include film, functional art, and conceptual art and design pieces.