Steven Haulenbeek is a Michigan native and has been interested in the visual arts since a very young age. He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan and received a BA in drawing and sculpture. Living and working in the Holland/Grand Rapids area, a hotbed of American design and furniture manufacturing (home to Herman Miller, Steelcase, Haworth etc.) became very powerful influence. He fell in love with the Eames’, Nelson, Saarinen, Bertoia etc. while simultaneously trying to discover his path as a sculptor. The large-scale steel sculpture work quickly turned into functional objects and he executed his first one-man show at the Holland Area Arts Council with 20 sculptural lighting pieces in 2002.