THOMAS LEHN DESIGNS develops objects/spaces that blend atmospheric qualities with the pragmatic. His interiors creatively define settings that foster a balance of innovation, spontaneity, and concentration.

Thomas Lehn

As an experienced interior/furniture designer, Thomas Lehn's roots are in multi-disciplinary solutions. His design practice is influenced by an undergraduate degree in painting, dual roles as builder and designer and the multi-disciplinary design philosophy promoted at Cranbrook Academy of Art during his graduate study. His interest is in joining programmatic requirements with spirited space/object-making.

As an experienced brand strategist he offers a unique and independent perspective that helps organizations be better prepared for future success. He is co-founder of FUNNELTHINK, a multi-disciplinary research consultancy group whose goal is to strengthen design identity and culture by creating environments that inspire innovative thinking and change. As a consultant, he has assisted many groups to reconnect with their core values and to address needed organizational repositioning and environmental change.

Over the course of his career, Lehn has translated clients’ programmatic needs into sustainable, strategic, creative and humanistic environments that have improved operational measurables. Prior to founding Thomas Lehn Designs in Santa Fe and co-founding FUNNELTHINK, Lehn was a Principal and Director of LMN’s Interiors Group located in Seattle. He was Design Principal and Director of Interiors for Carrier Johnson in San Diego and the Jerde Partnership in Venice, CA. From 1999 - 2005, he was Principal and Director at Rossetti in Southfield, MI, where he founded StudioRosetti, an interdisciplinary practice dedicated to designing branded environments.

Lehn served as Senior Interior Designer for Gensler in Detroit, Senior Vice President of Booth Hansen & Associates in Chicago and Partner of Kelly and Lehn in Kansas City, MO. This rich, professional history has allowed him to develop a broad range of project types including retail, restaurants, night clubs, government and educational facilities, sports venues, residences, museums, exhibitions, showrooms, corporate offices and global corporate headquarters. His projects include custom furniture design and graphics.

His widely published projects include the award-winning Compuware Headquarters, Ford World Headquarters, Caribiner International, General Motors Global Headquarters in Detroit, national retail prototypes for Hallmark Cards, the award-winning Haworth NeoCon Showroom located in the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL., the award-winning San Marco Shoes in Seattle, GMAC Financing’s International Headquarters in London, England, Domino’s Pizza World Resource Center in Ann Arbor, MI., Latham & Watkins’ Chicago office in Sears Tower, Leo Burnett’s office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Expedia’s World Headquarters in Bellevue, WA.

Lehn served four years as an Assistant Professor of the Interior Architecture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught all levels of interior architecture courses and co-directed the interior architecture graduate program. He served as a Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Board Member at the Detroit Institute of the Arts and was an Art Commissioner for Kansas City, Missouri. He is an active member of Design Santa Fe.

Thomas Lehn is strongly committed to contributing to the current discourse of interior architectural design awareness. What drew him to this discipline initially still holds his attention. Interiors are the stage upon which experiential phenomenology occurs. Interior environments support, consol, alert, organize, and engage the human experience.