We are Rush and Judy Dixon, a pair of architects practicing in Charleston, SC who are inspired by good design in any form. From our beginnings in the dynamic and collaborative studio culture of Virginia Tech's architecture school in the early 90s, we learned to appreciate the design process, form following function and the pursuit of a strong concept followed by exquisite detailing. After seeing Philippe Starck's juicer and Aldo Rossi's tea kettle, we saw this design rigor apply to all scales - not just buildings and spaces but objects you hold in your hand. While the next seventeen years had us designing buildings in the architecture industry, the slow economy during the recession pushed Rush to start this product design studio. A chance encounter with a vintage bottle opener sparked the first product developed and brought to market, Kebo® - The One Handed Bottle Opener.
The Kebo® took the International Home + Housewares Innovation award for Hand Tools in 2012, made an appearance on The Today Show, and received accolades from Men's Journal, Huffington Post and Fast Company; the Museum of Modern Art, Restoration Hardware, and hundreds of retailers took a chance and gave Kebo® some shelf space. This was exciting and beyond humbling. Other products followed suit, some made it to market (Kebo® Light and Munch Stix®), and even more perch on our studio shelves as reminders of the ongoing design process and a life spent evolving and learning. We now jump scales regularly from buildings to products, with our own practice, Rush Dixon Architects, as well as Rush3 Product Design Studio.