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Guigon Olson Studios formed in 2004. From 2001 to 2004 Chrisotphe and Corrin 0worked at the Olson family's studio in Eagle, Idaho, where they both honed their skills by attending art shows, teaching art classes, and getting involved in the community. The first taste of product creation began with Ceramic and Steel outdoor sculpture. Corrin was at Boise State University starting her studies in sculpture. The two of them got into 'cylinders', a reoccurring theme in their design. In order for the Ceramic to have strength the thought was to add metal for structure. This is where Christophe taught himself welding via the video that accompanied the new welder they purchased. He was a natural, since then expanding his skills and vision greatly. When Christophe began to weld the structure for Corrin's Ceramic cylinders their work merged. They began to work with metal cylinders and i-beams from Pacific Recycling to create both outdoor…

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  • Joined February 13, 2009

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Guigon Olson Studios formed in 2004. From 2001 to 2004 Chrisotphe and Corrin 0worked at the Olson family's studio in Eagle, Idaho, where they both honed their skills by attending art shows, teaching art classes, and getting involved in the community. The first taste of product creation began with Ceramic and Steel outdoor sculpture. Corrin was at Boise State University starting her studies in sculpture. The two of them got into 'cylinders', a reoccurring theme in their design. In order for the Ceramic to have strength the thought was to add metal for structure. This is where Christophe taught himself welding via the video that accompanied the new welder they purchased. He was a natural, since then expanding his skills and vision greatly. When Christophe began to weld the structure for Corrin's Ceramic cylinders their work merged. They began to work with metal cylinders and i-beams from Pacific Recycling to create both outdoor sculptures and fountains. During their time at the studios, they were able to work in new materials and combine their talents.

In 2004, they split from the Olson studio to start Guigon Olson Studios llc…they were low on money, had a commission in Los Angeles for an indoor sculptural fountain, Corrin was still plugging away at school and they needed to pick up some other kind of work to pay the bills. This is where an old connection of Corrin's was there to help. It was the building boom, and her friend had a tile installation company that was taking off. He needed help and they needed money so they began to work with him. With their creative background they began to do tile installation jobs that were both elaborate and simplistic, always of high craft and very clean. After a year of installation they began to design the home interiors. By stepping into the design they were able to bring their visions of metro euro urban design to the interior of homes.

In 2005, they hired on another artist/designer to help them with their workload, Samuel Stimpert. Corrin had met him through sculpture class. Guigon Olson Studios hired him to help with an art installation at Boise State University, The Cube. The Cube invited the public to take part in the act of creating art. While working together, thoughts began to flow and a concept came to fruition, the Visual Arts Collective (VaC). They spent many long hours transforming a warehouse space in Boise's newly developed Linen District. Working with the building owner, they were able to open VaC-a fine art gallery including design studios. This was the moment their urban/industrial style was able to pop. While partners in VaC, they did exhibition set-up, installations, and artist relations, along with design and tile work.

After several months working with their partners on VaC they realized that their vision was not exactly the same as their partners, who were more into theater and music as well as fine art. Corrin and Christophe had to make a tough decision to leave VaC and focus on their design and artwork. Their partners have since created a great gallery for emerging artists, a music/theater venue, as well as a recording studio in the new VaC space.

Iraq war, Credit Crisis, Bad Relations brought Christophe and Corrin into the year 2007. Their art studio/residence (The Gunderson), which from 2004 to 2007 was 'under construction,' was now close to completion. At this time they were approached to work on finishing a design for DrakeCooper, an advertising agency. This gave Christophe and Corrin a chance to create some product and spatial designs that had been festering in sketchbooks. The work done at DrakeCooper led to another office renovation at the 8th St. Mercantile building in 2008.

Now…in 2009 Christophe Guigon and Corrin Olson have realized what they do…Pro Active Design. Pro Active Design can be defined as vision that causes something to happen rather than waiting to respond to it after it happens. Design is complex visual problem solving and Guigon Olson Studios deals with this in a Pro Active manner.

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