Fine Craftsmanship + Thoughtful Interpretation = Mann Designs

Chris Mann's passion for woodworking comes through in each rough piece of wood artfully transformed into an exquisite piece of furniture. Chris works closely with his customers to deliver one of a kind, lifetime keepsakes. This dedication and commitment to superior quality work distinguishes his custom furniture, cabinetry and millwork from other artisans. Chris is equally at ease working with architects, interior designers, and general contractors as well as private commissions.

Chris strongly believes in the importance of being environmentally responsible throughout his work. He focuses on using locally sourced and sustainable materials with eco-friendly finishes. He can also work with salvaged wood depending on the project.

Chris's work has been featured in Fine Woodworking magazine and gallery shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic. In 2009, he received national recognition in the 3Form installation competition using their materials to make residential furniture. His quirky yet sophisticated credenza captured the company's attention, earning him an honorable mention. Chris considers his greatest accomplishment to be the fact that his customers repeatedly return to Mann Designs and also refer their family and friends. He cites his influences as mid-century modern, Asian and some Shaker. He loves the mix of clean lines, colors and organic forms.

Chris's talents are multi-dimensional, including being a professional photographer and a computer programmer. Although he always dabbled with woodworking on the side, it wasn't until an apprenticeship several years ago with a master carpenter that Chris found his true calling. He relished the experience renovating historic homes in Old Town Alexandria - finding woodworking to be the perfect blend of artistry and physical strength. To further his skills and passion for finer details, Chris studied at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine.

Chris graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in electrical engineering. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two kids in a home he personally renovated. From the intricate flooring to the custom cabinetry and furniture, the home reflects Chris's vast talents and respect for the environment. His studio is located in a historic warehouse converted into art studios in Washington, DC.

You can contact him at or call 703.629.8633 to discuss your project.