Our Company

Memo is a design company serving the contract furniture market.

We work with accomplished designers around the world to create furniture for social and shared spaces across work and life.

We design, manufacture, and sell, a portfolio of seating, tables, partitions, and casework with modest custom options. Memo is based in Seattle, Washington and is represented across North America by Independent Sales Representatives.

Our headquarters and studio are located in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood; known for its historic role as the home of Boeing Field and the center of Seattle’s beer and coffee brewing industries. Today Georgetown is a dynamic intersection of artist studios, light industry, design showrooms, and restaurants, and its pioneering spirit is infused in Memo’s brand.

Not too far afield from Memo’s headquarters are our manufacturing partners. Along with the production of Memo products, these facilities service the high-end retail and aerospace industries, offering exceptional craftsmanship and access to elite quality systems. Their expertise marries well with our focus on materials and craft, and their proximity allows for powerful efficiencies in service, lead-times, and customization.

Our Philosophy

Motivated by design’s ability to positively affect the human condition, we create products that honor the essential.

We believe that when distilled to its most essential characteristics, design can nurture a deeper connection to an object’s fundamental qualities, giving voice to the work; the materials from which it was made, the techniques by which it was crafted, and the purpose of its being.

Through this process of distillation, we aim to create a world free of excess and complexity, bringing us closer to the things that provide meaning and fulfillment. When design honors the essential, we in turn, honor the most essential of all: the human experience.

Our Design Partners

Memo’s approach to design is rooted in a core belief that the essential characteristics of an idea must be apparent, distilled and then vigorously preserved throughout the product development and commercialization process. The superfluous must be left behind, decisions must be measured, and that which is most essential - honored.

To achieve this, our efforts are lead by a development team comprised of industrial designers with deep expertise in the furniture realm, who are paired with world-class designers that align well with our scale and desire to cultivate memorable and commercially viable work.

The unique cultural perspectives of our design partners must also lend a fresh and diverse voice to our efforts. Each partner is treated as a member of our company, whose ideas and proposals are subject to equal parts critical review and unrelenting energy, such that their ideas can be brought to bear as successful design and commercial endeavors.

Our Founders Story

Memo was founded by a small group of contract furniture industry leaders and entrepreneurs, with a passion for design and a desire to build a business in our home city - Seattle.

Our vision was to harness our chemistry, industry experience, and network of world class manufacturers and designers to develop and commercialize truly memorable furnishings that could enrich peoples’ lives.

Our name Memo, in fact, is derived from the word memorable; always reminding us of our vision and inspiring us to remain true to our intent.