John Beckmann is the founder and principal of the creative design firm Axis Mundi, which is based in New York. Their architectural and interior designs have been recently featured in Metropolitan Home, Spaces and The New York Times.
The work of Axis Mundi reflects a profound commitment to timeless design. Beckmann is direct when it comes to discussing his process of arriving at thoughtful solutions to complex problems. "I'm not interested in chasing novelty, fashion or fad. I'm more concerned with how the work will be perceived in the future, my sense of history is that most work inevitably betrays the time that it was made regardless of its authors intentions, in fact, the work which seems the most of the moment - is just that. Our work is very concise, pragmatic and contextual."
John Beckmann is a graduate from Parsons School of Design, and began his career working for the acclaimed "high-tech" designer Joe D'Urso. He is the recipient of a grant from The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. He edited and contributed to The Virtual Dimension: Architecture, Representation and Crash Culture, Princeton Architectural Press, 1996.
Beckmann has been a visiting critic at Yale School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, NJIT, FIT, and Parsons the New School of Design.