“We try to create things that create emotion.”
That’s how Jeff Brandner, owner of Brandner Design, sums up his work.
Brandner brings that ethos to life each day in his Bozeman-based workshop alongside his team of 30 talented craftsmen, designers and engineers. That team creates furniture, architectural elements, decorative metal panels and fine arts to install throughout Montana, across the United States, and internationally.
The company’s portfolio includes both residential and commercial projects. At Montana State University, Brandner and his team are responsible for creating an 800 square-foot bobcat mosaic made of 280,000 laser cut triangles. The art installation can be found in the new engineering building, Norm Asbojornson Hall.
The team tackles what they refer to as “mountain industrial” residential projects. These luxe Montana mountain homes feature oxidizing metal features both indoors and out. Customized fireplaces and staircases reflect the skill of the Brandner team. Inside the mountain industrial homes, tall metal beams, doors and furniture co-exist with wooden accent walls and rough-hewn tables and plush rugs. The effect is minimalist and modern artsy.
Brandner himself hails from a family of artists. He followed his roots to Rutgers where he studied fine art. Like many, he ambled around in his 20s, trying to decide what to do with his life. When Brandner moved to “the last best place” better than a decade ago, the pioneering spirit of Montana moved him.
“I started this company about 10 years ago,” he says. “I started in a two-car garage in 2007. Bozeman seemed like a new frontier to start fresh and re-create my business. (We) build things in wood, metal, leather, glass, everything from furniture to large scale installations, staircases, railings, fireplaces, and we’re working nationally right now, we’re all over the country.”
From the outset, Brandner wanted to create pieces that fused natural and manmade elements – like the wood and metal tables popular in his showroom today. Before it became mainstream in design circles, Brandner was honing his skills as a master mixologist of industrial and organic elements. The juxtaposition works.
“I feel like the business I have now, narrowed down from what I like doing,” he explains. “The projects I have now are all connected to the people here. I think having people who are passionate about what they do is our key.”
The passion from his team is evident any given work day. One craftsman smooths the metal edges of a large art installation while another puts the finishing touches on a set of wooden drawers. Engineers squint at computers, virtually arranging nuts, bolts and seams just so. There’s a laser focus among the team that Brandner says comes from hiring people with a strong work ethic and zest for their craft. The focus translates to satisfied customers.
“I think people really do want to come home and feel something from their home,” Brandner says. “Give them peace, joy, and (help them) appreciate what they have.”
Brandner says aligning his company’s strong reputation with the Better Business Bureau helps him reach even more clients, especially customers who find Brandner online. Being an accredited business adds a layer of trust to the mix from the very first interaction. After all, working in someone’s home, creating pieces that will be seen and used and enjoyed daily, requires a lot of trust.
His company’s partnership with BBB is something Brandner says he hopes trickles down to every level of customer and business client.
“We’re not just working for the ultra-rich or the exclusive architects,” he says. “We work for every different level of people and business.”