Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1954, for the past 21 years Ernest has owned Object Design, Inc., a graphic design / print firm in Doylestown, PA. In the 17 years prior (ending in 1999), Erno owned Lavaco Industries, Inc., an industrial design firm in Ivyland, PA. While Lavaco worked in wide ranging industries, Erno specialized in ergonomics and office furniture design, working with many very highly regarded, prominent industrial designers, including David Rowland and Niels Diffrient.
Before his industrial design career, from 1976 to 1982, Erno began his graphic design career creating advertisements in the Philadelphia Inquirer and several other local publications. He then became Art Director for State Products Corp., a national automotive parts distributor.
During his entire graphic design and industrial design careers (and really, his entire life), Erno has had the desire, and found the time, to create fine art… mostly serigraphs, silkscreens, handmade paper sculptures and woodworking, providing pieces at a modest rate, as business obligations would allow, to private collectors.
Finally, having retired from the two entrepreneurial businesses he has owned, Erno is pursuing his fine art spirit as a sculptor. Happily.
Durham University 1975 - 1976
Fine Arts study
Pennsylvania State University 1972 - 1975
University Park, PA
Bachelor of Science, Art Education
Graphic Design seminars
Women’s Business Forum 2013 & 2014
Tredyffrin Easttown Junior High 1976
Junior High Arts classes
Bald Eagle Area School System
Special Education Arts classes 1975
Sculpture & Design courses
Pennsylvania State University 1974 & 1975
Selected Exhibits and Awards:
Workin' on it!
Object Design, Inc. 1999 - present
Principal & Owner
(This was my graphic design/print firm through 2016 and
is now my fine arts entity.)
Lavaco Industries, Inc. 1982 - 1999
Principal Owner & Industrial Designer
(This is a new product design & development firm.)
New Hope Arts, 2018 - present
Artsbridge, Lambertville, NJ 1990 - 1995 and 2017 - present
Doylestown Art League 2016 - present
National Association of Photoshop Professionals 1999-2014
Worked with many leading industrial design clients, including…
David Rowland, Niels Diffrient, Don Albinson, Robert DeFuccio,
Matthew Marhefka & Jonathan Nelson
Design work done with… Knoll International, Walter Dorwin Teague,
Thonet Industries, Dreyfuss Associates, Gunlocke, Stylex, JG Furniture, UNICOR/Federal Prison Industries, five State Prison Systems,
the United States General Services Administration, and many others