point of de·par·ture

  • the starting point of a line of thought or course of action; an initial assumption


point of departure

  . . . is a term used in the design industry to describe the initial inspiration for the design concept. We believe in an architecture that is both sustainable and creates an individual, branded experience for the user. In naming the company, we made a commitment to not developing a style, but instead developing a design process that leads to a thoughtful and unique design. 

In 2005,

Jason Maune and Dan Smith combined a common vision with hands-on construction to build a new type of design studio. They wanted to evolve beyond the stereotype that most designers don’t know much about construction and get back to the idea of a designer as a master-builder. Having worked together for a few years, and after entering several design competitions and starting a furniture company, the two entrepreneurs decided to take the next step and dedicated themselves to building a multi-use, live/work space on their own. They were determined to demonstrate their company’s values by using reclaimed and recycled materials to create a modern, elegantly designed studio, and in early 2009, Point of Departure was honored by San Diego Home and Garden Magazine with the Home of the Year award for Green Design for the PoD studio project.

How we started...

We wanted to create a place for the design community to come together and enrich the creative process. Through the collaborative process, we were able to expand the reach of our practice while maintaining a small office footprint. Our studio allows us to host gallery events and still have a place for furniture design and sustainable living. At PoD, we never stop building and never stop learning.

A collaborative design studio...

We believe that good design can enhance everyone’s experience and bring together the community it inhabits. Our design philosophy is simple, “We operate in much the same way as the craftsmen of 100 years ago, we employ the resources and technologies we have at hand to create forms and spaces that reflect the way in which people now live, work, and play”.