Topher Paterno is committed to producing furnishings that reflect his respect for the environment and the responsibility he feels for addressing the issues of mass consumerism and waste. He's inspired to use sustainable materials and processes in the creation of works that are beautiful, functional, and enduring.

Topher has actively been involved in bringing more awareness of environmental issues to the design and furniture making commmunities - while completing his MFA in Furniture Design, He created RISD’S (The Rhode Island School of Design) first Green Materials Library.

He is currently an instructor at Otis College of Art and Design where he teaches material exploration and eco-conscious design.