|Prior to his emergence as a furniture designer, Righter was trained as a biologist at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He worked for the Department of Forestry researching trees and plants and later for the Smithsonian Institute studying red-howler monkeys and endangered crocodiles in Venezuela. Driven by his love of art, building and design he shifted careers and apprenticed with a master cabinet maker in DUMBO and took art, drawing and architecture classes at Cooper Union, Columbia, and Parsons. He has been a furniture designer and maker for ten years. He was a founding partner at Sawfish Studio, NJ and in 2004 he formed Cambium Studio where he creates one-of-a-kind commissions, limited-edition furniture and custom architectural millwork projects with his team in their Brooklyn studio.