Our Story


 

We started with one goal- to create beautiful art that can actually be used. After months of researching, challenges and breakthroughs, we have developed our dream into a reality. The basis of our concept is that art should not just be seen, it should be experienced. Art should be celebrated. It should be used as a way to enrich our lives and be connected to our memories.

Our art brings life to living spaces and intrigue to office spaces through careful design and flawless craftsmanship. We believe in the seamless connection between design and build, with each drawn line of our work being influential to the next. Telling meaningful stories through art is our passion, and we look forward to designing and building your brand new piece of functional art.

 

"Good Company" is an oil painting created by our co-founder and lead designer Jamar Simien, after returning from his most recent trip to Malawi, Africa. 

 

Who We Are

The owners of Contour all share an appreciation for high quality, sustainable design. Each person brings their own unique perspective to our conversations about design and construction.

Jamar Simien is the CEO and Creative Director of Contour. He is an award winning art educator and a published fine artist who travels the world regularly. His background is in urban design, holding a degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Landscape Architecture. He's a skillful oil painter, with a specialty in realistic portraiture, having held solo exhibitions in Baton Rouge, Houston and Los Angeles. As a founding partner, Jamar oversees design and the creative direction of the company. When he's not working on a commission for a client, he's facilitating outreach programs and design workshops between Texas and Africa. He currently lives in Houston.

Ike Igbo is the CFO and Logistics Director of Contour. He is a world traveler, has modern design sensibilities and collects beautiful furniture from all of his travels. He holds a clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy and is an expert in assessing the functionality and ergonomics of our handmade furniture. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University (LSU) and Nova Southeastern (NSU). Born in Nigeria and educated in America, he has a keen global approach to design and business. Ike oversees all of the logistics concerning exporting our products from Africa to America. 

Brandon Destouet is the CMO and Technology Director of Contour. He is an experienced woodworker who creates custom furniture for clients around the world. He is a founding partner of the company, with a wide variety of interests in design. A graduate of Prairie View A&M University, he has a business background with an emphasis in IT and marketing. Aside from his work in IT, he has turned his passion for woodworking into a successful career. Brandon oversees construction and marketing for the company. He lives in Houston, Texas.

All of our original functional art is created in our design workshops in Houston and Malawi, Africa.