Mark Joseph
Erik Giese
Janson Simpson
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Committed To Design For Over 30 Years

     Comfort products was founded in 1973 by Erik Giese and others in Aspen as a product design and development firm specializing in footware for companies like US Shoe, Raichle Ski Boots, Adidas and others. Product Innovations was founded in 1982 in Aspen by Mark Joseph and developed many products for Trek Bicycle, Black Diamond, The North Face and the ski industry.
     In 1992 they combined forces to develop products for Rollerblade, FootJoy, Oh shoes, LitesNow, the ski boot industry and others. Janson Simpson joined in 2000. Our primarily business model is to develop our proprietary ideas and then patent, prototype, test and license them to various companies. We occasionally perform services for clients to develop their ideas into real products.

Comfort Products Studio

     Located just a few blocks from the Aspen Mountain Ski Gondola, our studio couldn't be more conducive to good design. Our inspiring surroundings promote creativity, innovation and free thinking. With our complete facilities for 3D computer design, small machine shop, rapid prototyping lab, and sewing studio, ideas created one day become working prototypes the next.

Mark Joseph

     Mark Joseph designed and licensed his first product, a backpacking tent, in 1977 at the age of 20 in Berkeley, California where he was raised and attended undergraduate studies. His innovative camping tent, designed for Snowlion Corporation, that combined straight rigid and curved flexible poles was the leader in a revolution of camping tent design. This was followed by collaborations on the first geodesic Dome camping tents, jackets and sleeping bags that started off his career in design. The focus of Mark's work has been functional product design with an eye towards aesthetics. Mark holds or is named in over 20 patents and has developed over 100 individual products licensed to a wide array of companies. A six-year stint as the lead designer of Trek Bicycle’s after-market segment in the late 80's and early 90's produced many trend setting innovative designs still in the market today. In the early 90's he started working with Erik Giese and moved more into engineered consumer products.
     As at-home on computer 3D software as he is with his hands in the shop, Mark's design talent focuses on how products function. Strong engineering background combined with aesthetic design sensibility has produced products that function in pleasing new ways. Mark’s design experience is rounded out by 25 years of work on-site in Asian factories getting his designs manufactured.
     Mark served on the Board of the International Design Conference in Aspen, an interdisciplinary design conference with a 50 year history. He is also involved in the IDCA’s current transition to the Aspen Design summit- http://aspendesignsummit.aiga.org He has competed at the top level in cross-country skiing and cycling for many years and is married to Nete Joseph, a fellow designer who specializes in fashion design while caring for their two small children.

Erik Giese

     Erik was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, educated at the University of Washington receiving Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degrees, and practiced law for a number of years before founding Comfort Products in 1973 in Aspen. He has an extensive background in competitive athletics, including all skiing disciplines, and applies that experience in his design work. The Raichle Flexon concept is an example. His primary areas of interest are in footwear, having worked on many shoe projects, and the business affairs of the company; promoting long-term relationships that benefit all concerned parties. This emphasis has resulted in a number of successful projects, which are often continuing in nature and spread out over a number of years. Like all the people at Comfort Products, he is very active in the development and testing of all designs.

Janson Simpson

     Janson was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, and attended Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design in May of 2000. As a student Janson received Dean's List honors as well as being awarded first prize in the 1999 Thonet Student Design Competition. During and immediately after school he worked as a design assistant for a small furniture designer/manufacturer in Chicago. In November of 2000 Janson moved to Aspen and began working for Comfort Products where he utilizes both his computer as well as hands-on skills to perform tasks that range from 3D Cad modeling to creating working silicone molded prototypes. An active outdoorsman, Janson spends most of his free time Alpine and Nordic skiing in the winter and Road and Mountain biking in the summer.

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225 N. Mill #100, Aspen CO 81611           Phone:970.925.5100           Fax:970.925.5105
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