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Monday, September 26, 2016
Brian Shimansky: World Premiere Male Model
Eight years ago, Brian Shimansky’s life took a sharp
and unexpected turn, and he has John Mayer to thank for that. Then a
recent college graduate, Shimansky was all set to start a business
advisory job in the fall of 2008, looking ahead to a life of weeks on
the road shuttling between offices, when he was scouted at a Mayer
concert and decided to go all in. “About a week after that, I met Jason
Kanner [then at Major Models, now of Soul Artist Management (New York)], he immediately said yes, and I never looked back from there,” Shimansky recalls.
Shimansky quickly picked up attention from major photographers like
Mario Testino, Milan Vukmirovic, and Giampaolo Sgura, and went on to
become a favorite of Bruce Weber and Steven Klein. In 2012, he booked a
fragrance campaign, the industry’s peak, for Versace Eros shot by Mert
& Marcus, a moment of validation that made the risk he took all
those years ago really worth it.
“I sat in Jason’s office in 2008
thinking, ‘Ok, I’m giving up a serious salary to pursue this complete
uncertainty,’” Shimansky says. “I knew as well as he did there’s no
guarantee. You’ve got to work hard, put in the time, be patient, and
trust the process. Four years of doing that released when I got the call
that it was going to be used.”
With his place in the modeling world
secured, Shimansky has lately been turning his attention to an old
passion, woodworking. An avid fan of construction toys like Legos and
Lincoln Logs from a young age, he discovered the woodshop in high school
in suburban New Jersey, where he would put in hours every week making
projects from baskets and cutting boards up to benches, minibars, and
even a foosball table.
His hobby has turned more professional recently with the establishment of Shimansky Design,
his personal design and construction studio which offers everything
from built-in shelving to standalone furniture, including all the tables
and benches shot here. “I have a need to just stay busy and work with
my hands,” he says.
Shimansky approaches his designs organically, often working with
salvaged wood—oak flooring from an apartment renovation, shelving from a
defunct store, discarded desks and drawers—or with leftover lumber from
tree disposal companies. “I put everything aside in my garage in my
little brainstorm pile that I go to when I have projects,” he explains.
Currently working mostly on commission,
Shimansky does almost all the construction work himself by hand, keeping
a focus on the individual aspects of each piece of wood he works with.
Metal components are a common feature in his designs, giving them an
industrial feel along with a sturdiness that he says many pieces can
lack. His business has grown through word-of-mouth and, of course,
social media, where pictures of his products can often lead to new
For Shimansky, his carpentry offers the perfect complement to his
modeling career, a meaningful project that he can work on during his own
time and by his own sometimes-hectic schedule. He sees room to expand,
however, and says that even a major dream project—say, fifty tables for a
boutique hotel—would still be manageable on his own. And there is a
part of Shimansky that, perhaps, might even want to keep the work all to
himself. “If I’m not getting blisters on my hands,” he says, “I don’t
feel like I’m fulfilled.”Thank you Brian!