Meet Alex Adams, Owner of Type A Furniture (typeafurniture.com).
Tell us a little about your business. – Type A Furniture builds custom furniture with wood from family owned Nebraska sawmills.
How did you get started in the business? – When we purchased our home, there were trees that needed to be removed from our backyard and I wanted to use the wood instead of mulching it. I started making things for friends and family and started getting requests for furniture and took it from a part-time hobby to full-time work.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Designing and building miniature surgical robots at the Advanced Surgical Technologies Lab for Dr. Farritor when I was in college. Because we built what we designed instead of sending it somewhere else to be made, I was forced to think through how to design for manufacturing. The skills learned during this time were foundational for future work.
Tell us a little about your family. – My son, Peter, is in second grade and enjoys helping in the garden, swimming and loves Legos (just like me). My wife, Alix, loves riding her horses, especially with our son. And yes, my wife and I have the same first name!
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – The height of Covid was tough, but it enabled me to spend more time with my son and has forever changed the flexibility of work into everyday life.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Watching a movie at home while catching up on some laundry is so relaxing. Bonus points if it’s a rainy day!
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I was a long distance runner for Nebraska in college and patented a design to make changing spikes in track shoes easier. It received approval to be used in the 2012 London Olympics and was sent with some athletes I knew who were competing.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “How many times have you noticed that it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?” – Fred Rogers
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Kind.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – Super speed because I could get more things done in a day!
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – I recently finished Hybrid Woodworking, but I love any woodworking book published by Lost Art Press. Their hardbound books feel great in hand and are made in the US with top quality materials.
What is your favorite movie? – Iron Man (2008). Not only was it the kickstart to the MCU, but it was also the revival of Robert Downey Jr’s acting career.
What is your favorite local Lincoln restaurant? – I love the authentic Italian food at Florio’s. I don’t have a favorite because everything is great, but I love getting seafood when I get the opportunity to eat at Florio’s.