Furniture Designer, Steel Artist
Born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah, Robert Simmons has almost 30 years of experience bending steel. He's done everything from erecting multi-storied buildings to creating exceptional modern art. He's worked as a welder in the open pit mines of the Nevada desert in the blistering summer heat, and in the mines of Wyoming during sub-zero winters. He welded on bridges in Idaho, and he spent years as a crab fisherman on the Bering Sea, in Alaska, repairing boats in the off-season. He rounded out his commercial welding experience with pipeline welding across the country before pursuing his dream of owning his own design shop.
Now he spends his days doing what he loves best, designing custom, high end furniture.
Robert’s work has been exhibited at many prominent shows and arts festivals, including the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC, the pinnacle of design shows for handmade home furnishings, and the Kimball Park City Arts Festival, a top tier juried festival, where he was juried in twice for metalwork (sculpture and furniture).
When he's not building beautiful steel designs, Robert enjoys working on and riding his motorcycle, old British race cars, boats, reading, writing stories, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two dogs.
He doesn't understand why people from New Jersey are obsessed with New Jersey pizza. Strangers stop him on the street because they think he's Wolverine.
Beth is from Northern New Jersey. Prior to co-founding Invictus Steelworks with her husband, Beth enjoyed a career in Contracts Management, mainly in the private side of the defense industry. She also spent several years as a consultant for businesses that were expanding into government contracts from commercial sales. Her experience included contract negotiation and management, proposal writing, corporate compliance, policy writing, and corporate training and education.
Beth handles the business end of Invictus, and can also be found in the shop on occasion, where she does the hand applied patinas and helps Robert however he can. She is responsible for coordinating logistics, custom quotes, and customer service. When she's not in the shop, Beth enjoys fly fishing, reading, cooking, baking, and traveling. She doesn't do any of those things because she's always in the shop.