How an unhappy electrical engineer became a thriving furniture designer – Los Angeles Times

The gig: Michael Amini, 58, was an unhappy electrical engineer who went from designing circuits to designing furniture. His Pico Rivera company, Amini Innovation Corp., also known as Aico, sells products through more than 3,000 retailers in more than 80 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm employs about 200 people.

The brand: Amini said he envisions his traditional-style furniture as a lifestyle brand “that someone doesn’t just sit on. It’s furniture you want to show off to your friends.” Lately, the Amini brand has included rugs and wall art. A dining room set averages $5,000 to $9,000 but can run as high as $20,000.

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