What is a material worth? What is its history? As a continuous exploration of material we present our Modern Heirloom Furniture. Seasoned pieces from the past, some discarded, some broken, others unearthed from storage are given new life.
All of these pieces have had previous lives, what are their stories? Whom was rocked on that chair as a baby? Each piece is also the work of a craftsperson. Someone built these pieces. Somebody processed that material. It then was let go, given away and used to its fullest. Some of these are heirloom pieces handed down and stored for years, all of its childhood memories relegated to the storage locker. These are examples of what we have done with these storied pieces. When necessary we have added new wood all in ash, part of our continuous Ash Out of Quarantine project showing off the beautiful qualities of city ash trees in peril due to an invasive species.
Now it is a chaise
A damaged children’s chair has had a piece of city ash dovetailed into its seat to extend the sitting area that twists down to support it. Broken maple chair, City felled ash tree
A pair of arms and a pair of legs with zoomorphic properties are fused together into this playful mirror. Oak legs and oak arm rests with mirror
Two mirrors reflecting each other with matching limbs reflecting back. A stained white oak chair arm from an arts and crafts rocker, steam bent rocker base from a traditional white oak chair, and the walnut back and leg of a another found chair, reclaimed mirror glass.
Two old light diffusers hung with ash held up with a ladder repurposed from a chair back. Reclaimed white glass diffusers, city felled ash, maple chair staves with electrical components and LED bulbs.Cut-Ups Heirloom Racks (not pictured)
Unique chosen wood furniture parts with repurposed piston valves as hangers. Various wood furniture parts with steel cut piston valves.
This exhibit has in part been made possible by the Ontario Arts Council.