It was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces during Toronto Design Week. Big thanks to all the hard working organizers and participants who pulled off another memorable year. We are greatly encouraged by the growth of the independent design culture in Toronto, blazing a path into Canada and beyond to the global design scene. Events like the Toronto Offsite Design Festival and Studio North, as well as the feature exhibits, student work, and some of the regulars at the IDS14, are exposing many people to the possibilities of design and design thinking. It’s promising to see the flourishing interest in the grassroots designers and craftspeople who are expanding the local design landscape; taking their ideas further and creating beautiful sustainable objects and experiences. We continue to focus on what can be created from Toronto’s urban wood, many of our pieces utilize this abundant resource rich with potential. Here’s a closer look at the pieces we introduced at our Studio North booth at IDS this year:
Emerging from the floor these reaching limbs support solid wood shelves. Each branch is made out of steam-bent ash used for its strength and durability in bending. The tangled mass creates unique silhouettes and shadows upon your books and artifacts. The three shelf version we shown was made with ash branches and blackened salvaged oak from the bottom of Lake Huron, also available in other reclaimed and locally sourced hardwoods. Designed to sit against a wall but equally beautiful dividing a space and seen from both sides. This modular system is built to suit, available in single shelf versions up to full wall units.
Rad Desk (see Rad Table)
Radiators are being pulled out of many Toronto homes and jettisoned into the landfill. With selective cutting and appropriate hardware, some with original symbols and decorative flourishes, we are reusing them as legs and supports for tables, desks and shelving. The top of the desk is made from beautiful Toronto ash wood. The drawer in this model has been salvaged from a discarded desk.
Elbow “Ollie” Lounge + Work Chair shown with optional LED Light
Salvaged ash, machine hardware, repurposed skateboard truck bushings and 100% wool. Optional USB powered LED reading light with a two port 10Watt USB power supply to charge a tablet or phone. Can be removed and used as a table lamp with accompanying stand. Optional solid wood side desk fitted with a slot to hold a tablet computer also available.
The Orphanage is our continuous series of reinterpreting foundling chairs and given them another life so that they’re ready for a new home. Each chair is revived with a combination of wood components, found objects and sometimes upholstery.
Cradle Light 3.2
Made new, antique and salvaged glass diffusers are given another life cradled by steam bent wood elements. This continuing series is available on a limited made-to-order basis. Cradle 3.2 is one of two old school lights salvaged from Toronto and cradled in ash.
We love plants and have created these small hydroponic holders to hang in a window or any other location that needs a bit of green. Available on a made to order basis in singles or in bunches. Subject to availability of the salvaged components.
Cut Ups Tiles
Cut Ups are about reuse, infusing cast-off materials with new life. A variety of woods salvaged from the collected history of the Brothers Dressler workshop have been transformed into these tiles, giving this waste material new beauty and purpose. Over 36,000 of them were used for the award- winning facade of Lululemon’s Yorkdale location.
Walnut legs are mechanically affixed to odd ball cast away stumps salvaged from abandoned lots or the city tree dump. All individually unique and made-to-order, shown here an emerald ash borer infected ash stump with walnut legs and butterfly joinery.
With respect for the craftsmanship with which these wooden shoe lasts were created, we’ve experimented with a selection of lasts to create a limited series of objects that pay tribute to the extinct artistry of the cobbler.
Solid chunks of wood are notched to hold your iPad or tablet elegantly for watching or play. These blocks are a part of our Cut ups series of purposeful objects made from our off cuts.
Hang Ups are composed of found wood, scrap material, salvaged hardware and upcycled automotive parts. They are available in various sizes to hold keys, jewellery, utensils, jackets etc...