1. Haven’t had a studio to work in lately, so I have to take on smaller projects like this restoration. I found a Moller highback dining chair that someone had dumpstered. In their defence, the top rung was broken and the cord seat was trashed. This chair was designed in 1969 by Niels Moller and produced in their factory in Denmark. Not sure when this particular one was made since they are still in production. The way that the joints broke meant that the top rung couldn’t be replaced so I (painfully) chopped the back shorter and shaped it to match the original. Other than that, the frame was in near-perfect condition. After stripping and refinishing the teak, I replaced the few missing nails and wove a new seat. It’s now the second piece of my chair collection, beside my Kai Kristiansen #42 chair that I restored after buying it at a garage sale for $2!

  2. A recently completed dresser, all in white ash. The design came about in an attempt to play up the unavoidable horizontal motif that occurs in a dresser with many drawers. Initially, I was planning to use 6 drawers but it was reduced to 4 for a number of reasons. The layers and shadows disguise the actual location of the drawers, whose handles are also hidden. There are actually 16 handles located under overhangs where people would naturally try to open the drawers. Aside from the drawers fronts, the rest of the piece was kept as minimal as possible. The total impact of the front seems very geological to me (like sand dunes or stratified stone) so it seemed fitting to keep the piece grounded to appear more massive.

    A recently completed dresser, all in white ash. The design came about in an attempt to play up the unavoidable horizontal motif that occurs in a dresser with many drawers. Initially, I was planning to use 6 drawers but it was reduced to 4 for a number of reasons. The layers and shadows disguise the actual location of the drawers, whose handles are also hidden. There are actually 16 handles located under overhangs where people would naturally try to open the drawers. Aside from the drawers fronts, the rest of the piece was kept as minimal as possible. The total impact of the front seems very geological to me (like sand dunes or stratified stone) so it seemed fitting to keep the piece grounded to appear more massive.

  3. This was a challenging piece as it had to fit into a company’s existing catalogue and manufacturing capabilities. Since they’re lucky enough to have a 5-axis CNC, I tried to take advantage of it by incorporating a CNC carved seat. Somewhat ironic as many people see the carved seat as a reference to traditional hand shaped Windsor chair seats.

    Built 2 versions. The first one was the two-seater in flame-figured birch with cherry legs. The birch was a donated board that was a huge surprise - was not expecting the psychedelic figure. Unfortunately, the carved seats get lost in the confusion. The white oak one-seater is a little more in keeping with my style and the client’s.

  4. More work coming soon!

    I’ll admit that over the past couple months I’ve been seriously neglecting this blog - partly as a result of setting up the new website and partly due to the way our courses were structured this term. They kept the reigns pretty tight and didn’t let us start building anything until a couple weeks ago. The flipside is that I should have 3 or 4 new pieces done in the next month or so! Right now I have a dresser, a couple of benches, a coffee table and a desk in the works.

  5. NEW WEBSITE IS UP! →

  6. New website on the way!

    Soon I’ll have a proper website up and running! If I transfer my blog to that site, I’ll make sure to post a link.

  7. UPCOMING SHOWS

    Hey all, I’m happy to say that I have a couple pieces that will be on display during design week here in Toronto:

    SEAT and SHED: January 23-27 at DESIGN REPUBLIC

    These two shows are taking place at Design Republic, located at 639 Queen St W. SEAT is a curated show of seating (surprise!) including work by a number of fellow Sheridan students. I’ll have one of my barstools there.

    SHED will display a few pieces chosen from our collaborative lighting project at Sheridan. Not sure if our work will be shown but either way, there will be some unique and interesting lights on display.

    DO WEST: January 24-27 on Dundas St W.

    DO WEST is definitely a show worth checking out. Hosted by the Trinity Bellwoods BIA, as part of Toronto Design Week’s offsite exhibitions. It gives a tonne of young designers a chance to show off their chops and introduces visitors to a great area of the city. A lot of my colleagues have amazing work displayed here! My TUBE desk lamp will be on display at Ella’s Uncle, located at 916 Dundas St W.

  8. This is an as of yet unnamed collaborative lighting project that we just wrapped up today. Many thanks to everyone in my team which consisted of Sheridan students from the ceramics, textiles, glass and furniture studio in all three years of the program. They pulled everything together in a really short timeline and impressed a lot of people at the show today. Made of blown glass, plaster, aircraft cable, acrylic and LED components. 

    "Despite their massive scale and geological nature, icebergs are temporary and transitory. They can glint and shine as they drift by in the sunlight, or darkly reflect the power of a coastal storm. However, as the saying goes, “that’s only the tip of the iceberg.” On a sunny day, the mass of glacial ice below the waterline glows with light refracted through the cracked layers. Its glow is both delicate and powerful and can appear at odds with the ice above. This installation explores the iceberg’s contrasting natures. Massive yet suspended, dense yet translucent, rough yet curvaceous. Icebergs are a fleeting icon of the Canadian coastal landscape, now more than ever."

  9. This was the last project for one of my courses so I just finished them up before the christmas break. A pair of barstools made of ash with cotton fabric. The upholstered panels were quite a challenge since they are compound curves but they turned out pretty well. Seat height is 26.5”

  10. It’s been ages since I’ve posted anything so I’m really excited to get this out there. It’s still a formal mockup but it won’t change too much more. It’s a small LED desk lamp made of white oak, acrylic and stainless steel. It’s amazing sometimes how complicated it is to make something really simple looking.