This collection of objects was made for the 50th Anniversary Craft + Design show at Sheridan College in 2017. Each piece is directly inspired by some of the work that I have made since graduating from their Furniture program in 2013.
I chose to use wood as the material for these objects because of the significant part that it played during my foundation years while studying furniture craftsmanship and design.
She knocked three times and announced aloud “DOUGLAS FIR!” -H.Gowans
hoop is a tabletop light that consists of six stacked bright green wooden rings that are reminiscent of childhood toys.
european beech - produced 2015
lacquered MDF, mirror - produced 2014
single swoop is currently being produced by UMBRA under the name Mira Mirror
zig is a bookend, or an accordion looking object that can sit on any surface.
powder coated aluminum - produced 2015
Materials: rubber, wood, brass, and leather
In this collection of necklaces I have been thinking about how 2D design can have an interesting affect on the outcome of 3D objects. I looked to a distinct and ultimately beautiful shape to influence the aesthetic of each pendant. The circle.
These leather necklace pendants have been the start of my investigation in creating design work on a smaller scale. I have recently had the opportunity to be involved in a new Design Residency at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre and it has been there that I have had the chance to experiment with some new techniques as well as materials, leather being one of them.
Produced under: Fieldhouse, Ford + Reed
Commissioned by: Sheridan College
Materials: ebonized white oak, galvanized steel
The benches are built with a modular system of steel end caps shaped into semicircles. The rounded ends soften an otherwise hard industrial material, making the design more welcoming and playful. While speaking one design language, the variable end caps support different functions and uses and allow for multiple compositions. Back rests, writing surfaces, side tables and drawing boards these are all provided by the various iterations of the end cap
this beech ball can be used as a paperweight or bookend. It was part of a series with zig + hoop where the use of simple forms made connections to childhood objects.
european beech, brass - produced 2016
Produced under: Cott & Reed
Materials: hard maple, upholstered cushion
The Twins and their stumpy legs may appear very similar but are different enough that they can be helpful in multiple ways. While one twin can act as a stool the other can be a side table and sometimes they get along well enough that together they create a bench or coffee table.
Materials: maple veneer, mdf, hard maple, mirror, powder coated aluminum tube
Strategically placed voids in a mirror play with concepts of vanity, perception and personal identity.
Collaborators: Andrew Pierce, Tamsin Sloot, Blayne Myers, Rhoni Daikoff, Charlotte Gloin, Roxanne Tochor, Corey Macdonald, Evelyn Diemert, Lauren Reed
Otto’s Lamp was created during SHED a one week collaboration project that brought together Craft and Design students from Sheridan College. Students from Textiles, Ceramics, Glass and Furniture were given the opportunity to explore other studios with the goal of constructing a light that could either be functional, conceptual or sculptural while learning valuable teamwork skills.
Materials: Colour lacquered mdf with maple dowel pegs
The PYRAMID was designed as solution for an unusual eyeglass holder in the home, office or workspace. Its triangular shape allows the arms of a pair of glasses to wrap around the top of the pyramid and holding them above whatever might cause damage to the lenses on a busy table surface.
Collaborators: Simon Ford
Commissioned by: Philip Aziz Centre’s Emily’s House
Materials: Hard maple
Designed to playfully accommodate users in wheel chairs and allows people of varying abilities to sit together at one table.
Produced under: Cott & Reed
Materials: maple and aluminum
The idea of capacity in a consumerist society can be many different things to different people. Minimalist ideals compete with the consumers need to obtain objects. In the process of accumulating we realize the need for personal management and the demand of a limit. This piece provides the user with his or her maximum while conjointly sustaining the burden.
This piece was one of the winners of Fab's Disrupting Design Competition at ICFF 2013