Frameworks is a versatile partition / furniture system incorporating lighting and acoustic panels for both isolating and uniting spaces within spaces. The interface between individual components allows for interconnection of free standing walls, intersecting planes, ceilings and surfaces with the possibility of curating a variation of clusters.
(2019 - More details to be released)
Arrays is a versatile lineage of light fixtures that speaks of the interplay between light and form. Created through the process of folding a thin sheet housing a minimally designed, LED bulb, the interaction between folded forms and dimmable light source creates warm accents and subtle casting effects. The folded forms, defined by vertices or curves found in simple geometry, spliced on an angle create positive and negative spaces that both shade and highlight. The folded shades can be used as a single unit or combined together to form larger groupings/arrangements in dramatic effect. Incorporating rotating and hinging hardware, they can be aimed so that the lighting can be directed as required. The shade housing and armature are made from rigid, lightweight aluminum. (2017)
Around About is a circular dining table with a flush mounted rotating centerpiece. The sculpted tripod leg configuration reciprocates the circumference of the table top and creates tension/balance between the horizontal and vertical surfaces of the table. Constructed from traditional materials such as oak and quartz, it has both a sense of permanence and playfulness. The rotating centerpiece is designed for accessibility from below as access holes and a lifting dowel are provided if the centerpiece needs to be maintained. Designed to seat 8 people comfortably and built to last generations, the Around About table is a simple and refined solution to communal dining but also a subtle reflection of Pacific regional culture. (2017)
This project is intended to explore the idea of inversion in materiality. Glass and cork, both traditionally-based materials, switch roles and as a result take on new forms. The ubiquitous bottle shape is re-contextualized in a manner that evokes the comfortable feelings associated with drinking beer or wine while introducing a less obvious functional task as a salt or pepper grinder. Accustomed to seeing on table surfaces the cork bottle form blends easily into its’ functional environment yet adds an element of surprise and curiosity. Mini bottles are an extension of the cork bottle family and can serve as salt/pepper shakers in the kitchen/dining environment or as desk organizer accessories in the study/work environment. Anti-microbial in nature, a carefully selected density of granulated cork is both comfortable to hold and functionally resilient while also being environmentally responsible in that it is made from reconstituted material. (2018)
Beam was designedas a floating shelf system with LED lighting integrated into the body of each shelf, allowing the shelves to be freely positioned in combination and in multiple configurations directly onto a standardized wall. The structural skin of the shelf in combination with the perforations create an extremely stable foundation for displaying/storing items while also providing for a large surface area to serve as a heat sink for the light source. This ensures that the LED’s are able to retain their full efficiency/lifespan. The lightweight aluminum construction/hanging cleat is also designed for accessibility so that the long life LED’s can be later upgraded or the unit disassembled and serviced. (2015)
This multifunctional surface was conceptualized as a coping strategy for the tighter living conditions brought about by city densification. The tiered design creates primary and secondary surfaces that allow the user to use it as a compact workflow desk as well as a dining table. Items can be easily moved or stored according to usage, creating a very convenient and versatile solution for smaller spaces that are unable to fit more than one type of table. Echelon’s legs are designed to act as corner bumpers but also allow multiple types of tabletops to be friction fitted based on custom preference. Here, a tinted glass top surface interacts beautifully with the black walnut substructure to create visual points of interest. This focus on quality of construction and versatility in design allows for a higher perceived value and longevity of use and ownership. (2017)
Stash is an entryway bench that is designed to store items regularly used when coming or going. The top of the bench is sculpted in an area to promote comfortable seating while another section is left flat as a means of providing a stable surface for placing commonly used items such as keys or cellphones but also allowing for the opportunity of display such as floral/plant arrangements. The pull out drawer area below addresses cultures which do not wear footwear inside and thus is reserved for stowing items such as shoes. Quality hidden hardware is used for safe and smooth opening and closing of the drawers even while seating and perforated sheet aluminum drawer bottoms are used for footwear breathability whether in wet or dry condition. Reinforcements were also designed into the the span of the bench in order to ensure smooth and consistent movement of the drawers over time. Stash is an innovative solution to both cultural norms as well as idiosyncrasies, made from hardwood such as walnut employing mortise and tenon joinery, it is durable in construction and made to last generations. (2017)
Lightway is a door and light fixture that is meant to address the transition between spaces, whether physical or mental. The structure of the door, which is normally hidden away, is instead highlighted through the interaction of material, shadow and light. Created through multi-colour blocking, it can be configured and re-configured to suit/reflect different moods and spaces. It is designed to be controlled via remote/app and constructed from reclaimed timber and aluminum/acrylic. (2018)
Custom designed and built interior elements for a top end men's apparel store in Vancouver's Gastown district.
01 - Pay - Display was designed with the concept of layering. In terms of both object and material, layers follow a hierarchy of flow and create clean surfaces and defined areas. The interaction between opaque and transparent materials allow opportunities for displaying objects while planned recessed zones ensure proper storage and a minimal aesthetic. The custom perforated glass light feature creates a subtle beacon while also softening the transition between store features. (2015)
02 - Ridge Bench was intended to create surfaces for display and storage while still providing a rigid platform for bench seating. Repeated bent tray forms in varying sizes create recesses for display highlights while also allowing for strong aesthetic and structural cues in construction. (2015)
03 - High - Vis is an eyewear display that incorporates LED lighting and can adapt to changing colour needs. The thin smoked glass shelves create the feeling of lightness while also highlighting the nature of the display. Adjacent mirrors and lower storage for packaging create additional functionality while the preserved moss installation creates warmth and acoustic balance. (2016)
Spine is a versatile seating solution for indoor or outdoor use. The back and seat of the chair are centrally connected by a semi-rigid structure that is built to both support and flex with the user. Bends in the sheet metal back and seat create structural rigidity where needed but also flex in areas to create comfort zones where the body comes into contact. Fabricated out of aluminum, it is fully weatherproof but is also available with a hardwood leg option for a warmer feel during indoor use. In a world filled with short-term/throw-away furniture, focus on simple design, quality of construction and durability of materials promotes longevity of use. (2017)
Custom designed and built in collaboration with John Elliot, this light tunnel created a unique shop in shop experience within the walls of Roden Gray, a top men's apparel store in Vancouver. The repeated vertical light pattern leads the eye inward and was inspired by automotive paint booths that use patterned light to ensure colour consistency and visual acuteness. The minimal aesthetics of the structure were achieved through considered design, ensuring the complexity of wiring and hardware was hidden away, thus allowing the product to shine. (2015)
Views is a custom partition and lower storage credenza for a beautiful open space planned residential project. It serves as a division of space between the main entrance and dining/living room - an interstitial zone promoting a natural flow and feel from one area to the next. The bent detail in the thin aluminum upright supports as well as the numerous intersecting points between parts also create a rigid and stable structural display on top of the minimally detailed base cabinetry. (2018)
While working abroad in London, I was part of the design team responsible for pitching the winning selection of the Torch for the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Part of an invite-only competition which included many prestigious UK based design studios, we were responsible for the concept and prototype development of the chosen design. During this rigorous process, many CAD and physical models were scrutinized and tested for ergonomic and aesthetic properties while still being integral in concept to the Olympic Games. As a result, the Torch's trilateral form and perforated detail are symbolic of London's Olympic heritage and its' ethos of participation in the Olympiad. Crafted from high-tech aluminum alloy, its' formal language also created an extremely lightweight torch that dissipated heat efficiently and had superior tactile grip while still being able to consistently hold a flame through extremes of altitude, temperature and wind. Collab. Barber & Osgerby for the 2012 Olympic Games (2011)
Adidas / Wings + Horns
Designed and fabricated point of purchase displays for the Spring/Summer capsule launch collaboration between Adidas and Wing + Horns. A technical mesh panel is suspended from a satin anodized aluminum frame to reveal a rich sublimated graphic. Flat-packed for efficient shipping yet simple and strong when assembled, they provide bold brand awareness and an attractive platform for product placement. (2017)
Bench for Garden
A modern response to the traditional vernacular associated with classic outdoor benches. Contrasting through transparency and lightness of form, it reflects a minimalist language while still maintaining a structurally stable construction. Constructed from solid teak, it is designed to weather both damp and sun laden environments. Collab. Barber & Osgerby for Tectona (2011)
Custom designed and built store fixtures for an exceptionally curated shop in the gastown area of Vancouver.
01 - Level was designed as a modular fixture, with rod display and LED lighting components that can be moved and secured along the ceiling mounted rail system based on changing merchandising requirements. (2015)
02 - Beam was designed as a floating shelf system with LED lighting integrated into the body of each shelf, allowing the shelves to be positioned freely in any configuration directly onto a wall. The structural skin of the shelf in combination with the perforated panels provide a stable foundation for displaying items while also providing a heat sink for the light source. (2015)
03 -Tether was designed as a minimal shelving system that is integrated into existing hanging racks. They can be used in multiple configurations and adjusted at any height with the clamp mounting system. Instead of incorporating extra vertical supports, it creates a seamless, minimal aesthetic that brings the fixtures together. (2015)
Link is an ongoing experiment in the re-use of engineered materials. Broken hockey sticks, that are usually discarded, are re-purposed and transition from a short life cycle to a more long-term outlook in the form of home objects. Due to the general high impact nature of hockey that causes many sticks to break, Link re-appropriates a usable yield from these discards by creating a connection system between the hollow structure of each stick. (2007)
Design and build of an outdoor patio for a busy Italian Bistro. The overall goal was to fuse old world charm and clean, modern design within an unseen, interstitial plot of land. Central to this theme was the custom fabrication of outdoor concrete tiles that vary in tonal qualities in order to create a warmer feel to a traditionally cold material. Adding to this character is imprinted texture in various wood grains, creating functional grip as well as aesthetic detail to the concrete. Custom galvanized chairs and tabletops add durability and an industrial element to the patio while a cedar lined fence and branded planter boxes enhance its' overall depth and feel. Japanese cedar, black bamboo, ornamental grasses and various herbal plantings add to the warmth of the wood details and create a pleasant atmosphere and a hidden outdoor escape. (2012)
Roost Cafe - Bistro
Interior design consultation and custom designed/built elements for a neighbourhood cafe and bistro in Vancouver's Chinatown.
01 - Roost is a central shelving and display unit that allows for a functional and aesthetically pleasing focal point behind the bar. A modern take on a roost, bent metal supports create vertical structure and horizontal support points, while the warmth of the hemlock inlay surfaces compliment the white and grey grouted tile backdrop. (2016)
02 - Gra-zie is a 25 foot long, minimal yet comfortable bench seating solution for the main seating area of the cafe/bistro. It was designed with the idea of exposing all elements specifically selected for their innate positive material qualities. Designed to maximize strength and spatial efficiency, laminated birch-ply CNC cut gables also create structural and rhythmical appeal to elongate the space. A combination of bent steel and contouring upholstery allow for a visually light, modular construction and a cozy, communal feel. Since tables can be moved along the length of the bench separately or combined together to form larger gatherings, the continuous nature of the bench allows for extremely flexible seating options. (2016)
Ascent is a multi-use incense holder and tray designed to burn scents in varying forms. Corner indents allow for incense sticks, while the central recess provides an area for conic and disc variations. Surface detailing of the angular-rounded form facilitates cleaning while also making it easy to pick up and handle so that the fine ash residue remains collected in the tray until disposal. Ascent can be used to burn single incense but also functions to burn in multiples when there is ritual meaning associated with the numbers/types burned or a more potent/mixing of scents is desired. Casted from heat resistant ceramic, it is safe for household use and can also be combined with other Ascent trays for incense burning associated with larger gatherings/rituals. Other material options include metals such as brass or aluminum or stones such as granite or marble. (2018)