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 wine bottle shape is re-contextualized in a manner that evokes the comfortable feelings associated with drinking wine while introducing a less obvious functional task as a pepper grinder. A stainless steel chamber and bearing in conjunction with a ceramic grinder ensure smooth and consistent actuation. Anti-microbial and heat resistant, the granulated cork finish also provides a gentle and pleasing tactile feel. (2011)
Arrays is a versatile lineage of light fixtures that speaks of the interplay between reflective and non-reflective surface finishes. Created through the process of folding a thin reflective sheet housing a minimally designed, LED bulb, the interaction between reflective surfaces and dimmable light source creates warm accents and subtle casting effects. Incorporating rotating and hinging hardware, they can be aimed so that the lighting can be directed as required. Made from thin sheets of aluminum, the shade housing and armature are highly recyclable. (2016)
Around About is a circular dining table with a flush mounted rotating centrepiece. 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. Commission for Haeccity (2017)
IN LIGHT OF
Invited as a designer to participate in a curated group exhibition based on creating an original graphic for the ubiquitous white T-shirt, artwork was developed using additive elements of a simple pocket as well as white and red matchsticks. Captured in a series of photographs, the chain reaction created was intended to introduce colour and emotion to an otherwise blank T-shirt. (2009)
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 recycled. (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)
NEIGHBOUR / WOMAN
Designed and built branding signage for a beautifully curated woman's store in Gastown, Vancouver. The all-aluminum construction is rust proof to resist Vancouver's wet weather climate while the embossed patinated brass lettering evokes the quality of goods curated by the retailer. A four point hinging system with soft opening mechanism ensures a smooth and effortless motion for propping the sign. (2016)
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 recyclable aluminum/acrylic. (2016)
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)
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)
Renovation extension and custom designed fixtures for a beautifully curated women's store in Vancouver.
01 - Radius is a rack and surface display that contrasts in the use of reflective and opaque finishes. Vertical surfaces create visual interest and opportunities for hanging while horizontal surfaces allow for displaying items in curated patterns. The radiused corners of the displays were meant to reflect the custom radiuses corners of the back wall, providing an overall comfortable feel for the extended area of the store. (2016)
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)
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)
Design and fabricated custom signage for an upscale sneaker store in Gastown, Vancouver. The light box concept was meant to reflect the opening of a shoebox and the idea of a fresh pair of sneakers. Constructed from marine grade plywood and paint it was made to be fully weather resistant while the inlayed resin logo also sealed away moisture and was implemented as a beacon to attract foot traffic in a dimly lit zone of the neighbourhood. (2005)
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)
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)
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)
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)