Photo Gallery: Cool Canadian Designers
Look what we made! Beautiful objects from Canada.
Influenced by his father’s Scandinavian designs, Niels Bendtsen produces furniture with a modern Danish edge under the company name Bensen. His Ribbon Chair is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and his pieces were featured on Canadian stamps to celebrate industrial design. Bensen furnishings add a hit of colour to contemporary rooms.
Canada’s grande dame of design, Martha Sturdy has been creating unique ceramic pieces since the late ’70s. Once known more for her jewelry and sculpture than home furnishings, her functional vessels, furniture and accessories aptly convey her highly attuned artist’s sensibility.
Textile designer Bev Hisey‘s rugs, runners and cushions are full of bold colour and graphic pattern, occasionally influenced by Canuck sources such as the Great Lakes topography, The Group of Seven, even the SARS virus. Her playful designs include pillows with ant patterns and carpets that resemble eye charts.
Sustainability is a key part of the Brothers Dressler's design philosophy, who use reclaimed, found, local and responsibly harvested materials to create their wood designs. The Toronto duo'
Brent Comber often sources his furnishings from fallen trees and cast-offs near his North Vancouver studio for an authentic West Coast feel. His tables and benches keep their elemental beauty with finishes that enhance the growth rings or naturally occurring cracks.
It’s hard to get more Canadian than an upside down toboggan that’s been fashioned into a table, but that’s what Scott Bodaly and Heather Lam of the National Design Collective (NDC) have created with the Ubagaan. We love the intricacy of their laser-cut birch coasters that mimic downtown Winnipeg’s city streets.
This high-end furnishing firm Hollis + Morris gives a nod to local Toronto neighbourhoods, just witness the Leslieville Light, the Parkdale Chair, the Roncesvalles Chair. The firm’s designs typically involve warm, solid wood highlighted by intricate metal components for sleek pieces with a rigorous aesthetic. Watch a video of how they make their furnishings here.
Vancouver-based Lukas Peet comes from a family of designers. He works in a number of mediums, from clay, wood, textiles and glass to create unique lighting and furniture designs. His pieces have an unconventional appeal: the Rudi Series pendant (shown) resembles an oversize paper clip, perfect for adding a hit of irony to spaces.
The son of famed architect Gordon Ridgely, Zac Ridgely‘s work is as artistic as it is functional. Best known for his lighting, Ridgely’s sculptural work incorporates glass and onyx, mica and cut art glass, steel mesh and golden aluminum.
Toronto textile designer Avril Loreti mimics the patterns found in exotic and vintage tiles which gives her fabrics a vaguely retro, playful feel. Loreti’s paint chip placements are a cheeky housewarming gift for the design obsessed.