See Furniture Designer Thom Fougere’s Cool Canuck Creations
Winnipeg designer Thom Fougere was made the creative director of EQ3 when he was only 24, but he’s not exactly resting on his laurels. Since helming the Canadian furnishings brand, he has continued to create pieces for Thom Fougere Studio, which are just as likely to find their way onto the EQ3 showroom floor as an international design competition. Each piece is simple, but thoughtful, and there are also some strong Canadian ties at play: Thom often uses Tyndall stone from Gillis Quarries Ltd., a family-owned quarry 40 kilometres outside Winnipeg. We thought Thom was a perfectly patriotic profile for our July 2017 issue, which celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday and is on newsstands from June 5. His designs are Canadian to the core: modest, practical and smart. Click through to see some of his work.
Reminiscent of traditional roll-top desks popular in the 19th century, this piece’s flexible wood slats glide along a track so it can be left open to display items, or easily shut them off from view.
An elegant place to store your umbrella, this economical stand functions as jewelry in a room. Made of marble and copper-plated steel, the marble base is sealed to prevent water damage over time from drenched brollies.
The two planes of solid wood in this end table are left open to sandwich, and celebrate, its contents.
This multitasking bench is a staple in Scandi interiors, where it can serve as either a coffee table or bench. The slim oak frame is tightly enveloped by woven binder cane for a sleek profile. It’s would bring hygge (the hot button Danish word for coziness) at the end of a bed, stacked with blankets, or layered with a sheepskin.
Thom created this Tyndall stone vase, which is rich with fossil forms that will reveal themselves over time, as a private commission. The disk can function as a tray for fallen leaves, or for morimono-style arrangements (Japanese ikebana arrangements made with fruit and vegetables as the main material).
Thom excels at making furniture work hard (his Saddle Chair doubles as a lounger/accent chair). Here is another example of his ingenuity: the sculptural Tripod Stool functions as a hybrid step stool, but the foot rest can be used for extra comfort when seated.