As the bright winter sun rises, unobstructed, along the Winnipeg horizon, we are reminded of our place in this world.
We are of the prairies.
We are of simplicity, yet of intricacy.
We are of strength, yet of fragility.
Intricacies are revealed when taking a closer look at the simple forms of nature and built form that surround us in both our rural and urban context. Antler Luminaire speaks to this revelation and subtlety.
The antler of the native white tailed deer, is a composition of simple, fluid curvilinear lines void of obvious detail, yet delving deeper into inspection allows one to comprehend the intricacies in connection, formation and development, expressed through the sutures of the skull.
Juxtaposition dominates in the formation and conception of the Antler Luminaire. Technology and nature, uniqueness and predetermined form and darkness and light work in contradiction and combination to create the luminaire. The handmade piece consists of lasercut and handformed acrylic, custom brass fixtures and natural bone.
In creating a suspended luminaire from raw natural forms, laser cut acrylic planes and a light source; a local artifact is exposed in all its complexity. Scale, in descending intricacies is used to draw one towards the piece, from the raw antler, to the softly curving acrylic panels, to the nearly hidden interior. Here, the intricacies in form, the suture pattern, the handcrafted connections, and the carefully selected details, reveal themselves
“The joy of the prairie lies in its subtlety. It is so easy—too easy—to be swept away by mountain and ocean vistas. A prairie, on the other hand, requests the favor of your closer attention. It does not divulge itself to mere passerby.”
GFRC concrete, Brass hardware, Bronze Cables
24 in x 15 in x 7 in
Humans have explored a variety of forms while considering the phenomenological impact of light, in an attempt to animate both natural and artificial light. This notion dates back to primitive times, where simple pieces of stone harnessed the power of the sun to tell a story, record time, enhance a sensory experience and in turn, a strong emotive response.
The natural stone-like quality seen in the hand poured concrete of the nestleShade, in its sensuous form and gentle flowing surface, aims to ignite our primal fascination with illumination. The subtle curvature of the shade seemingly prevents the light from extending beyond its physical perimeter, containing the light from the single bulb in a gentle, nestling embrace. The soft white inner surface acts as a projection screen for the bulbs emitted light creating a nuanced focal point within the space it inhabits. The nestleShade’s asymmetrical triangular form, combined with a simple light source, creates a soft source of illumination that encourages curiosity, comfort and intrigue. The shade is derived organically in contrast to our harsh, angular built environments aiding in the humanistic allure of the sculptural piece.
In its materiality, the nestleShade speaks to the power of contradiction, as the seemingly weightless form becomes a conversation between the solidity of concrete and the lightness and fluidity of form; while its textural qualities draw the viewer in for closer inspection. The thin, delicate edge seems to negate the preconceived understanding of concrete, yet still maintains a suggestion of strength. The uncontrolled aspects of material and process create a unique piece, unable to be replicated. The shallow voids on the inside surface of the shade speak to the process, adding depth to the reflected light and an interest in the irregularity. The hand-formed and finished surface maintains the uniqueness of the piece and supports its raw, natural appeal.
Custom brass hardware and bronze cables suspend the nestleShade. The small brass bolts are easily detached from the concrete embedded nuts to aid in the ease of shipment. The intricate metal hardware adds warmth to the piece reinforcing its delicate, yet durable aesthetic. A variety of custom orientations are made possible by manipulating the bronze cables, which terminate at the ceiling into an adjustable plunger, allowing for a personalized connection with the piece to suit the needs of the user.
Price available upon request
“[n]o more is it a question of speaking of space and light; the question is to make space and light, which are there, speak to us.”
concrete table NO. 2
48 in x 18 in x 8 in
The quiet, gentle form of concrete table no.2 was inspired by the prairie context.
The concrete table in its austere aesthetic speaks to simplicity and strength. Likened to Winnipeg in its Urban Context the small table encourages a closer look. It is through intimacy with the piece that one starts to recognize the intentional curves in the form, as well as the whisper of technology on the underside, speaking to the history of involvement of maker, the human and machine, with the piece.
Winnipeg, as a city, requests a closer examination to allow for a revelation of all its hidden riches. As one begins to engage haptically with the city, its history is not only revealed but valued for its beauty and diversity.
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...rising and falling in gentle undulations, as if an enchanter had struck the ocean swell, and it was at rest forever...
- Eliza Steele, Summer Journey in the West (1840)
GFRC concrete, copper plated steel, solid copper
The ubiquitous snowdrift of the prairie landscape; of the frozen river; of the windy crossroads of Portage and Main. This form speaks to the subtlety of the prairies and whispers the pure simple beauty uncovered through a second glance. The snowdrift creates a series of contour lines that can be traced by the eye. Each of its linear gestures unique in its expression.
This multi-fixture statement piece takes form as a trio of drifts, each a different size. The easily adjustable forms can be tilted and reconfigured to suit the needs and preferences of its users. Intended to be sculptural in form, a light from above, much like the sun shining on the drift, highlights the gently undulating form and celebrates the shadows created through the subtle curvatures.
Price available upon request
“to compress in a bend, fold”
Solid copper, copper plated steel, tyndall stone
12 in diameter
Tyndall stone is a ubiquitous prairie material featured in both its rural and urban landscapes. The unique appearance of this dolomitic limestone is due to a crystallization process that physically exposes itself as a subtle sawn colored mottling. The organic simplicity of the stone is further complimented in its revelation of ancient marine life captured, compressed and folded within the crystalized pattern.
The ang[u]ere pendant light is designed to emphasize the distinctive crystallization which defines tyndall stone. The light is angled in order to expose the tyndall stone to the viewer, as the light source gently illuminates the beautiful patterning. Using digital processes, the stone is cut in a circular form and fit onto the luminaire’s copper plated housing, the warm metal complimenting the softness of the stone. The piece is fit with a simple LED vanity bulb.
In an intent to increase the user’s appreciation of natural processes, the ang[u]ere light creates a discussion around purity of form, color and material.
Price available upon request
Çay [chaay] Stool
Solid ash and maple
12 in x 12 in x 13.5 in
As a symbol of rich social culture, the squat four-legged stools that line the streets of Istanbul accommodate the simple act of pause within the busyness of the everyday. These stools are found around nearly every corner of the dense urban environment. Their simplicity speaks to utility, function, and collective interaction. The scale of the stool allows for comfortable use by individuals of all ages adding to its integrity as a universal urban fixture.
The Çay [chaay] stool, made of solid ash and maple is both dimensionally and functionally based on the Turkish tea stool while considering contemporary process and design. The base made of round wooden dowels intentionally allows for comfort and ease in lifting, shifting and moving the stool to allow for informal gathering as well as easy stacking and storage. The curves of the CNC milled seat are based on the curves created by the diagonal cross weave pattern commonly used in the construction of the tea stool. Its solid yet soft appearance encourages casual daily use