To stay passionate about design involves keeping a healthy interest in different aspects of the industry. Some people enjoy the latest colours. Some seek out the newest trends of shape and form. I have always enjoyed materials.
Having an interest in materials is the slowest of most interests in the design fields. In order to understand a material well, a lot of time must be spent with it. Due to the hands on nature of learning about materials I have spent a lot longer on certain materials than I would have otherwise. This is largely due to certain materials having properties that are deep and always seem to be giving surprises.
I would appreciate someone if they were able to pick out a new material, design something, then move on. Perhaps they are not in the interest of the material itself, but in the results that it will help them to achieve.
Jade was a material that I came upon while looking for a high quality stone to work with. I also want to be able to work with local materials as much as possible. And jade sits in great abundance right here in Canada. 80% of the world’s jade currently comes from British Columbia. So it mattered to me to be able to not only produce furniture out of one of the world’s most precious stones, but also to raise the profile of Canadian design and manufacturing.
All parts of the furniture are produced right here in the Vancouver area.