Douglas Coupland’s novel «Generation X» influenced me as a designer even before studying architecture. Not surprising really, he trained as a designer, and accidentally began as a writer, when postcards that he sent to a friend were seen by a magazine publisher.
“Hockey night in Canada” is reminiscent of hockey puck, and the kind of graphic design used for for the television show “Hockey Night in Canada”, a show that Coupland probably grew up with. The stand reminds me of a television tower, a very fifties or sixties look. This table’s roots are in Vancouver which is contemporary with a certain outdoorsieness, a play on archery and fifties pop culture.
The die cut laminates for the tabletop were expensive to manufacture, so it’s production was discontinued although I believe that there is interest in producing it again. As it’s no longer produced it’s probably greatly desired amongst the target fetished, Lambretta driving, original Fred Perry wearing Mods, or have they all become hipsters?
The admirable exercise of designing a complex piece of furniture from one continuous element, has been mastered by Kino Guérin.
I came across this guy’s work, and the last post, thanks to Guido Van Den Elshout the prolific creator of The Chair Blog. I must warn you design junkies that this Chair Blog is highly addictive.
This engine comes from a US Army Boeing-Stearman PT-13 and was acquired from the Canadian Museum of Flight, Langley, British Columbia and can now be found at the Decoratum gallery in London for just under £20,000. I’m sure the glass table-top has greatly increased it’s value. After the second World War bits of the engine were kept as souvenirs before they were reassembled as an engine for the museum. This object seems quite sensitive to l’air du temps and perhaps if we knew the next part of this table’s life we would have an idea of the way in which the world is moving.
The above photo is of a coffee table by Peter Pierobon a Canadian Sculptor who also creates furniture and beautiful jewelery boxes. He draws a landscape type quality out of materials, by the juxtapositions of forms and textures of the different elements.
Below is dining table is called Mountain table, made of cherry wood and slate it measures 75cm high and 220 by 85cm. Now, I’ll just try and figure out how to customise a table-cloth, will it drop down like snow on the mountain and plains? Or pool like a lake around an island?