News from the Studio


Space at last! I recently and at long last took possession of a big new/old studio space.  
18 September 2015

A Custom Collection

A few weeks ago I was delivering a large Mosaic Mirror to a new client here in Ottawa, and the topic of custom work came up. Before long, I was developing designs for a pair of sideboards, a coffee table, and a bench. This was a great commission, not just because of the size but because it let me try out some ideas that have been bouncing around my head for some time now.
17 June 2015

Plantation Redux in Fine Woodworking

I just received some advance copies of Fine Woodworking's August 2015 issue, and I'm happy to see a 4-page spread of my work.


A quick update: I'm now using Instagram, so if that's your thing you can follow me at solarfurniture. I've actually had the account for a while but was not using it, mostly due to social media fatigue (another whole platform; do I have to?). Instagram is undeniably popular in the design community though, and it has a unique personality compared to other platforms. Not as overbearing as Facebook, more visual and conversational than Twitter. So: here we go!

IDS15 Wrap-Up

I'm just back from 5 days in Toronto at the Interior Design Show. This year I was showing the new 7X slipper chair, the Mosaic mirrors, and a collection of Times tables. Going to a show like this can be pretty nerve-wracking, especially since I'm generally bringing new work, and because I'm coming from the relative isolation of Ottawa. I'm happy to have gotten a really good response from the public, pretty much right from the moment the doors opened. There were a lot of people through the show on the weekend, and a lot of people who appreciate good design,…
27 January 2015

New Chair: the 7X

I've just added a new member to my family of chair designs: the 7X.

The Bends

Fresh out of the (proverbial) oven: a multitude of free-form bent panels. No, not furniture, but maybe someday!
19 December 2014

Profile in Ottawa Citizen Style

I'm the subject of a 2-page profile in the Fall 2014 edition of the Ottawa Citizen's Style magazine. It went out in the Citizen this week and I think it's also on newsstands. Thank you to Anita Murray for setting this up and for turning my ramblings into a coherent article!  
29 October 2014

Feature in CityHome Magazine

Ottawa Magazine has a new publication called CityHome: "The Ottawa design lover's guide to everything". The first issue (well, I think it's the first issue) is on newsstands now, and has profiles of me plus a few of my colleagues in the Ottawa design community. Check it out!  
14 October 2014

New product: Mosaic Mirror

I've been working on a new design for the last couple of months and finally have a couple of samples to photograph. This is a circular mirror with a frame made of hundreds (thousands? I haven't counted) of short wood strips, molded into a ring with tinted epoxy.
30 September 2014
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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