News from the Studio


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

Skateboards for Scouts

I just helped a Scouts troop make 17 custom skateboards. Here's how it happened...

(Yet More) Number 7's

I just finished a set of Number 7's with ebonized oak frames (a first for this product), and took some time to take some natural light photos. I mixed and matched an ebonized frame, a natural oak frame, and a few different seat colours. I love how the personality of the chair changes with each combination.

New Number 7s

I recently shipped off a set of Number 7 armchairs. These were in dark walnut with veneered seat shells, so I took a few photos of one of the chairs with a variety of seat cushions to show off some of the possibilities.
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Christopher Solar Design
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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