“As a handmade object his chair demonstrates breathtaking technical skill. Its form is sculpturally conceived—a masterful example of fine craft and design.”- Jury for the 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Art Award
Welcome to our world of hand crafted modern studio furniture. As masters of craft working in our old-style workshop, we present our simple furniture as an art form. Our aesthetic has emerged from 17 years of working with wood. We are self-taught makers and designers, schooled in experience more than theory.
As slightly old-fashioned designers, we rely on drafting with paper, pencil and a T-square rather than a computer. We also model in clay to make refinements to a design in three dimensions. After settling on a form, we make a 1:4 scale model to guide our making.
We were makers before we became designers. In this too, we are slightly old-school. A maker, through use, understands joinery, wood movement, adhesives and finishes. The maker has gazed upon numerous pieces he or she has produced. As a result, they develop an instinct for what works and what doesn’t. The authentic maker also has a deep love for the materials they work with.
As you look at some of our favourite designs here, you will note various historic influences distilled in single pieces. The result is furniture that appeals to a broad audience and is at home in a wide spectrum of settings.
About our logo
Ø is a stylised form of the Greek symbol, “Phi”. Also known as the Golden Ratio or the Divine Proportion, this ratio occurs repeatedly in the created, natural world. It is a ratio we utilise as much as possible in our designs.
Ø is also a rendering of the architectural symbol for diameter. Deciding the correct diameter of components in a design is a delicate balance of engineering and beauty.
Finally, Ø is a nod to the Scandinavian design influence in the first letter of our last name.