Author Archives: Renee

MEET OUR (LOCAL) MAKERS: Bespoke furniture maker, Jason Klager is inspired by the simplicity of Japanese design

by Laura Goldstein Jason Klager has never visited Japan but it’s on his bucket list. The custom fine furniture and cabinet maker creates subtly elegant streamlined pieces in beautiful contrasting wood grains. Many designs have a distinct Asian influence: pierced … Continue reading

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MEET OUR (LOCAL) MAKERS: With an eye for contemporary graphics, Iván Meade’s Mexican heritage is at the heart of his prolific product designs

By Laura Goldstein “I remember playing with marbles on my grandparents’ tiled floor when I was a little boy in San Luis Potosi, a beautiful colonial silver mining town north of Mexico City,” reminisces textile designer, Iván Meade by phone … Continue reading

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Former BMX Freestyle World Champion, JAY MIRON Flips Over His Work As Bespoke Furniture Maker

By Laura Goldstein It may seem like a surprising dichotomy of interests, but Vancouver’s former Freestyle BMX World Champion (9 medals) explains that his métier designing and making furniture shares similar attributes to playing a professional sport. “You know, they … Continue reading

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MEET OUR (LOCAL) MAKERS: Nature inspires the “Fraternity of Antler, Beak and Claw” for ceramicist, Russell Hackney

By Laura Goldstein If you grew up loving Beatrix Potter’s watercolour illustrations, reading The Chronicles of Narnia or the beloved owls in Harry Potter books and films, Russell Hackney Ceramics will evoke the same joy in nature’s simplicity. A third- … Continue reading

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MEET OUR (LOCAL) MAKERS: Indigenous weaver, Jessica Silvey, captures the spirit of the forest in her cedar baskets, wall hangings and mats

by Laura Goldstein A childhood spent with her paternal grandmother fishing, gardening and harvesting cedar roots had a profound impact on fibre artist, Jessica Silvey. Those memories imbued in her a passion for traditional weaving techniques and patterns and a … Continue reading

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MEET OUR (LOCAL) MAKERS: Ceramicist, Anyuta Gusakova expresses joy through clay

by Laura Goldstein With a delightfully naïve style evocative of childhood, ceramicist and multi-media artist, Anyuta Gusakova’s decorative porcelain collections reflect her playful nature and love of multi-cultural myth and folk art.  Her hand-made, small production pieces from Anyuta Studio, … Continue reading

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Zanat.org woodcarving technique is inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List

NEWS FROM ZANAT Woodcarving technique practiced by Zanat inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List Grandfather Adem at Belgrade Furniture Fair, 1936, (courtesy of Zanat and the Niksic family) Wednesday, December 6, 2017 was a historic day for … Continue reading

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MEET OUR (LOCAL) MAKERS: From filmmaker to textile designer, Stephanie Symns brings a painterly eye to her craft

By Laura Goldstein Imaginative, playful, and a passion for hand-made craft with enduring design describes each of our local artisans, whose unique, small production pieces can be found in the Pop-Up Shop at SwitzerCultCreative and online at Oden Gallery. Their labours … Continue reading

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Celebrated Spanish Designer, Jaime Hayon Wows at SwitzerCultCreative Booth & Presentation at IDS-Vancouver

By Laura Goldstein If Jaime Hayon’s day job doesn’t work out, he can always be a stand-up comedian. The charismatic Spanish artist and designer whose international accolades include Time Magazine and Wallpaper naming him in their 100 most relevant and … Continue reading

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Art By Design: Furniture & Lighting by Israeli Makers Are Both Sculptural & Functional

By Laura Goldstein When Hagit Pincovici was a little girl in her grandparents’ atelier in Tel Aviv, she remembers the exhilaration of playing with and running between colourful sheets of plexiglass that would eventually be molded into trays, frames and … Continue reading

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