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Not your ordinary design store

January 2019 marks our third year since opening the SwitzerCultCreative Showroom.  Reflecting back, I continue to feel the thrill of connecting with designers and craftspeople who create exciting, timeless works, infusing their personality into creating original design. The excitement of … Continue reading

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Craftsmanship & Creative Risk-Taking: A Panel Presented At The 2018 Interior Design Show IDS-Vancouver

By Laura Goldstein What happens when four of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive glass and furniture designers meet to discuss the trials, tribulations and personal success stories in each of their crafts? Lots of fascinating insight, true confessions and laughter, … Continue reading

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MEET OUR (LOCAL) MAKERS: Vancouver glass-blower, Jaan Andres breathes reverence to the passage of time into all his vessels

By Laura Goldstein The “glory hole” furnace is blazing red hot as Jaan Andres extracts his blowpipe and breathes into it ever so softly, almost like he’s playing a musical wind instrument. That’s when the alchemy of glass-blowing begins and … Continue reading

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MEET OUR (LOCAL) MAKERS: Sholto Scruton melds tradition with modernity to create timeless furniture pieces built with respect for the environment

By Laura Goldstein The importance of cultural heritage, sustainability and the responsibility of the designer to contribute to a healthy environment are foremost in Sholto Scruton’s mind when he approaches furniture design. In conjunction with Vancouver Design Week, he’ll be … 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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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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