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furniture designer + maker

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biography Brendon Taylor was born in Toronto in 1985 but spent much of his childhood in Sault Ste. Marie. He studied civil engineering at Queen’s University and worked as a structural designer in Toronto, primarily on large institutional buildings. Brendon switched his focus to furniture design to build at a more human scale. He began attending the Furniture Craft and Design Program at Sheridan College in 2011. Brendon creates functional furniture. His experience in the engineering industry influences the rational forms and durable materials found in his work. Most of his objects are constructed of solid wood although he occasionally incorporates metals, textiles and concrete. Brendon designs and builds both commissioned and speculative furniture pieces. His work has been exhibited in 2013 and 2014 at the Toronto Design Week Offsite festival, most recently in Dossier, an exhibition by Sheridan Furniture Craft and Design students. In 2012, Brendon was awarded a Furniture Society Powermatic Scholarship to attend a 2 week metalworking workshop at Anderson Ranch in Colorado. He has also received the Stephen Harris Award for excellence and the Neinkamper Scholarship from the Sheridan College furniture studio. Brendon is currently involved in a collaborative project with schools in Finland, China and Sweden to design a new furniture collection for the Finnish manufacturer Nikari.

statement I make furniture because I find the intellectual, physical and emotional challenges extremely satisfying. The dreaming, doubting, planning, measuring, sweating, admiring, cursing, and overcoming is therapeutic. There is an immediacy in seeing my design decisions manifested in physical reality. I am inspired by a wealth of contemporary industrial designers. The best industrial designers thrive within the economic constraints that force them to reduce their concepts to their most essential form. I share that same goal in my design practice. Archetypical forms with thoughtful details are executed by whatever method is most effective. I don’t romanticize traditional hand techniques or revere the promises of new technology. I try to view the spectrum of production with an open and objective mind to use the most appropriate techniques. Materials are chosen in the same way, with an eye for what is most versatile, durable and appropriate for each piece. My recent work has been built around careful consideration of the interaction between user and object. I consider the user’s visual, tactile and emotional experience in each detail. The most successful details are so subtle that they vanish and appear depending on the light, or they are only noticed after hours of use. Those are the details that elevate all three aspects of the experience.

Fuller coffee table White oak, Corian 2013 The Fuller was conceived as a commision for a narrow Victorian duplex in Toronto. It began with a more industrial feel, executed in black walnut and cast concrete. This iteration has been lightened (literally and visually) by using white oak and linen coloured Corian.

Spring dining table White ash, European white ash, stainless steel 2013 The Spring dining table incorporates a simple extension mechanism within the surface of the table. Leaves a concealed below and extend the length of the table from 60� to 84� to seat up to 8 people. The minimal structure pairs well with a variety of modern chairs.

Roxton rocker White oak 2013 The Roxton updates the archetypal wooden rocking chair without sacrificing comfort. Angular facets match the sitter’s body to increase comfort. No additional ornament is required as the facets also define the chair’s visual language.

curriculum vitae group exhibitions 2014

Dossier, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto ON


Come Up To My Room, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto ON

2013 Seat, Design Republic, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto ON 2013

Shed, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto ON


Do West, Ella’s Uncle + various locations, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto ON

awards 2013 Neinkamper Scholarship, Sheridan College Institute of Technology 2012 Stephen Harris Award, Sheridan College Institute of Technology 2012 Furniture Society Powermatic Workshop Scholarship, The Furniture Society

education 2011-present

Sheridan College Institute of Technology, Advanced Diploma Craft & Design - furniture major (pending graduation in April 2014)


Queen’s University, Bachelor of Applied Science Civil Engineering - structural

workshops 2012

Metal Furniture with Vivian Beer, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass CO


BYOC Upholstery, Plush & Plump Upholstery, Toronto ON

2011 Danish Cord Double Basket Weaving, Edge of Your Seat, Toronto ON

memberships 2011-present

Furniture Society, student member


Ontario Craft Council, student member

selected private commissions 2013

untitled double bench, Trinity College School Biannual Art Auction, Toronto ON


Built-in bookshelf, portal and custom sliding door, Taylor family, Bancroft ON


Eaton desk, Gorsline family, Toronto ON


Fuller coffee table, Lattimmer

family, Toronto ON

2012 Pedestal table, Project One Million Charity Auction, Cobourg ON 2012

Long Lake dining table, Hartley family, Sudbury ON

2012 Lloyd dining table and benches, Taylor family, Bancroft ON 2012

Roger barstools, Taylor family, Ottawa ON

Brendon Taylor digital portfolio spring 2014  

A small collection of pieces completed in the winter of 2013-2014 by Canadian furniture maker Brendon Taylor.