Heart of Gold
Catch the Wave
Calgary studio Mtharu hand-builds its natural steel Jouir coffee table through a rigorous process of shearing, bending, forming, welding and filing. Exacting proportions down to a fraction of a centimetre make for an incredibly durable piece designed to last for generations, with an unexpected detail: Instead of being hidden, the welding seam is accentuated in gold.
Vancouver designer Saleem Khattak began his career as a photographer, and his dimmable Archilume LED pendant is an exercise in light and dark. Available in a number of configurations, the fixture features a cylindrical acrylic diffuser designed to evoke ripples of water and create an ambient glow that is amplified by the gleaming anodized aluminum base.
Beautiful, rugged and affordable: Thatâ€™s the checklist Toronto designer Marco Pecota was using when he designed the simple yet unique Mark 1 chair. The mid-century-modern-inspired shape is made of laser-cut, hot-rolled steel and Baltic birch, which is then hand-finished. The seat can also be custom-made in hardwood, aluminum and stainless steel.
Itâ€™s no surprise that Philip Brown, furniture designer at Toronto studio Pab, has a background in engineering â€“ his attention to detail and proportions is evident in all of his organic-looking, flowing metal pieces. His Soundwave coffee table is made of undulating rings of bent steel with a matte finish, making it seem both airy and rock-solid.
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