Being challenged to design outside of your usual style or ‘visual vocabulary’ is a good thing. It doesn’t necessarily feel like it at the time. But it’s easy to get stuck in… what’s easy. Being pushed, be it by a client, a designer, or even just your own urge to do something different requires you to be flexible and open-minded. And this is what keeps things fresh, and allows new ideas and themes to flourish.

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This dining table may be the closest we've come to marryng perfect function with a beautiful, simple form.

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Functionality is extremely important for small spaces. I would know, having lived in mostly tiny abodes. With this coffee table design, we needed something that would allow for easy storage of books and magazines while providing a visually uncluttered surface. It also needed to be light weight in order to be easily moved around. Oh- and the surfaces needed to be durable.

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Every year around this time Joe and I have a sit down to set goals and priorities for the year to come. We make a sort of flow chart-meets-venn diagram and tack it to the office wall. Invariably I look at it throughout the year and see that we're not going to nearly get everything accomplished that we'd wanted to. But you know what they say, set the bar high...

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Sometimes a particular plank of wood makes its way into our shop and takes on a life of its own. Such was the case with this single board of western yew (taxus brevifolia). It was hands-down the nicest example of this native softwood we'd ever seen, showing all the characteristics that make yew so beautiful. Creamy yellow, almost white sapwood that was curvey and bumpy, running in a beautiful ribbon down the edges, pin-knot clusters, mild figure, and perfect colour.

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