Last weekend, after 4+ decades of admiring this beautiful mountain from a distance, we finally did the summit hike. Took advantage of the longest day of the year by having the shortest sleep of the year, out of our bivies at 2:00 am, geared up and tromping up the Coleman glacier by 3:00 am under a canopy of stars. The conditions were excellent, and 7:00 am found us with the sun in our faces and the summit proper a short distance away across the dome. The whole trip was spectacular from start to finish, still buzzing from the beauty and scale of the place.
Well into a beautiful Vancouver summer, it has already been a month since Propellor took part in a gorgeous exhibit of Vancouver art, furniture and lighting design called ADDRESS. ADDRESS was (and will be again next year) a design show that is part pop-up shop, part gallery and part showroom. Curated and produced by the talented furniture designer/maker Kate Duncan, ADDRESS brought together 16 Vancouver-based designers, each with a unique voice and approach to their medium. The common denominator amongst all of the work is a real passion for natural materials; wood, porcelain, linen, steel, stone… and an undeniable dedication to craft and detail.
ADDRESS and the Waterfall Gallery were a great venue for Propellor to show a number of new lighting designs along with some of our greatest hits. Among the new pieces that we showed were the Ono light, our Ono Steel pendant light in two sizes and our Adanac chandelier made from ash. We also used ash wood and brass fittings to create a blonde version of our Myco light sculpture. And, of course we took the opportunity to make another edition of our Range sculptures.
Thanks to Kate Duncan for including us in this fine show. It was a great opportunity to see our work hang alongside the inspired makings of a great group of Vancouver creatives. Check ADDRESS out on instagram for a closer look.
The last coat of oil and beeswax finish has cured and so today we are shipping out this custom designed desk that we've named Pia, after it's new owner. The reclaimed douglas fir that it's made from comes from number of sources. The main body of the desk is made from beautiful tight grained fir salvaged from the shelves of an old bookstore. The drawer fronts are fir as well, bearing layers of paint and patina from their previous life as ship-lap siding (we've been warehousing this wood for a few years waiting for the right commission to use it).
Spring is early and ridiculously vibrant in Vancouver this year. The colour outside the studio window is a super intense. Daydreaming about how to use this yellow in our work.
Dwell recently published an interview with photographer Richard Johnson who has travelled across Canada since 2007 documenting scores of home-made ice-fishing huts. They structures make me smile - humble, functional, bursting with idiosyncratic architectural personality (and, no doubt, brewskis).
We have been super engaged over the past weeks making an edition of our Range sculpture. These photos are of the pieces in process. Images of completed Ranges coming soon.
Some selected details from the Gordon Smith exhibit at the Equinox Gallery. This prolific artist, who had his 95th birthday this June, mounts an exhibition of new work every year. Humbling.
Late summer backpacking in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Time for new business cards, so it was off for a visit with David Clifford at Black Stone Press. While there, he let us geek out on all the beautiful presses (one dating back to 1846!) we also got a peek at some of the drawers full of vintage letter blocks. So beautiful.
It’s the last weekend to catch Doug Coupland’s tour de force at the Vancouver Art Gallery. While I was looking at this fantastic sculpture, the 6 year old boy beside me informed his Grandma that Doug had “built the whole thing without instructions!”
We love the challenge of creating on a large scale, so we were pleased to have a three storey space in this gorgeous Calgary penthouse to build a large grouping of Meridian lights for. 12 Meridians in black walnut and black walnut with gold leafed interiors cascade the length of the space.
Thanks to the good folks at BBA Design Consultants for bringing this project our way and for being so great to collaborate with.
The pictures are in thanks to photographer Krista Jahnke.
Here are a few shots of our Myco 92 x 64 hanging in it’s new home. This was a fun project. We worked closely with a great client to design this custom Myco light sculpture for their dining room.
It’s a pleasure to see our work hanging in this beautiful Michael Green designed home.
In the spaces between deadlines this month, we have been having some fun and productive sessions modelling new ideas. Today was all about paper, tape and geometry.
It was packaging day today at Propellor as we put this custom Myco light securely in it’s crate for the short trip across the Second Narrows to North Vancouver.
Looking forward to seeing this Myco in it’s new home in the coming weeks - photos to follow.
Though we seem to go straight to the computer these days to sketch out new design ideas, at some point in the process details get hashed out in chalk on one of the big blackboards that hang in our shop. I like how loose and messy these analogue drawings are.