It's a stereotype we've encountered all too often; Canadians are internationally reputed to be Tim Horton's-drinking, hockey-loving northerners who apologize at the drop of a toque. And while there may be an iota of truth to these stereotypes ... BRB - grabbing a double-double.... one trait that's more deserving of being recognized on a global scale is our ability to design a Damn. Good. Chair.
Let's take a look at 4 Canadian-designed chairs that prove design doesn't take a back seat 'round these parts!
Image courtesy of Knoll.com
Hat Trick Arm Chair
Internationally-renowned Canadian architect Frank Gehry scored big with his crowd-pleasing Hat Trick Arm Chair. Commissioned by furniture manufacturer Knoll in 1990, the bentwood chairs' curved elegance and fluid movement were inspired by the surprising strength of the apple crates he played on as a child.
Image courtesy of Umbra.ca
Umbra Oh! Chair
Designed by Canadian-raised Karim Rashid for Umbra, the Oh! Chair was inspired by a truly terrible experience all patio warriors have encountered, sitting comfortably with a pint when your chair breaks. Rather than crying over spilled milk (or Labatt 50), Rashid designed a comfortable, durable chair that could just as easily call your dining room home as your local beer garden making people everywhere exclaim "Oh god, how did I ever live without this chair?!"
Image courtesy of JonathanOtter.com
Lounge Chair No. 3
If you're looking for straight lines you might want to look elsewhere. Jonathan Otter's stunning handcrafted furniture might be better described as sculpture than seat. Lounge Chair No. 3 took 6 months to take shape, and Otter's hard work (and extreme patience) paid off when the piece won 2016 Niche Award - an international competition celebrating innovation in fine craft.
Image courtesy of Woodshopfogoisland.ca
The Marine Chair from the Fogo Island Shop
If you've picked up a luxury travel magazine in the last few years, you've definitely drooled over the pictures of the largest of the offshore islands of Newfoundland, Fogo Island. This chair is inspired by Fogo Island's fishing industry. The Marine Chair's shape references a punt hull which is a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water. The shop also features small wooden goods, textiles and whimsical furniture meaning no matter what your taste, you'll be hooked.
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Researched and written by Sarah Wright, freelance writer, design enthusiast and avid sitter.