Vancouver’s Straight Line Designs By Judson Beaumont

Amidst a serious world of designers, who most often create serious furniture, Vancouver's Judson Beaumont uses every bit of his expertise to create pieces that’ll get a chuckle out of you.





Satirically named Straight Line Designs, his work tends to be anything but that.





In all seriousness, it’s nice to see a professional craftsman that doesn’t take himself too seriously!

While his repertoire is certainly not limited to his whimsical creations, this series of pieces leave quite the impressionable impact – myself included. It’s not very often that I’m genuinely torn on which pieces to feature.

Take ‘Cracked’ for instance – a wooden vertical cabinet, that features a slight twist – but perhaps, "twist" isn’t exactly the right word.





The piece is made to appear to be, as the name suggests, cracked, creating two smaller individual drawers rather than one per level. The piece is also rather cartoonish in its concaved curvature, as if the impact of the crack had compressed it.

But even in such a wonky, amusing form, I can’t help but be in awe at the craftsmanship.

In truth, woodworking is naturally geared towards rigid 90-degree corners and boxes. From the way machines cut to the structure of wood grain itself, organic curves and bends seem counter-intuitive from a structural perspective - and as such, these results take methodical planning, care, and special effort, especially if the work is to be this pristine.

Straight Line Design is also rather proficient in making grandfather clocks, and this has to be the best one that I’ve ever come across.





Made of stained western maple & veneer, this adorable "old fella" appears to be seated on a bench, checking the time on his ‘wrist watch’!





This model has two variants, both of which are characterized by a hilariously human stance, and two wooden arms protruding from the ‘body’.





"When people see the work, typically there is a big smile, then a few laughs along the way as they realize that the piece is fully functioning," Beaumont remarked.

Beaumont’s pieces look like they’re straight out of a Walt Disney film. And while the process to achieve such a look can be costly, to the designer the happiness it brings to his clients is priceless!

To learn more about Beaumont's designs, visit Straight Line Designs

Photography courtesy of Straight Line Designs.


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Researched and Written by Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman, Undergraduate Environmental Design, OCAD University

Posted In: British Columbia

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