The Method Behind: Shawn Place of Shawn Place Designs
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When I first spotted the SP210 rocking chair by Shawn I was totally immersed in the smooth sculpted intersection on this amazing piece of art. I had to dig a little deeper and laid eyes on his SP310 easy chair (prototype), there is some serious vision and craftsmanship in Shawn’s work. So without further adieu, [...]
When I first spotted the SP210 rocking chair by Shawn I was totally immersed in the smooth sculpted intersection on this amazing piece of art. I had to dig a little deeper and laid eyes on his SP310 easy chair (prototype), there is some serious vision and craftsmanship in Shawn’s work. So without further adieu, Everybody meet Shawn, Shawn meet Everybody. Make the jump to see these amazing pieces.
Q: Who is?
Shawn Place Designs is a furniture design/build company in northern British Columbia Canada. I design and build every piece.
Q: What is your background?
I grew up in southern Ontario with my butt glued to a bicycle seat. I spent my early years as a carpenter than moved into designing and building bicycle components under the name Strange Cycles. On a trip to Vancouver I discovered INFORM Interiors where I saw my first pieces of Danish modern furniture. It was the first time I’d seen anything like that, modern forms combined with traditional craftsmanship…I was hooked. I started sketching furniture instead of bicycle brakes. A couple of years later, INFORM Interiors became my first dealer. All my skills are self taught, I’m a bit addicted to learning new things. Every new piece of furniture I’ve designed so far seems to incorporate a new craft (like the caned seat/ back) or a new skill set to be able complete the piece.
Q: What inspires/drives you?
I’m inspired by human creativity. When I see something that is beautifully done, great form, perfect execution etc., it makes me want to do my best and add to the dialogue.
Q: What is your preferred material or style to work with?
I mainly work in wood. I do combine other materials such as cane, leather etc. but usually most of the main structure is usually wood. It’s a nice change from the aluminum I used in the bicycle industry. There is nothing better than the first pass of a piece of rough lumber over the jointer and the board’s grain is revealed for the very first time.
Q: What trends are you seeing in furniture design, good or bad
Now that I’ve released my Owl chair I’m really noticing a resurgence of spindle backed chairs, so much for being original! Thankfully green-washing seems to be dying down a bit, if you want to build something green, build it out of wood and construct it to last a lifetime…nothing is more green than quality.
Q: My favorite______is________
My favorite invention is the bicycle