The Method Behind: Stephen Lindsay of Urbanproduct
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Some of you may remember the killer “Dune wall tiles” I featured a while ago. Stephen Lindsay is the man behind these amazing tiles but he also has a great portfolio full of some pretty ingenious projects. Q: Who is? Urbanproduct is very much an emerging company, remaining at this stage a one man company, tho capable [...]
Some of you may remember the killer “Dune wall tiles” I featured a while ago. Stephen Lindsay is the man behind these amazing tiles but he also has a great portfolio full of some pretty ingenious projects.
Q: Who is?
Urbanproduct is very much an emerging company, remaining at this stage a one man company, tho capable of the work of many hands. I’m based in the leafy west end of Toronto, Canada and often surprise myself with the amount of work I produce. I specialize in custom, handmade, ‘Industrial Design’. Soon, I hope there will be more than just me… it’s a lot to keep track of!
Q: What is your background?
I’m a Scotsman who graduated in Jewellery and Metalwork at Scotlands’ Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, who then adopted Canada as his home. Apprenticing for a cabinet maker for 5 years taught me all I know in regards to wood work and also aided me in getting permanent residency here. Taking those skills and melding them with my education has led me to create the objects I create today…
Q: What inspires you?
My clients inspire me - their thoughts and then the concepts we come up with together. I try not to pay much attention to current ‘trends’, they are just that - they’re short lived and tire quickly. Otherwise, I’m inspired by absolutely everything else - it’s hard not to continually extract details, textures and forms from everyday life and my surroundings…
Q: What is your preferred material or style to work with?
I find by chance that after a project heavy in wood details and milling, that there’s often a switch to projects involving concrete, or plastic and rubber, and vice versa - maybe it’s the way I drive my schedule and projects but bringing contrasting materials together is what turns me on. My preference is to keep things fresh, take up new challenges in respect to new materials, problem solving and manufacture. That’s what keeps it fun. I’ve also been working a lot recently with reclaimed materials, old hand carved solid trim work, rough salvaged timbers, old enamalled fridge drawers…
Q: What trends do you see happening now and how do you see them changing?
Well, as I mentioned, my blinkers are on [intentionally] for the most part on this one. I think that helps my work stay unique. There’s a great movement back to quality, to solid wood, to well crafted items and to some sort of permanence in our spaces - we’re moving away [hopefully] from the throw away culture that IKEA helped to create.
Q: My favorite______is________
My favorite thing is to create…