Right to repair

Preventing waste is a responsibility To be a designer is to be very lucky. It’s our job to dream and to turn these dreams into reality. What...

Handle with care

Both tool and furniture touchpoints are key Handle: derived from the word hand. As a verb, it means: to feel or manipulate with the hands....

Oblivious: Designers must see the trees for the forest

I really like maple trees, but the tree that I’m the most familiar with is actually the most common tree in Canada, the Populus...

Balance, for now

It was harder than I had anticipated. But that’s because I didn’t think it through. I wanted to visit a furniture factory in Cambodia, and...

Mindful museums

Where manual and fine art meet By Paul Epp I go to a lot of museums. I see it as professional development. I’m kind of in that...

Canadian copies

I hate being embarrassed. Most of us do. Our dislike of that self-conscious sting is part of what keeps us behaving in a socially acceptable way and that’s a good...

Pursuit of perfection

I was recently helping another designer with a project — a kind of DIY project — and in this case I was playing the...

Order or chaos?

There is a lot to be known when one sets out to design products. Probably too much. The complexities of production have multiplied with...

Three boards

There are some lovely little boats on the upper Mekong River. They are made with only three boards. The one in the centre is basically...

Design earns its due

It wasn’t that long ago that the word design was primarily used to describe a state of scheming, usually nefariously, for the purpose of...