Earlier this year, the 2015 Interior Design Show in Toronto marked the launch of Quake‘s inaugural furniture collection: a blend of nature inspired elements, art and exquisite craftsmanship. What makes the collection so unique is that beyond the sculptural qualities of the designs, they all reveal a story behind them.
Designer Lisa Turner has developed the collection as a synthesis of industrial design and sculpture that draws upon the materials of the Pacific Northwest. Each piece blends beautifully the natural inspiration with contemporary aesthetics and attention to details.
My goal with Quake is to sculpt the natural elements of the Coast into modern yet timeless pieces that bring a new aesthetic to custom furniture.
– Lisa Turner
The collection introduces four statement pieces, each with their own unique story. The Quake Table features a delicate laser-cut metal-frame inspired by drawings of bark patterns. The marble or wood table top translates into a beautiful relationship between nature and technology.
For me the Quake table represents what I’m striving for with this collection. Its inspiration came from the bark of a tree, yet its fabrication is state of the art. For me the interaction between wood, marble and metal enhances the relationship between the organic and the industrial.
– Lisa Turner
Turner’s inspiration from nature takes us further to the design of the Locarno table, whose marble top was cut to reflect stones that move and resettle every time the tide passes. The filigree marble top rests delicately on thin steel legs, channeling the best of the mid-century design masters. The piece was named as an homage to Vancouver’s Locarno Beach, named after the Swiss town noted for the 1925 Peace Treaty.
Our favourite piece from the collection, the Juan de Fuca table, is designed as two separate components that appear as one to reflect the misconseption of the earth’s stable surface. The story for the design goes back to 2011, when Christchurch in New Zealand suffered a devastating earthquake that lead Lisa Turner questioning the stability of Vancouver’s urban structure. The table carries the name of the fault line that runs parallel to the B.C and Washington coast. Only six limited edition tables were built, all signed by Lisa Turner herself and Azad Kaviani.
Jericho, the last table of the collection, is a cube that features the signature nature-inspired laser-cut base. The design plays on the contrast between the structured man-made shape and the random stones pattern ‘reflecting the spontaneity and unbound force of our environment’.
Each table design reveals a unique story, and yet they all seem to complement each other to reveal a deeper connection to nature.
*All images and information courtesy of Quake.