ADDRESS Interview with Fabulous Furnishings.

Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. Makers of high quality custom furniture all handcrafted in our North Vancouver shop servicing residential clients and designers seeking something uniquely fabulous and sustainably made. We are also just passionate about creating anything from fabric so window treatments, re-upholstery and even blinds are within the scope of what we love to do.

Describe your creative process. Because we are a custom shop the creative process is almost always collaboration between us and the client or designer. Every project comes with a different process tailored to the scope of the project depending on how clear of a picture is formulated at the start. Custom design means listening to gather insight in order to propose a draft that fulfils the desires and requirements of project and allows our client to be able to visualize the design which they approached us with in its conceptual stages. Often custom projects begin as hand drawn sketches or image references, plans get drafted and refined to the correct proportions before being approved for production.  Detailed work orders are drawn up as the project moves from my hands into the hands of our skillful team of carpenters, upholsterers and sewers.

Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? I just need to get my hands dirty as they say! When I am in the shop with the crew physically working on a project, I can see it come to life through the layers and instinctively I’ll know what to do next.  There is nothing better than the freedom to morph and mold a project as you progress with it, often troubleshooting and working through any kinks you encounter gives you the best results.

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Make friends with all the smart people, and ask all the questions. You’d be surprised at how many people want to help you succeed, if you are passionate and ask for the help.

What’s your dream project? For myself and I know for my team too, it is more the dream client rather than the project. We are fortunate enough to work with some pretty amazing people with great energy and trust. Those relationships build along the way breathes passion into the projects for sure.