Allan Collier
two chairs from Allan's collection

Allan Collier

As a freelance curator and furniture designer I maintain the West Coast Design Collection consisting of postwar Canadian design artifacts (1945 – 80).

The collection documents the rapid development of design in Canada after WW2, a period characterized by artistic innovation, unprecedented demands for household goods, availability of new materials and technologies, general interest in modern design principles, and government support of indigenous Canadian design talent.

Many of the pieces in the collection have been included in many exhibitions on Canadian design organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery (1988 and 2004), the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1992), and the Charles Scott Gallery (1995), and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2011).

The Collection has two main areas of concentration:

The Collection is backed by an extensive design and architecture library which also includes postwar editions of journals like Western Homes and Living, Canadian Homes and Gardens, the RIAC Journal, Canadian Art, Canadian Architect and Ceramics monthly.

Allan Collier
1199 Palmer Road
Victoria, BC
V8P 2H5
Telephone 250.383.2112