#052 / 2004

review by Selene Yuen of Selenium Creative

Students exhibit talent

"Think New Shapes, Think New Materials" was the theme of a student exhibition at the 2004 Toronto Interior Design Show. The works by graduates of nine design departments/schools across Canada showed a wide range of innovative designs in materials as diverse as thermoplastic, steel, felt, MDF, micro-plywood and fabric. Selene Yuen has selected a small, virtual exhibit of the designs on display at the show, which ran February 12-15 at the International Centre.


Kari Madsen

University of Manitoba
Dept. of Architecture

Madsen's mobile storage unit can be configured to provide a combination of storage and seating solutions. It is fabricated from a laminated curved component (sourced from a local furniture manufacturer), wheatboard, metal rods and two industrial casters.

William Lau
and Michael Steel

Ryerson University
School of Interior Design

Lau and Steel showed a number of ideas constructed from industrial felt and threaded steel rods. There is space to show only one function of "Feltlab" - as an ottoman, which can be used for storage or flipped through 90 degrees to provide a back rest.

Floris van den Broecke

Graduated 1976

With his background in engineering, Cho used a range of synthetic materials and CNC machining to prototype his chair. The design swivels and lights up when in use.

Michael Higgins

Kootenay School of Arts
Wood Products Design

Higgins constructed this deceptively simple table, which he described as "the difficult art of the simple," using four layers of 1/4" formed plywood. Each layer is routed in an "H" pattern that allows the "legs" and top frame to be constructed with no waste. A sheet of tempered glass provides the table suface.

Adam Looker

Carleton University
Dept. of Industrial Design

Looker's "Spunge" is constructed from high density polyurethane foam with a polycarbonate or structural foam frame. As shown it is an upright "dining" chair or tipped on its back becomes a more relaxed "lounging" chair.

Sarah Hay

Carleton University
Dept. of Industrial Design

Hay's "Tooby" of soft tubular cushions upholstered in fleece was inspired by Jacob's ladder and woven bamboo placemats. The permutation of uses are endless, from laid out on the floor as a bed to piled and stacked as shown to create a unique seat.

*Selene Yuen (left) and her partner John Saunders are principals in Selenium Creative, Toronto. While Yuen and Saunders work closely to bring new product to fruition, Saunders oversees the building and production while Yuen coordinates the sales and marketing of the company.

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