It’s refreshing when established designers champion a budding new talent in the industry. Western Canada has long been associated with modern design – often with a soulful approach. Newcomer Christian Woo has caught the eye of Martha Sturdy and been mentored by Brent Comber.FURNITURE DESIGNER/WOODWORKER: Christian Woo
Christian Woo was recently cited as “one to watch” by Western Living magazine judge and acclaimed designer Martha Sturdy. She said,”to achieve perfection, as Christian has, requires perfect design. You cannot hide mistakes.”
The designer’s Covert line of five streamlined low profile end tables, cabinets and sideboards created a stir at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York last spring. The finely crafted pieces are made from sustainably harvested hardwoods finished with hand-rubbed oil.
Christian says he’s influenced by the natural beauty of living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s also a fan of Scandinavian and Japanese design, which comes across in the simplicity and warmth of his work.
I love the way he’s added thin bands of colour to his line – allowing you to customize each piece with a fun modern accent. The hidden drawers and seamless joints are part of the line’s signature look.
Here’s Christian with his dog Indy – a constant companion, on one of his stunning storage benches.
Christian’s appreciation for craftmanship and quality stems from his early experiences in his grandfather’s woodworking shop. In addition to his Covert line, the designer has collaborated with architects, builders and individual clients to select materials and build cabinetry, custom furniture and kitchens.
A custom bed and built-ins for a Bowen Island project.
Closeup of a kitchen in west Vancouver.