about

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Simon Ford

is a Toronto-based designer/maker who has recently finished up his studies in furniture design at Sheridan College.  He began his venture into furniture design as an assistant in Heidi Earnshaw’s studio.  He has now launched a studio of his own where he continues to make small-batch production pieces, offer design services and take on commissioned work both on his own and collaboratively with other local designers.

Prior to this venture, Simon received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and has worked for multiple firms on a wide range of high-end landscape projects in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, South America, Northern Africa and the Middle East.  His experiences as a landscape architect inform his current work in furniture design, bringing an eye for bold concepts that are visually apparent, a thorough understanding of the design process, and an awareness for design details that are appreciated by the end users of his products.

Simon was the 2012 recipient of the Nienkamper Scholarship and the 2013 recipient of the IBM Award and William & Mary Corcoran Craft Award.  He has recently shown his furniture as part of Toronto’s 2013 Design Week in the Prototype exhibition at the Interior Design Show (IDS), and the Do Design and In Limbo exhibitions as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.  This past spring he participated in two Sheridan College shows, This Could Work, hosted at the OCC Gallery and the Graduate Exhibition, where he took home Best in Show with Lauren Reed for their collaboration on the Cloud Table.

 

Our handcrafted pieces are driven by function.  We seek to achieve a contemporary and unobtrusive minimalism that provides an honesty of materiality and highlights the beauty of traditional joinery and woodworking techniques. Our approach to woodworking strives to create quality objects that are enduring and environmentally and socially responsible in their manufacture.