Itinker with materials, processes and tools,” explains artist and industrial designer, Steven Haulenbeek, whose ice-cast bronze and resin-bonded sand furniture and sculptural objects are available at The Future Perfect and Carpenters Workshop Gallery or by commission. “I’ve been building a body of work and more importantly, platforms to move that work out into the world,” Haulenbeek explains. “It’s a great feeling when you’re able to figure something out and then birth this thing that somebody else really latches onto and enjoys.”
I don’t like to force an idea; instead I try to let the process drive the design of the work. The ice-cast pieces are a good example. I have no idea what the pieces look like until I pull the wax out of the ice.
What’s one vacation you’d like to take for inspiration?
I would like to go somewhere with a unique history of manufacturing. I think spending some time in and around the quarries in Carrara, Italy, would be an outstanding vacation.
Tell us about your all-time favorite piece in your home.
A painted credenza by Jeff Martin Joinery, who is a Vancouver-based designer and maker. We have traded a few pieces over the years.
What is the top thing on your bucket list?
My wife, Bridgette, is an interior designer, and we both love collecting design and art and we would love a place of our own with plenty of space that we can do whatever we please.
If you could get feedback on your work from anyone, who would it be?