This is some of the most fun furniture we’ve ever seen. It is refreshing to see furniture that is designed well, but different, and executed so beautifully. So, without further ado, we give you Straight Line Designs, a company that can create any piece of furniture your mind can imagine.
Based in British Columbia, Straight Line Designs has been around for twenty-five years and is going strong. The brainchild of Judson Beaumont, Straight Line Designs has a staff of eight full-time furniture artists, and they not only sell the stock pieces featured in this post, but they also do custom pieces for children’s exhibitions and public institutions all over the world.
Judson Beaumont was born in Saskatchewan and studied art at Capilano College, finishing his education at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. He founded Straight Line Designs the year he graduated – 1985, and values original design and creativity a great deal, something that is reflected in the unique and wonderful creations featured on his website. His style blends functionality and fun, workmanship with whimsy. He proves over and over again with his designs that nothing is impossible when you understand the limits of 3-D sculpture and possess a fantastic imagination.
Take a look at some of his (and his staff’s) work. We like to call them Knick Knack Shelves. Be sure to comment on which pieces are your favorites. Our personal favorites? The ones with arms, of course!
Knick Knack Shelves and Furniture
In addition to creating amazing, delightful, and inspired furniture, Straight Line Designs is very involved in charitable work. They donate some of their wild and fun pieces to organizations like Arts Umbrella, AIDS Vancouver, BC Children’s Hospital, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and BC Dog Guide Services. Jud also does lectures and presentations at schools, including design schools and design firms.
Some of Straight Line Design’s prestigious clients include Disney Cruise Lines, ING, Princeton University, Newark Beth Israel Children’s Hosptial, Vancouver International Airport, and more. Jud and his team have the ability to create custom furniture for anyone, and they work with their clients from sketch to finished product to make sure that the piece is all that the client dreamed it could be.
Judson published a book called What’s Next? It is a collection of photos of Straight Line Designs from 1990 – 2007. The book features an introduction by Douglas Coupland, a Canadian novelist and expert in design and visual art. The book also has sketches of the pieces featured, and a biography of Judson. You can email the company for a copy of the book.
Coming soon is a second book that looks at Jud’s design process, his ideology, and his production methods, along with pictures of works created since 2007.
Straight Line Designs has been featured on HGTV and in many other print and web-based publications.
While the company is happy to recreate pieces that are featured in their online gallery, they thrive on creating new and original pieces. The furniture starts at $1500 (that does not include shipping and handling) and you can get a fast and accurate estimate. All you have to do is ask.