|These faux rocks, which look deceptively real, are made out of discarded lumber that has been damaged by mountain pine beetles.
measure of creativity lives in all of us, but there are people
who tap into their supply more than others. Artist and furniture
maker Judson Beaumont is one of those people.
Mr. Beaumont owns Straight Line Designs in Vancouver, British
Columbia, a company known for its unusual furniture productions.
The challenge, he says, is to always better his last creation,
to constantly reevaluate and to push himself to think about
the next great design. To stand out and move the business forward,
he says concepts need to be fresh and eye-catching.
And he should know. In 2009, the British Columbia Achievement
Foundation honored him with an award for Applied Art and Design. Disney
Cruise Line and Crayola, among other companies, have commissioned
him to design one-of-a-kind installations. He's also produced
distinctive pieces for children's hospitals, museums, airports
He began his company with the intention of making wood furniture
on commission while working on personal art projects in his
off time. A graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and
Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, his art at the time consisted
of large wooden structures, cubes and hexagons with corners
jutting out at unusual angles. When he discovered that people
who bought his art sometimes used the pieces as coffee tables, a new
career in creating sculptural furniture was born.
Mr. Beaumont began showing his work at trade shows where, in
an effort to stand out from other woodworkers, he focused on
creating unusual pieces. Now, his days are spent working with
a staff of eight craftspeople whose varied backgrounds, from
art to industrial design, are a vital component to the success
of the business.