Kurva Design - Lighting and Furniture
Kurva Design

Kurva Design

Victoria, Canada

Mike Randall is a modern lighting designer and studio furniture maker with a west coast minimalist style. He creates unique pieces that are influenced by his love of clean lines and curved forms. He frequently integrates metal into his designs to provide stunning contrasts in colour and texture.

Mike’s philosophy for Kurva Design is to produce beautiful functional pieces made with sustainability in mind. To that end, Mike focuses on using materials and finishes that are sustainable and eco-friendly, and wherever possible, he uses the services of other local businesses in his endeavors, whether it is for buying timber or metal, or seeking out supporting services for running Kurva Design.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I think about design all the time. I am forever imagining different possibilities that I later try out. With bent lamination, there can be a lot of experimentation involved for getting an end result that is just as you want it. For me, the most exciting part of my process is when I realize that an idea that I have been thinking about is coming together and looks beautiful. Sometimes it is the way I had imagined, and other times, there’s a bit of serendipity. My favourite moments are when I take a piece of wood out of the vacuum bag and look at the curves and lines and think....yes, I love the line- it worked!!!"
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I want people to see that lights can be art, adding another design element to a room. I want people to interact with my work, enjoying the design, right down to the tiny details."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"The S-Light was born out of error. While bending a Bow Light, I forgot to release the vacuum from the bag as I bent it round the form. This caused the other end of the strips to curve off in the opposite direction forming an S. I liked it and felt inspired for a new light design. The hard part after that was working out how to recreate the same shape repeatedly rather than by happenstance."
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"I love working with North American hardwoods, especially Elm, Ash and White Oak. They bend well and their natural properties allow for beautiful shapes, tones and finishes. I also love designing with metal It has such different properties and constraints than wood. Using metal with wood gives a strong design contrast in pieces that I like. It also allows my designs to push the envelope beyond what wood can do as a single element."
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What motivates and inspires you?

"“Less is more” - Every detail of a design needs to be beautiful and functional, but never overdone.
The Shakers were one of the original practitioners of this concept but it has been taken on by many different schools of design over the past 200 years."
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What makes a space special?

"For me, a well designed special space creates a feeling of harmony, calm and relaxation. It makes me want to spend time there. I prefer open spaces with clean lines, but a sense of warmth. Lighting is often a significant element in creating the intended atmosphere or mood of a space, which is what makes a space feel special or inviting."
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What’s unique about your work?

"My work is modern and minimalist. I make use of large sculptural curves to create lighting that is part of a room’s design aesthetic —I like my pieces to be functional art."
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