Interior Design by SHIPWAY living design seen at Robertson Residence - Vancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver - Home Design
Interior Design by SHIPWAY living design seen at Robertson Residence - Vancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver - Home Design

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This project is a true reflection of both my clients needs and desires coupled with my design process and aesthetic. A true tribute to the west coast and our surrounding beauty. We wanted to bring the feel of a typical west coast rural home into the setting of a modern condo in the urban environment. The ability to install a woodstove made this desire possible. There is something so grounding about a wood burning fire that enables one to escape the "noise" of an urban life. This feature also served a key ethical design constraint, as we wanted remove all gas features from the existing space (fireplace and cooktop), as it is imperative that all homes break their dependence on fossil fuels and move to a more sustainable fuel source, especially in centres that have readily available renewable source of electricity or in rare occasions wood burning (carbon neutral) option. All of the wood features in the project are created with local Douglas Fir sourced from a sustainably managed community forest on Cortes Island B.C. The Salt & Pepper Granite was sourced from and Independent quarry on Hardy Island on the Sunshine Coast B.C. The large concrete wall was preexisting, but covered with drywall. Both the client and myself saw this as a great opportunity as a feature and a tribute to the construction of the 1970's building, so all the draywall was removed to expose this great feature. Rather than removing all of the preexisting surface nailed Oak flooring, we decided to refinish it and fix the damaged boards. This was done not for a cost saving measure, but rather as an way to consume as little material as possible for the project while also creating as little waste as possible.

Every aspect and component of this project was deeply considered for both its environmental and social impact. If we could find a local sollution, that was the first option, but if not then we would look further abroad and examine both the product and the companies practices to see that they were both suitable to our environmental and social standards. We were able to source almost everything from both Canada and the United states with exception to the appliances which were sourced from Germany due to their high environmental standards, and the wood stove which came from Belgium as it was the cleanest burning wood stove on the market.

Through this strict design process, we were able to have a finished product that is true and honest to both the design objectives and the beautiful landscape in which it resides.

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SHIPWAY living design

SHIPWAY living design

Vancouver, Canada

Meaningful modern furniture, designed and made in Vancouver B.C. sourced from local, sustainable and up cycled materials. We strive to to create furniture and home decor products that will contribute to a healthy home and a healthy planet

My approach to design is multi-faceted and the final outcome of a piece is only a fraction of what I'm trying to achieve through my practice. It’s more than creating designer furniture and home decor items, it’s about telling a story and making the "world" a better place, even if it’s only a small "world".

​The majority of my pieces are created with Douglas Fir from a community managed forest on Cortes Island, where it is sustainably managed, harvested, and processed locally by small independent mills. This is the life blood of this small community and every dollar I spend on material goes directly to that community ensuring a sustainable forestry economy for many generations to come.

Beyond my commitment to local and small economy, I am strongly committed to using sustainable materials and environmentally sensitive products with all my pieces. All my glues and finishes are of the highest environmental standards, and when using other species of wood for custom furniture, I source them from either sustainable sources or salvaged from blow down or land clearing. All of this is an effort to contribute to healthy homes free of toxins.

When exploring other materials other than wood, their environmental and social impact is a large consideration in what materials I select to work with. This design constraint makes it difficult at times to broaden my material choices, but at the same time fosters and opportunity to expand the uses of materials and find more efficient and creative ways to use them.

At the end of the day I want to create objects that people can feel proud to own and adopt the story of where the piece came from and how it came to be, and make it their story.

When I’m not in my East Vancouver studio or shop, I’m usually out on the water fishing, in the forest exploring or picking mushrooms, or up on Cortes Island taking a recharge break, and when time permits traveling the globe looking for inspiration and admiring all the beauty this world has to offer.

Available for commission/custom work

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