Vancouver-based industrial designers and co-founders of Contexture Design, Trevor Coghill and Nathan Lee, are the recent recipients of Western Living’s 2011 ‘Eco Designer of the Year’ Award. The Western Living Design Awards are a celebration of the people who are creating some of the most dynamic and exciting places and spaces on the planet.
Contexture Design is an award winning, multidisciplinary design firm emphasizing simple, elegant and sustainable design, and is often inspired by reclaimed materials with historical, cultural or environmental significance. Contexture projects transform waste into new products while maintaining a connection to the original source material.
Adjudicated by John Brown (Housebrand) and Peter Busby (Busby Perkins + Will), Contexture’s ethical design practice clearly stood out from the rest of the competition. “No one else has exhibited such a marked commitment to reuse locally sourced waste materials,” said Peter Busby. Contexture’s respect for materials and dedication to sustainable design has earned this design team a reputation for intelligent, well-made products with the smallest possible footprint.
“We are honoured to receive an award that resonates so closely with our passion for designing with reclaimed materials,” said Trevor Coghill. The design duo agrees that, “It would be great to have a client who has a waste stream and says, ‘What can you do with this?'”
This year marked the launch of Contexture’s latest collection of sustainable designs. To add to their award-winning line, ‘Pollen Nation’ is the latest addition to their collection of hanging mobiles. The new launch also includes ‘Fly-Like-a-Hot-Dang’ wood and paper glider, a ‘Mapbook’, and a line of ‘Cutout Cards’ that are made out of the laser-cut leftovers from their collection of hanging mobiles.
Contexture Design has been featured in The New York Times Style Magazine, Spin, Plenty, Fashion Magazine, and the Globe and Mail, to name a few, and has appeared on CBC Radio and TV. Contexture has won numerous awards including ‘Ones to Watch’ in the Western Living Designer of the Year Award in 2010, the Design Exchange Award for Industrial Design in 2008 for their mobile, ‘As the Crow Flies’, and received runner up for Keeseh Studio’s 2008 ‘Make Some Green’ for the Coffee Cuff. Additionally, Contexture has participated in design-related events such as IDSwest and the West Xprssd exhibit of emerging Western Canadian designers, and their work has been shown at the Museum of Vancouver and at the Royal Ontario Museum as part of the Toronto International Design Festival.