To mark the fifth anniversary of his boutique workshop, Kastella, Montreal designer and woodworker Jason Burhop has created five unique pieces of furniture in solid walnut under the theme of "Noces de bois" (wood wedding), after the name given to fifth wedding anniversaries. The pieces symbolize the company's values, which are durability, quality and simplicity.
The bed, whose sober lines bring out the wood grain, rests on four wide maple drawers; the long, narrow dining table can seat eight; the dresser, which the designer considers the most sober of the anniversary pieces, is made up of maple crates assembled with dovetail joints; and the sideboard was designed to bridge the gap between modern design and traditional methods (mortise and tenon joints). Finally, the desk, which was created from end pieces (cuttings from the table and chair legs), is assembled in the traditional butcher board manner.
Specializing in custom pieces and small-scale production in solid wood (walnut, cherry, white oak), Jason Burhop works mainly with a private clientele but collaborates regularly with several design and architectural firms, including Henri Cleinge.
In addition to the five anniversary pieces, the collection presented at Kastella, consisting of tables, chairs, benches, beds, dressers and even lamps, contains 41 pieces. They can be reproduced and customized according to the customer's needs; and because of the variations in colour, grain and varnish, each piece is one of a kind.