September 10, 2011
by Canadian Architect
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. Coghil and Lee are graduates of the University of British Columbia’s Landscape Architecture program and have been working together since 2005. Respect for materials and dedication to sustainable design has earned Contexture a reputation for intelligent, well-made products with the smallest possible footprint.
Adjudicated by internationally recognized leaders in green building design, John Brown (Housebrand) and Peter Busby (Busby Perkins + Will), Contexture’s ethical design practice clearly stood out from the rest of the competition. Peter Busby states, “No one else has exhibited such a marked commitment to reuse locally sourced waste materials.” 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,” states 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.
Visit Contexture Design’s online shop at www.contexture.ca/products. For more information on the Western Living Design Awards, please visit www.westernlivingmagazine.com.