Ones to Watch

Knauf and brown, in­dus­trial de­sign­ers, Van­cou­ver

Western Living - - CONTENTS - Carly Whet­ter

In­dus­trial de­sign­ers Knauf and Brown are al­ready mak­ing a splash on the world stage.

Con­sid­er­ing Knauf and Brown’s re­cent suc­cesses at the 2014 New York De­sign Week and in their ex­hi­bi­tion at this year’s Stock­holm Fur­ni­ture and Light Fair, it’s hard to be­lieve the young de­sign stu­dio—started in 2013—was a two-man ef­fort who not that long ago was work­ing out of Calen Knauf’s home. But now that he and de­sign part­ner Con­rad Brown are in a larger space in Van­cou­ver’s Chi­na­town, the pair can think a lit­tle big­ger, fo­cus­ing on fur­ni­ture and light­ing projects that rep­re­sent a seam­less mar­riage of func­tion and aes­thetic—a prod­uct of their back­grounds in pho­tog­ra­phy and graphic de­sign. Their Over­cast light does away with hard lines and mim­ics nat­u­ral cloud cover with its blended paper pulp shade; their Keefer cre­denza creates the il­lu­sion of float­ing shelves be­hind a bam­boo-beaded skirt. “Our work is very bal­anced and driven by the for­mal qual­i­ties,” says Brown. “We want to make nice things that also work well.”—

Dy­namic Duos Con­rad Brown (top) and Calen Knauf strike a pose with their Over­cast light and Keefer cre­denza.

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