Maple Modern: Next Generation Canadiana
Jasper Coat Rack is a modest object, or more precisely, a system of objects, by Toronto-based designer/maker Chris Pearsell-Ross. Made from sugar maple, a dense hardwood that is intimately connected with eastern Canada, the form allows for maximum flexibility and function: a moveable mirror, a series of pegs for domestic clutter, a portable key palette, all within a common language and scale.
Chris, a 2013 graduate of Sheridan’s Furniture Program, is a careful and responsible maker; he is inspired by the efficiency of the Shakers while keeping a weather eye on the future. The name of the piece is a nod to Jasper Morrison, a contemporary British designer renowned for his humble yet prescient work in many fields. One can almost imagine Pearsell-Ross and Morrison snowshoeing through the last of the March snow…inside the sugar shack, the distinctive smells of maple sugar and wood smoke meld together; coats hang on maple pegs, the buttery sheen and rosy colour of the wood belying its flint-hard durability.
From Spring/Summer 2015 Ornamentum. Click here to subscribe.
Peter Fleming is a Toronto-based designer/maker and Studio Head of Furniture in the Bachelor of Craft and Design Program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.
Jasper coat rack, designed by Chris Pearsell-Ross, Studio Fieldhouse, 2013
Photograph: Naomi Finlay