Judson Beaumont is an interiors and furniture designer that creates whimsical artistic pieces from his design firm Straight Line Designs, based in Vancouver, Canada. Judson designs rooms that create a sense of wonder and astonishment, as if they were a child’s dream realm. In particular, he loves taking crazy ideas and making them possible in his own unique way. He studied at Capilano College and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and immediately after graduating in 1985 founded Straight Line Designs. Judson is also a recent recipient of the 2014 British Columbia Achievement Award. So we are pleased to share with you the creative trends of Judson Beaumont.
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1) What pieces of furniture have impressed you recently? And Why?
I am really impressed with the work of Wendell Castle. He was one of the first designers that I ever discovered who treats furniture like art. I also really enjoy Ron Arad, Marten Baas and Philippe Starck’s work.
2) What colours are on trend right now? And Why?
Masking tape green – it’s a fresh colour to match against a warm wood colour.
3) What types of materials are on trend right now? And Why?
I really like using the plywood that is made using rice glue. It’s very environmentally friendly. I also enjoy working with plastic laminate which is made from recycled plastic. We are always interested in working with new materials, and it’s even better if it’s environmentally friendly.
4) Which of your projects embodies the latest design trend? And why?
I think the hollow chair is a good representation of what’s on trend right now because of how it’s made. For most of our other furniture, we do everything by hand. However, with the hollow chair we utilized a CNC machine. It’s a tool that we like to rely on at all, but we like using it in ways where it’s not obvious that the CNC was used. Lately we have also been doing a lot of hand-painted work where we actually paint on wood grain patterns as a way of injecting colour and creating a different surface that really jumps out at you.