As we are rounding up 2016, we look back at some of the highlights and projects completed during this year. It’s been a very busy and dynamic year at Brent Comber studio. Over the last 12 months we have made hundreds of items that have been delivered worldwide to private and corporate clients, for art shows and for installations. We launched our new website, collaborated with exciting new partners and made work that we are so proud of. Thank you for joining us on this exciting journey!
In early 2016 a 17 foot boardroom table was installed at Audain Art Museum in Whistler, Canada. This is a sculptural piece embedded in the body of a table resembling a prehistoric mammal appearing from underneath the water surface for a brief moment. Being set in a museum, the piece addresses the depth of the meaning of its environment and art exhibited on its premises. See photography by Raef Grohne.
One of our most demanding projects this year was the installation of a reception desk, custom lighting pendants, and occasional tables for Electronic Arts in Burnaby, Vancouver. While this was not our first project involving custom lighting elements, this was one of our most complex projects to date.
We are currently working on a design project for a local church, based in North Vancouver, which is the most recently built United Church in Vancouver in several decades. This project involves the design and creation of chancel furnishings, with custom pieces to meet the functional and aesthetic requirements.
This year, Brent’s work has been featured at several art and trade shows, including IDS West and Why Design Now? in Vancouver. Two Shattered Spheres made their way to China for JISP Art show, Brent’s Fresco works were exhibited at Sakura, Japan and he also visited Japan in October to give the opening speech and present his own work at Living & Design Show in Osaka. Following his visit to Japan, Yukio Hashimoto, one of the most renowned Japanese architects and designers, came to Vancouver for IDS West and paid a visit to Brent’s studio. As one of the future projects Brent has with Yukio Hashimoto, the Conrad hotel in Osaka will be installed in spring next year.
We have managed to get hold of unique Cedar logs that have been harvested over 120 years ago, but haven’t been touched ever since. These will be used for producing special series of furniture next year.
This is just a glimpse in what the year 2016 what has been like for us. There are more exciting projects on the horizon, and we will keep you posted about the news from our studio during 2017.