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THE TWISTED PATH OF THE STRAIGHT LINE

 

Judson Beaumont

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1960, Beaumont initially had a very restrained view of design.  "When I was young, I used to think that in order to design and build anything; one had to get a set of instructions from a book or a magazine.  I always assumed that someone else had to come up with the ideas and then you were supposed to build it that way.  I guess that is why most furniture looks the way it does."

This mentality changed when he left the vast, flat horizons of his Canadian prairie hometown to study art in the mountainous coastal city of Vancouver, B.C., his current home.  Just as his surroundings took on new, exciting dimensions, so did his work.

"In my first sculpture class in Art School ... I asked my instructor what it was that I should make, and his response was to do whatever I wanted.  It did not matter whether it was a good or a bad idea; it was important to just try and do something different.  Art school was a good influence; it made me look at things differently."

"From that day on I never looked at building the same. I had a new focus: to design and build differently. I started with minimalist shapes that slowly transformed into functional furniture. My early furniture pieces were simple in form and shape for I was not a good builder. The more confident I became, the more unusual my ideas became."

Now an expert builder and founder of Straight Line Designs Inc., Beaumont skillfully pushes the limits of design and gravity, blending functionality with fantasy world shapes and forms that were previously thought irrational to tangibly produce.

"A person must dare to drift away from the tried and true in order to give a piece energy and interest. Be influenced and inspired by the norm, and then challenge it, change it, melt it, stretch it, alter it for the better."

Judson Beaumont's work catches the eye as only great design can.  But it's the smile and look of wonder his pieces bring to your face, and the warmth they bring to your heart, that make his work truly unique.

by Brock Duke

Judson Beaumont