It’s a new year, and we’re getting ready for our first road trip.
Galerie CO will be at the Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (IDS14) from January 24 to 26. At Studio North, we will be representing Maude Bouchard Furness of Montreal’s Atelier HOCH and introducing her fabulous collection of furniture to the world!
Studio North is a show-within-a-show that supports Canada’s vibrant and independent design scene. It features ateliers and design-makers from coast to coast exhibiting one-off and custom collections of furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles and surface design in a gallery-like installation. Studio North is one of the most anticipated annual exhibits for the design industry, media and a discerning design audience. We are bursting with pride and excitement.
For the next couple of weeks, our newly-minted blog will focus on nothing else! It will be all Maude, all the time. We need to get the word out. You need to meet her. Her enthusiasm and love for her craft and her culture is infectious. Her collection is colourful, contemporary and sustainably produced. It will speak for itself and she will win you over with her smile.
As we prepare for our excellent adventure, we are writing up a couple more blog posts to introduce you to Maude and Atelier HOCH. In the meantime, have a look at her artistic statement, which gives a taste of who she is and an insight into the ‘heart’ of the collection.
If you are in Toronto, and planning to attend the IDS14 you will find us up in Studio North, Booth SN7. We’ll also be sending out updates and photos before and during the show on Twitter and Instagram. Follow us there @GalerieCO.
We can’t wait to meet you!
Atelier HOCH, Artistic Statement:
“When we love something and feel a connection to it, then we hold on to it. We keep it in our homes and cherish it because we know someone put thought and care into producing it.”
~Maude Eloïse Bouchard Furness
I was born in Abitibi. My inspiration comes from my home province and my aim is to create contemporary pieces that embody the spirit and cultural heritage of Quebec while expressing a fresh and distinctive aesthetic. Created using entirely ecologically-friendly methods, my designs are informed by a deeply held belief in the value of craftsmanship and artisanal expertise to create furniture of enduring charm and use. I feel passionately that each piece I create should create a personal sense of attachment in the owner.
In 2010, a leg injury forced me to take some time off from my job as Artistic Director/Jack of All Trades with a video production company. It was during that time that I began to reconsider my future and ask myself where my passions lie. Atelier HOCH (short for Hochelaga, reflecting the Montreal-centric philosophy of the studio) was born of my desire to express my cultural pride and inspiration and to contribute to the burgeoning Quebec-based design market. I wanted to be part of creating our furniture, the furniture that comes from chez nous. It has been a fascinating voyage from concept to reality. I am immensely proud of the two collections that form the basis of the Atelier HOCH’s first offerings.
Design and respect for the environment are inextricably linked, although there are many different ways to honour a commitment to a greener world. Some designers express their eco-sensibilities by working with materials that are grown sustainably or recycled. My design vocabulary and goals are informed, first and foremost, by an almost eccentric horror of waste. It has been an inspiring and fulfilling challenge to find ways to express my creative aesthetic to produce beautiful, heirloom pieces while at the same time, producing minimal waste.
For me, veneer is the perfect material with which to honour my fundamental philosophies. Not only does veneer capture what is most beautiful about the wood – the grain, the texture, the hue – but it makes the best possible use of the raw material. All my pieces are constructed in my Montreal studio using materials sourced from the city and the surrounding regions. The wood frames are made from wood salvaged from a local sawmill. All the foam used in the construction of the chairs is plant-based, and locally-sourced fabrics are high-performance. I use only formaldehyde-free glues and create water-based, naturally tinted stains to perfectly match the fabrics for each chair.
Boréal and Yamaska are Atelier HOCH’s inaugural offerings. Simple, clean lines accentuated with gorgeous, whimsical colour creating a wonderful tension between the playful and the prim and inviting the owner to enjoy a one of a kind piece conceived, sourced, and made in Quebec.