On Thursday, I dropped into Toronto’s Urban Mode for a preview of Alberta designer Tim Antoniuk’s latest furniture series for his company, Question Objects. Truth be told, it was the three-drawer console above with its quirky, off-kilter legs that got me out to the media event. I wanted to see for myself if the quality lived up to the design on these Arctic-inspired, made-in-Canada pieces.
Manufactured in Edmonton, Question Objects furniture is shipped to boutique retailers across North America — Urban Mode is the exclusive Toronto seller. The pieces are made of solid walnut or oak with some bent plywood/veneer construction for the distinctive, curling corner pulls on the Leaf series cabinets. The drawer boxes are lined with a textured, anaglyptic treatment.
“I think people love surprises,” says Antoniuk, “and when you open the drawer it’s a neat little detail. That’s why we did the hidden drawer (below) on the dresser, that kind of care and attention makes a piece special.”
Question Objects is taking a somewhat unorthodox approach and completely skipping the trade fair circuit, which the designer notes costs $20,000 – $30,000 per show, expenses that have to be factored into the final retail price. As it is, the console in the lead pic retails for about $1,900, not a fortune but not inexpensive either (complete pricing here).
Even the drawer pulls are made in Canada although Antoniuk concedes he could source them in China for one-tenth the price. “But it’s a philosophical issue,” he says. “I want it all to be made-in-Canada.”
One other thing to note about Question Objects is that the wood is all finished with a special oil/polymer and wax finish that allows the wood to breath thus preventing splitting and cracking. The finish is durable and easily repaired if scratched.