Everything starts with a sketch—well actually, pages of sketches that gradually evolve into more formal drawings. Next stop is the workshop to build prototypes. Rob does some machine work but prefers hand tools.
Once he has the first workable prototypes, friends, family and relatives live with them for a while. That’s how we find ways to refine and improve them. And so we go back and forth from living with the product to the shop until Rob’s got a prototype that works.
Then he hand drafts the working drawings. Yep, just pencil and paper draftsmanship. No CAD for Rob.
After that, with rolls of drawings under his arm and prototypes in tow, Rob heads to the manufacturer where he works with their programmers to create the production prototype.
The way we choose materials is much like our approach to design—simple, spare and straightforward. Choose quality materials and let them speak for themselves. We think good design and truly “green” values stem from using products with an environmentally sound pedigree and selecting top quality durable materials. We don’t believe there is anything truly “green” about a cheap throwaway product no matter what it’s made of. That’s why we’ve searched out materials that last.
Charles Eames once famously said, “The details are not the details—they are the product.” Not only does this require great materials, but it also demands careful, top-notch manufacture. We choose our Ontario manufacturing partners for their expertise (we think they’re the best), for their environmental responsibility and for the fact they’re nearby. All of our manufacturers are within a two-hour drive of Peterborough. Being close means we get to work with them on every aspect of our products. We learn a lot that way. It takes a strong personal relationship, whether the firm is big or small, so being close matters.