Metal Furniture and Home Accessories
With its quizzically named furnishings that smack of all things Canadianthe Beavertail
Rocker, the Twin Otter CD Holder and the Anik Side Table being only three examplesHothouse Design Studio
was never ashamed of "the True North, strong and free."
"All of us are proud of our heritage, our roots," Hothouse co-founder Tim Sharp told
New Trail magazine in 1997. "We dont try and slap people in the face with our Canadiana but we
certainly dont hide it. We use very organic shapes, theres a rawness to them and the natural/recycled
is part of being a Canadian designer."
Likewise, Hothouses influence has been recognized in a curated show and awards. In
the summer of 2002, Hothouse was featured in the touring show, Habitat: Canadian Design Now curated
by Helen Delacretaz of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
During the winter of 2002, the collectives work was featured at the Triangle Gallery
in Calgary in a show entitled Hothouse Design StudioOn the Leading Edge.
The gallerys description of the collectives work was full of high praise. "Their
furniture is clean lined, modern and playful. The work has a timeless quality to it, which calls to mind
the design classics of the German Bauhaus."
In 1996, the collectives Beavertail Rocker won a Canadian Virtu Design Award. Hothouse
was also featured in magazines including Alberta Venture, Canadian Interiors and Western Living.
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