Douglas Coupland for SwitzerCultCreative

Acclaimed Canadian novelist Douglas Coupland has turned his hand to furniture design, creating a range inspired by the process of writing.

Working with Vancouver-based, design firm SwitzerCultCreative, the collection comprises a desk, a writer’s seat, a lamp and a bookshelf, made using locally-sourced wood from Coupland’s native Canadian surroundings. Each piece utilizes traditional Japanese design techniques, such as ancient lacquering, while the lamps emulate the checkered patterns found in the Tofuku-ji Temple in Kyoto.

Coupland is more widely known for his zeitgeist-capturing, literary works, including Generation X and JPod, but he is no stranger to design and the visual arts, initially studying sculpture at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and later at Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Japan before turning to writing. Reflecting the everyday items he uses to work on, Coupland hopes that the range will, “unleash creativity, dopamine, high style and timelessness into their user’s world.”

The collection was unveiled during the 2013 Interior Design Show in Toronto in January. You can view pieces from the collection here. – Samantha Fox

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