Published on March 14, 2014
As BARTER, we seek to understand the inherent qualities and potential of the materials around us. It is this understanding that guides and informs the products we create, and the artists we work with. We believe deeply in telling the stories of these artists, learning their processes and methodologies. The result is a collection of objects that is thoughtful, unique and has a story to tell.
R E V O LV E . B Y K E N N E T H T O R R A N C E Kenneth Torrance is a multi-disciplinary designer living in Vancouver, BC. His process is rooted in a strong connection to the origin of the materials he uses: the connection between the clay and the mountains they came from; the journey from a tree, to a log, to a table. Formally trained as a graphic designer, Kenneth approaches objects and space as compositions designed to complete one another and, above all, believes that love for the craft, and respect for the materials, should guide his every design decision. ¶ Revolve is an homage to west coast timber. It celebrates the form of these coastal giants and indulges in the raw beauty of BC red cedar. Paired with concrete for stability, and terracotta as a vessel for growing, Revolve invites us to acquaint ourselves with these materials and contemplate their relationship to one another. Revolve can be stacked and configured in a variety of ways, allowing one to experiment and personalize. From 8 inch vessel to 50 foot stacks, this modular series is all about play. 9
R E V O LV E S T O O L S , P I L L A R S + P L A N T E R S LATHED BC CEDAR 20031 17”H X 15”W - 12.5”W 20032 26”H X 15”W - 12.5”W 20033 35”H X 15”W - 12.5”W 20034 44”H X 15”W - 12.5”W 20035 53”H X 15”W - 12.5”W 20036 62”H X 15”W - 12.5”W (STACK NO HIGHER THAN 7FT WITHOUT OUR INTERNAL CONNECTION SYSTEM) TERRACOTTA PLANTER 10401 8”H X 15”W(BOTTOM) - 12.5”W(TOP) CONCRETE 35011 8”H X 15”W(TOP) - 12.5”W(BOTTOM) C e d a r Te r r a c o t t a C o n c r e t e 15
C O N N E C T . B Y I M U C H A N IMu Chan is a designer and founder of FSOARK, a Vancouver design studio known for its inventive and unexpected spaces, installations and architectural undertakings. Chan’s designs challenge our ideas about space, weight, and origin—and our own physical relationship to the pieces he creates. He unearths the inherent qualities of the materials he works with and presents them back to us with such simple and intuitive design that it is as if we are seeing these materials for the first time; surprised by their natural beauty. ¶ Rather than an object for display, a table, in its simplest form, displays the rituals in our lives. The Connect Table is an exploration in connection. At its heart is a considered wooden ring, allowing Connect’s components to radiate from a strong core. Its intentionally small, circular form brings us together without hierarchy, encouraging us to connect closely with one another. 19
C O N N E C T LATHED LEGS AND CONNECTOR MADE WITH BC ALDER LOW TABLE 24”W X 20”H 65011 CONCRETE TOP 65022 WHITE MARBLE TOP 65024 BLACK MARBLE TOP 65026 GREY MARBLE TOP DINING TABLE 36”W X 29”H 65012 CONCRETE TOP 65021 WHITE MARBLE TOP 65023 BLACK MARBLE TOP 65025 GREY MARBLE TOP A l d e r Va n c o u v e r I s l a n d W h i t e Wa l n u t B l a c k C a r m a n a h M a r b l e T l u p a n a B l u e M a r b l e R e c y c l e d C o n c r e t e 27
G AT H E R . B Y A R T PA U L Art has witnessed British Columbia transform and evolve over many years and continues to do so. As a 7th generation Canadian, he is deeply connected to this landscape and its people, valued as an important member to every community he has lived in. Working in Forestry for much of his life, Art has an understanding of our native trees that is unparalleled. His appreciation for local resources and intuitive approach is evident in every piece he creates, and we are so fortunate for his collaboration and mentorship. ¶ Each Gather block is unique. Whether you see them as stools, tables, plinths or pieces of art, the Gather blocks are a story told through our environment, design, history and peoples. 31
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V E S S E L . B Y K E N N E T H T O R R A N C E Once valued as a precious, vital material used for carrying water, cooking and ceremony, terracotta is now most often found on the back shelves of hardware stores and garden centres. The Vessel series is a resurrection of terracotta: a reintroduction to a material that hasn’t changed in thousands of years. The Vessel series is meant to be cherished but, it is also meant to be used. 39
T E R R A C O T TA V E S S E L POUR DRINKS. CONTAIN FLOWERS. COOK BROTH. EMBRACE TERRACOTTA. INSIDE CLEAR GLAZED 3 SIZES AVAILABLE. 10204 SM . 7”H 10205 MED . 10”H 10206 LG . 13”H 42
T E R R A C O T TA B O W L EAT SOUP. BAKE. OVEN SAFE. HOLD THINGS. EMBRACE TERRACOTTA. INSIDE UNGLAZED 10011 SM 3.5”W 10012 MED 6”W 10013 LG 9”W INSIDE CLEAR GLAZE 10021 SM 3.5”W 10022 MED 6”W 10023 LG 9”W 3443
T E R R A C O T TA P O T GROW THINGS. GATHER THINGS. EMBRACE TERRACOTTA. INSIDE UNGLAZED 10101 SM 3.5”W 10102 MED 6”W 10103 LG 9”W INSIDE CLEAR GLAZE 10104 SM 3.5”W 10105 MED 6”W 10106 LG 9”W 46
T E R R A C O T TA L I G H T CORDSET RATED FOR 75W COMES WITH 10FT CORD WITH A WHITE CANOPY. 10303 SM 7”W 10304 LG 10”W 47
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