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The "Douglas Coupland for SwitzerCultCreative" Collection includes five pieces of furniture designed with the goal of creating an ideal writing environment that would work in small living spaces or create a comfortable "Writer's Nook" in a large space.
The desk, bookcase and chair are built using wood products from local suppliers who practice environmental sustainability. The project was completed January 24, 2013.
Douglas Coupland designed a writing desk to be used as a space for "the cultivation of words, whether by ink or by electrons". It's compact size when closed is 24 3/8" (61.5 cm) wide x 20" (51cm) deep x 35 ½" (90 cm) High. The top encloses an ample writing surface lined with leather; holds a layer of storage boxes and is designed to conceal a power bar for tidy laptop use. The pencil drawer is also used as support for the writing surface.
The Writer's Seat, Bento Box Black Escritoire and the Paint Box White escritoire were inspired from a period when Douglas lived in Japan and was using sumi-e paint in his work.
The escritoire with coloured boxes is finished in Japanese lacquer colours with scalloped shaped handles reminiscent of Mac laptops.
The Writer's Seat is unexpectedly ergonomic, and tucks nicely under the desk, when not in use.
It is 17"(43 cm) wide x 18 ½" (47 cm) deep x 23" (58.5 cm) High to the top of the back. Most books come in three sizes: paperback, hardcover and oversize. The bookshelves are simple, smart, strong, and can be arranged in any number of configurations like Legos. They also have caps and kicks available should you want to change proportions. They are called the Osaka bookshelves inspired by earthquake photos from the 1995 Osaka quake. A wall came off an office building and shelves very much like these ones were inside, intact. Each three-section bookshelf is 24" (61 cm) wide x 12" (30.5 cm) deep x 43" (109 cm) High. The glass door covers smoothly open up, out, and in. A magnet keeps the doors secure in the closed position.
The checker pattern and periwinkle color in the Ryoan-ji Floor lamp comes from a brief 1986 memory of a sliding door in Kyoto's Ryoan-ji Temple. The shades of these lamps are simple wire frames with translucent shoji-type material. Floor lamp is 14" (36 cm) square x 72" (183 cm) High including the shade. Table lamp is 8" (20 cm) square x 12 ¾" (32.5 cm) High with Shade.