The lush coastal jungles and vast mountain ranges of British Columbia are where Lafleur finds home. There are natural materials in this landscape, and adventure has led to their discovery. Early on as a Stoneworker, LaFleur realized the significant impact that simple materials and simple techniques have had on our cultures. This ancient craft in stone has given us shelter. Later as a Cabinetmaker and resident craftsman at the Inside Passage school, LaFleur looked to refine his craft and further explore our culture’s tie in with natural materials. With wood, we have made our living spaces warm. Today the Discovery Island collection reflects LaFleur’s holistic approach and his fascination with form and proportion.
LaFleur Atelier is a place of experimentation. A place where bandsaws, hand planes and tradition are being released from the box. The cabinetry is in motion here; clean Scandinavian lines have been set free and the imagination leads to discoveries that lie within the plank. Although the cabinetmakers narrative is rich with interesting characters and methods built on integrity, there is a flexibility within this tradition. While respect for craft lineage forms the foundation for LaFleur’s Atelier, far away islands of discovery wait beyond the passage.
Much like the local indigenous groups and the Art Neauvou movement, LaFleurs work is in tune with natures natural forms. Organic proportions and asymmetrical lines act as a starting point for the Discovery island collection, and an emergent approach has allowed safe passage on the journey north.
Image Credit: Tim Andries