About Rudy Zator

My approach to furniture design and craft is sculptural, with much of my inspiration coming from architecture. An artistic vision and fine craftsmanship are my hallmarks, and my classic, unique pieces of functional sculpture will last for generations.

From an architectural standpoint, my work evokes the elemental and true-to-nature ethos of modernism. Arthur Erickson's work,for example, with its concrete slabs and tendency towards the horizontal, is a great influence.

With my artistic background as a sculptor (I graduated from Emily Carr College of Art in 1989, majoring in sculpture) it is not surprising that my furniture is created with the mindset of a sculptor. Again, I am influenced by modern works with a formalist esthetic. Minimalist artists like Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Sol Lewitt with their attention to line, repetition and truth of materials are apt parallels.

I work with reclaimed wood whenever possible, making use of old pallets, shipping crates, fallen logs and old growth fir timbers from demolished buildings. Exposing the beauty of these often discarded materials is very satisfying and always a surprise.

Wood has a calm clarity to it, a warmth and softness unmatched in synthetic materials, and Ido not use stains or varnishes on my pieces. The wood's grain and colour are enhanced only by several coats of tung oil, hand-rubbed to create an exquisite finish that begs to be touched.

The Japanese concept know as shibui, the supreme creative restraint found in plain, functional interiors is what I strive for in my work. Referred to as 'the cultivation of the little' or 'the cult of the subdued', shibui is the art of not too much.

My work embraces the concept of shibui and is perfectly suited for any shibui interior. I pay meticulous attention to proportional relationships and subtle design elements.