Simon Kitz
2015 Award: James H. McPherson Award in Woodworking

Simon Kitz is a Toronto based designer and maker. After attending Trent University for Concurrent Education, Simon enrolled at Sheridan College in the Craft and Design Furniture Department. He studied for 9 months under the tutelage of Stephen Hogbin in Lake Charles Ontario, and afterwards moved back to Toronto. He then opened his own design and build company; specializing in furniture, wood products and other designer goods.

Proportion, composition and form have informed Simon’s design ethos. The focus of his work is to use elements—often disparate—to create a holistic design language, richer than its parts and crafted with longevity in mind. This underlying interest has led to a varied body of work utilizing a multitude of techniques and design inspirations.

Currently, Simon is working on a line of furniture for his furniture company; built on the tenets of social and environmental responsibility. It is his aim to bridge the gap between a narrowing demographic that can afford handmade objects and maintaining an excellence of craftsmanship and market competitiveness in the work.

www.etherdesign.ca

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"Skiff" Basket
Steambent Ebonized Ash, #8 Round Reed, Oil

"Skiff" Basket
Steambent Ebonized Ash, #8 Round Reed, Oil

"York" Pendant
Cast Hydrocal, Sealant, Copper Paint

"Propellar" Coffee Table
Tapered Steambent Laminated Ash, Oil, Glass

"Propellar" Coffee Table
Tapered Steambent Laminated Ash, Oil, Glass

"Twist" Planters
Bricklayed White Oak, Oil, Powdercoated Steel, Pots and Plants

"Metro" Barstool
Mortise and Tenon, White Oak, Oil

"Metro" Barstool
Mortise and Tenon, White Oak, Oil

(AA) "Art and Artifice" Cabinet
Coopered and Stack Laminated Maple and Padauk, Lacquered MDF, Patinated Copper

(AA) "Art and Artifice" Cabinet
Coopered and Stack Laminated Maple and Padauk, Lacquered MDF, Patinated Copper

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.