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Got it Straight
Vancouver's The Georgia Straight named Martin as one of its "favourite furniture and homeware designers." In a separate media piece, Shaw's Go TV, interviewed Martin in a story about his presence in the 2015 East Side Cultural Crawl.
Moving on UP!
... as in UPHOLSTERY. In March 2016 Martin graduated from a three-month apprenticeship in Mexico City's Centro de Capacitacion para el Trabajo Industrial (CECATI 13) with Maestro Hector Garciacano. Martin is presently prototyping a line of cushioned furniture.
Bigger and Better
In May, 2017 I installed a 17 foot by 7 foot table at the ILWU 514 head office in Burnaby, BC. The solid oak and steel table seats 22 people, and weighs close to 2 tonnes! The jewel of the table is the union's dazzling, custom-etched, three-foot diameter logo in stainless steel. It took a team of seven to install it. See it in the gallery below.
Vancouver Magazine featured Martin's work in November 2016.
Culture Crawl Honours
The jury chose III to feature in the 2017 preview show at
Alternative Creations Gallery
Since May 2017, I have partnered with Riversol Skin Care Inc, developing and fabricating their in-store displays. The product features thujaplicin, a powerful anti-oxidant derived from western red cedar. The stands' spectacular 17"x10" slab showcase the species' natural beauty. Look for them at quality pharmacies
throughout the Lower Mainland.
Japan's Muji opened their largest store outside Asia on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. They asked me to custom build a line of stools in three sizes for their spectacular 16,000 square foot space. At left: Canadian president Mr. Toru Akita taking my three legged stool out for a test ride on opening day.
Province: Top Five
The Province's Shawn Conner considers my design practice one of top five reasons to visit the culture crawl in 2017. Read about it here!
About the Artist
Marty McLennan is a longstanding woodworker, furniture designer and fabricator based in Vancouver B.C. and Mexico City. Beyond the wood and steel working skills he has developed over the past decade, he brings to his work bench 25 years of photographing architectural icons around the globe while working for travel and leisure magazines. His focus on creating meaningful objects that are not only sensual to the eye, but also the touch, results in bespoke quality works for generations to enjoy. Martin works at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and has a PhD in Science and Technology Studies.
Listen to North by Northwest's Sheryl MacKay chat with me on Sunday November 19, 2017. The interview starts at minute 1:46:19
Design columnist Rebecca Keillor of the Vancouver Sun includes me as one of the standout designers from the 2017 Culture Crawl.