Bexuko formed as a collaboration between three creatives who wanted to reconnect modern society with traditional artisans around the world. In hopes of fostering an ever-growing need for fairtrade, Bexuko works directly with the artisans on design concepts that apply traditional hand crafting methodologies. Woven Intersections marks the beginning of a movement between artisans and designers of the world – starting with the artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico. New artisans and designers will be featured annually to promote their trade and expertise. Special collections will be launched quarterly.
The first collection will focus on the black and white lens of design. Woven bags and textiles of Oaxaca tend to highlight the vibrancy of the city and the colours surrounding the landscapes. However, we wanted to take a step back and focus on the granular scale of the handicraft details; showcasing a collection that makes you see the materials and designs for what they truly stand for.
In the future, we hope to continue connecting with various artisans and create a continuous network of designers and makers in order to support underserved communities around the world who are still facing hardships amongst our modern times of the first world. Please help us by donating to the cause and supporting the artisanal communities. 15% of each piece will be donated back to the community to help build better infrastructure, workplaces, homes and schools.
Projects and progress will be documented into a short film that will help spread the message and the movement.
Websites coming soon!
Doe and Fawn
Doe and Fawn offers self-care products that help with relaxation during regular sleep, yoga and traveling. Some favourite products include soothing eye pillows, as well as hot/cold therapy pillows in various shapes and sizes. Special edition pieces are infused with natural dried lavender for extra soothing aromatherapy. The products use all natural materials and are hand-crafted in Toronto.
With the mission to focus on self-care and self-love as a catalyst for spreading happiness to others who are in need of TLC. In hopes of creating a community that can come together to collectively spread the message that taking care of yourself first is the key to everything else.
Rachel Ray, Arctic Zone, Columbia and Zaza were just some of the brands I worked on at California Innovations. One of my most memorable was a collaboration between myself and one of our Chicago designers. We designed a new line called Classics, where we created a new streamlined lunch bag look that was for the unisex minimalist market. Print design and presentations were some of the tasks I was responsible for along with designing cooler bags.
As the lead handbag designer at the HEYS Handbag division between 2012 and 2015, I helped launch the 3 sub-brands HEYS, Raisa by HEYS and HEYS International.
HEYS – on trend handbags made of man-made materials at affordable pricing.
Raisa by HEYS - 100% leather casual and stylish handbags with value in mind.
HEYS International - full grain, premium leather handbags with custom hardware details and classic styling.
The following images are a little snapshot of some of my most successful designs.
The Bloom Bench is part of The Bloom Series - A furniture collection that is multi-functional and adaptable for small spaces.
Bringing fresh natural wood together with the raw look of felt, the Bloom Bench resembles the high contrasts frequently seen in nature. This bench is a thought provoking piece with multifunctional capabilities; as it transforms into a wall-mounted organizer for extra storage when as required.
The transformation requires a few easy steps: remove bench legs, mount legs to cleats on wall (also functions as a coat hanger bench is in use), mount bottom of bench onto the bench legs which also have cleat mounts; release the compressed felt et voila.
The discoveries are endless. Given the simplicity in its design and complexity in its functions, the Bloom Bench is a conversation piece that will excite you every time you see or use it. As a piece that will never bore you, Bloom Bench grows as you grow; adapting to your every move and need.
Let Bloom blossom with you.
Materials: Birch, Industrial Felt, Metal Snaps.
The Bloom Chair is part of The Bloom Series - A furniture collection that is multi-functional and adaptable for small spaces.
The Bloom Chair is a clever folding chair that surprises you with each step it takes to become an actual chair. It starts of as two flat panels hinged together with folded legs on one side. A handle makes this piece easy to carry around and travel with. By folding out the front and back legs, the chair is now supported and raised to a normal seat level. Take the top handle and lift it up to reveal the felted interior of the chair. A detachable cushion is also provided for more comfort and a fun splash of colour. If you choose not to unfold it, simply sit on top of it like a raised cushion, or only open the top flap so you have a lower chair to lounge on.
Materials: Birch, Industrial Felt, Steel.
The Sprout Chairs were made out of upcycled shipping pallets that were planed and sanded down. The set of chairs could be used individually or as a loveseat when placed side by side. Fun, whimsical and a conversation starter, The Sprout Chairs were designed as outdoor furniture that could house plants at the back of the chair. They chairs were designed for the Green Living Show in collaboration with Citra Design and Sander Studio.
Materials: Recycled Shipping Pallets
LUNE Dinnerware provides an enhanced and more connected dining experience for Chinese seniors living in long-term care facilities. Typical western dinnerware does not suit their traditional eating behaviours and may contribute to anxiety when making the transition from home to an institution. By creating vessels that can be stacked to promote better posture, thermal for keeping food warm, and more culturally familiar through forms and symbols, Chinese seniors are more likely to enjoy their meals in a communal setting.
LUNE Dinnerware won the Umbra Rocket Award and GTAA Socially Responsible Design Award. As part of the GTAA Award, LUNE Dinnerware was displayed at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Terminal One.
Clockwork was a collection created for the MADE at Home Exhibition during Toronto Design Week. It consisted of a customizable selection of wall vinyls in various styles and colours, along with various sized birch wall clocks and different hands to select from.