Woo came to furniture design in a roundabout way. He worked as a landscaper after high school. Then he got a job in the film industry building sets and rigging. From there, he went on to be a cabinetmaker and honed his craft. In 2005 he applied and was accepted at the Ontario College of Art and Design, but he decided at the last minute not to go. Instead, he started his own studio. He said, "I was already doing what I wanted to do, and so going to school would have meant doing it four years later."
His first commercial piece was a bar stool that came out in 2008. He followed with the Covert Series, a collection of low-profile chests of drawers that doubled as benches, each featuring a brightly colored horizontal strip in green, blue, yellow or white.
About his current collection, the 39-year-old designer jokes, "We’ve been calling it the ‘2012 collection based on core geometry,’ but that’s pretty wordy."
Woo was the winner of the 8th annual Carter Wosk British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design. He is quickly making quite a name for himself, and I predict that many of his pieces will be considered classics in fifty years.
From straight.com and christianwoo.com
|Cantilevered side table|
|Covert Series low credenza|