Photo by AlSmith.com

Photo by AlSmith.com

Christina Hilborne's design process begins with a vague, yet undeniably fabulous idea and ends with a rush of exhilaration when everything suddenly comes together. During this process nothing is predictable - sketches, peer input, scale models, even full-size mock-ups - can result in a piece exactly like the original idea, or sometimes something completely different.

All that touches each piece are several pairs of skilled and caring hands. A revered German instructor once said, "Let your fingers be your eyes." It seemed silly at the time, but as it turns out, fingers and hands feel the imperfections the eyes cannot see. Before leaving the Christina Hilborne studio, each piece is hand-assembled, hand-sanded and hand-finished to perfection.

Materials

Living in British Columbia has inspired Christina Hilborne to work with local timber like Douglas fir, selectively-logged or reclaimed whenever possible. As her craft evolved, she became captivated by different mediums and started exploring the contrast of textures and tones by juxtaposing wood with other materials like concrete, glass, or metal.

In 2011, Christina introduced a sustainable and eco-conscious material to her designs: Kirei board. Kirei is a Japanese word meaning beautiful, pure. Byproduct from Japanese sorghum crops is made into sheet goods using a non-toxic adhesive. The resulting material is not only sustainable, but stunning.