Raw nature: Martha Sturdy distills the Pacific Northwest into object form

Rotten orange in a bowl
The Canadian artist and designer Martha Sturdy has made a point of distilling the scale and wonder of nature in her statuesque creations
(Image credit: designer Martha Sturdy)

Looking to your surroundings for inspiration is familiar territory for most creatives and designers, but when that environment is the lush, untouched beauty of British Columbia, to properly articulate such beauty is a sure feat.

Therein lies the skill of the Canadian artist and designer Martha Sturdy, who has made it a point to authentically distil the scale and wonder of nature in her statuesque creations. Largely guided by materials and natural elements, such as salvaged cedar, bronze and minerals, Sturdy’s monolithic products convey craft, weight and age in furniture form.

Substantial tables cast out of white resin are tactile, yet non-porous and scratch resistant for greater durability compared to glass or wood. Spun brass platters and polished stainless steel bowls boast a materiality typically seen in ornamental objects, rather than pieces for practical use. Vases range from the geometric to the organically formed and are equally monumental in appearance. Peppered with details that evoke the wind, earth or water, the pieces in Sturdy’s collection each possess a extant sense of life that seems to bubble beneath the surface.

Since moving her studio out to her farm in Pemberton, Sturdy’s dialogue with the Pacific Northwestern landscape she inhabits only seems to grow stronger. In addition to a range of furniture, tabletop objects, lighting and jewellery (which she terms ‘wearable sculpture’), Sturdy has also taken on special commissions for hospitality, fashion and retail clients, including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Four Seasons and Bergdorf Goodman.

range of resin trays

Largely guided by materials and natural elements, such as salvaged cedar, bronze and minerals, Sturdy’s monolithic products convey craft, weight and age in furniture form. Pictured: a range of resin trays

(Image credit: designer Martha Sturdy)

Image includes plate, Candle Holder

Spun brass platters and chargers boast a materiality typically seen in ornamental objects

(Image credit: designer Martha Sturdy)

Image icludes Brass Dining Table, Chairs, Chandelier

Substantial dining tables cast in resin (pictured left) are tactile, yet non-porous and scratch resistant for greater durability compared to glass or wood. They are paired with low-backed chairs made from brass (pictured right)

(Image credit: designer Martha Sturdy)

An assortment of resin vessels

In addition to her range, Sturdy has also taken on special commissions for hospitality, fashion and retail clients, including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Four Seasons and Bergdorf Goodman. Pictured: an assortment of resin vessels

(Image credit: designer Martha Sturdy)

INFORMATION

For more details, visit Martha Sturdy’s website

ADDRESS

Martha Sturdy (retail gallery)
12 W 5th Ave
Vancouver
British Columbia

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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.