My good friends Aaron and Autumn Huizenga recently moved from Vancouver to Mission, BC, where they have been enjoying fresher air, bears as their neighbours, and keeping busy making beautiful things for Fabrikaat in their cozy woodstove-heated shop.
Aaron, one of the famed Zenga Bros. has a film degree from Emily Carr and more recently studied metal fabrication at BCIT. Autumn is a refugee social worker and active visual artist, with a degree in religious studies and Arabic. Fabrikaat is the duo's first lovechild, a custom fabrication and art workshop with a focus on lighting and furniture. Inspired by industrial fabrication and objects found in places where items are owned for generations, Fabrikaat’s furniture and lighting are built using steel as a prominent material, with a skilled attention to detail, to quote their website.
What I like about their work how it combines human warmth with industrial techniques and materials. Their lamps in particular are sculptures in their own right. I'm featuring just a few of my favourite products from the Fabrikaat web site. They are available for both private and commercial commissions. Most recently, they designed the tables and feature lighting for the coffee gurus at Oldhand Coffee.