Locarno Table

During COVID this table grounds me to my roots in the Pacific Northwest. It reflects that my relationship to nature is fundamental to my practice. It reminds me of the collaborations with local BC artisans, and craftspeople that elevate the creative process. The materials speak to to endurance, and geological history - the marble is a product of eons of pressure and is a product of slow time, a provocative idea when we live in such a charged and impermanent moment.

My vision for the Locarno table came from my many walks observing materials along the coastal beaches of British Columbia. The marble table top is cut to reflect the stones that move and resettle with each passing of the tide. The steel tripod base is made of three unique legs of different diameters, conceptually representing various drift wood found on the beach.

Traditionally, many consider design as an effort to create objects that serve the human condition, but I aim to look at how design can consider the natural world. Every detail in my collections is carefully considered, creating pieces that are both thoughtful and thought-provoking. I think about design as a holistic practice that questions our interaction with the our environment and objects around us. This feels even more relevant today when our domestic spaces have become our sanctuary.

Lisa Turner

Lisa Turner’s practice is inspired by the natural environment and its relationship with our interior world. Turner founded Quake Studio in 2013, with a vision to provoke intellectual and visual curiosity by synthesizing organic forms with industrial design.

Working with a variety of locally sourced materials, including steel, cedar, marble and aluminum, her practice reinterprets natural occurring formations and histories into sculptural functional objects.

Her work has been collected by the Canadian Government and private collectors in Canada and the USA.

Turner has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and Interior Design Degree from Humber College, Etobicoke, Ontario. She practiced commercial and residential interior design for 25 years before founding Quake Studio to create a venue for her art practice.

Turner lives and works in Vancouver, BC