Benjamin McLaughlin is a practicing industrial designer in Vancouver, British Columbia and the Director of Communications for Mountain Galleries (with locations in Whistler, Jasper, Banff, Stratford). He studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design for several years before emigrating to Canada, where he received his Bachelor of Industrial Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. This geographic and cultural transition greatly informed his perspective and approach to the creative process.
For the last decade, McLaughlin has been exploring the tonal properties of dozens of wood species while developing innovative ways to integrate them into musical furniture. The ‘Ubuntu: Sound Resonating Furniture’ project strives to enrich communal spaces with the inherent curiosity of his designs, natural beauty of the hardwoods and therapeutic tonal qualities.
His current collection of furniture designs draw on his industrial design education, combining the natural beauty of locally grown hardwoods with an organic polymer, striving to create pieces with a timeless beauty. Each piece of wood is carefully hand selected to maximize grain character and figuring.
Frequent alpine adventures in the lush, coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest and Cascade mountain range continue to provide an abundance of energy and inspiration for his wood based design work. He considers himself a lifelong learner, delving deeply into the creative process while cultivating a constant state of fluidity within his work and life.
McLaughlin’s drums and furniture have been exhibited in International Galleries, included in artist talks, and written about in several publications.
Artist Benjamin McLaughlin 30" x 16" x 78" Vancouver grown English Walnut and wave effect resin
Artist Benjamin McLaughlin 48" Diameter mounted via french cleat Vancouver grown English Walnut and Emerald green resin. Matte Gold frame
Artist Benjamin McLaughlin 18" x 22" x 44" Vancouver grown English Walnut, frost bio resin
Artist Benjamin McLaughlin 20.5" x 12.5" x 24.5" Vancouver grown Black Walnut and frosted bio
Artist Benjamin McLaughlin 18" diameter, 18"H Vancouver grown English Walnut and Black pigmented resin
Artist Benjamin McLaughlin 36" x 36" x 18" Vancouver grown Black Walnut, Black pigmented resin
Artist Benjamin Mclaughlin Vancouver grown English Walnut, Willow, Maple, pigmented resin, Aluminum bars $2,600
Artist Benjamin McLaughlin Vancouver grown English Walnut and custom pigmented resin Custom steel base 30"H x 16.5"W x 60"l $6,800