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 Vancouver grown English Walnut Matte Black steel bases 31" x 36" x 79"
Artist: Benjamin McLaughlin Vancouver grown Black Walnut, hazy blue resin, custom steel bases.
Artist: Benjamin McLaughlin Vancouver grown English Walnut & Blue tinted bio resin
Artist: Benjamin McLaughlin BC Empress Jade & Canadian Maple 12.5" x 50" x 28.5" Designers Benjamin McLaughlin & Dean Coultier of Vancouver Jade Co.
Artist: Benjamin McLaughlin Vancouver Grown English Walnut & Resin 17.5" x 24" x 44"
Artist: Benjamin McLaughlin Live Edge' Butternut Barn style Door (local to Vancouver)
Artist: Benjamin McLaughlin Vancouver grown Black Walnut, Whale Blue bio resin, Peruvian Walnut bases. 18" x 22" x 44"