Block Mosaic

In 2012 we collaborated with the Lululemon Design team led by Emily Robin and Quadrangle Architects to add some unique elements to their new store at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto. From our initial concept we designed and built the storefront facade along with a unique art installation, a chandelier made with beaver chewed sticks and a water feature within the store.


 

YEAR OF DESIGN

2012

 

MATERIALS

Douglas fir
White pine
Cherry
Black walnut
Maple
Elm
Ash
Beech
White oak
Red oak
Mahogany
Hemlock
Osage orange
Red cedar
Yew

STOREFRONT QUICK FACTS:

35,788 pieces

Size of pieces: 
1-3/4” x 1-3/4”

Storefront size
23  feet tall x 25
feet wide with  
12x6 foot doorway.

20 plus different  
species of wood

 

THE STOREFRONT

The front facade and entrance is a mosaic crafted from 35,788 wooden blocks made from a variety of woods salvaged from the collected history of the Brothers Dressler workshop. Inspired by our photograph of a fallen leaf, the palette is comprised of all the natural colours of these woods pixelated into the image. This mosaic embodies the history of these woods from tree to beam to stave to lumber and everything in between. An historic mixture that spans years and even centuries. The trimmed ends of solid wood tables, staves of a 16 foot diameter barrel, portions of an old Toronto school, shipping pallets, submerged beams and off cuts from countless other furniture pieces come together in their true colours to begin another chapter of their story.