Melanie Hamilton designs furniture with strength and style in mind.
“I use solid wood and traditional joinery to create heirloom-quality pieces that reflect a mid-century/modern influence,” she says. A multi-faceted artist, educator and photographer, Hamilton studied furniture design at the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. But a six-year stint in St. John’s, Newfoundland gave the New Brunswick-born artist the chance to explore the craft in depth and develop her own unique style. She joined a wood turner’s guild and became a member of the Craft Council of Newfoundland, exhibiting her work in juried exhibitions, including the recent group show Wood.
The enduring tradition of sealing and contemporary life in Newfoundland inspired Hamilton’s design of the Nfld Chair. She crafted the piece from solid Ontario walnut and Newfoundland sealskin using mortis and tenon joinery and a hand-rubbed Danish oil finish. “It’s important to create pieces that are strong designs but I like keeping it simple and functional,” she says. She is currently based in Ontario while her husband completes a two-year fellowship at the University of Toronto. But Hamilton plans on returning to Atlantic Canada and is currently studying furniture design at Sheridan College in Toronto.