Hi Pat! Thanks for meeting with us. How long have you been in industrial design?
I’ve been working in Industrial Design since I graduated in 2011, but for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be working in this field.
Where did you do your studies in design?
I did my undergrad at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and while I was there, I did an exchange to Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin in Germany.
So, why did you decide to go into Industrial Design?
As a kid, I was always building and making “things” and solving problems with my hands and when I discovered that you could do this for a living, I was sold.
What kind of projects have you been working on?
Recently, I have been focused on making innovative furniture solutions that make use of BC’s wood resources.
What would you like to accomplish in the field of Industrial Design?
I would like my work to contribute to the establishment of an industry focused on the local manufacture of design solutions made from BC wood. This is just the now, but in the future I would like to work in a field where technology and natural resources come together as objects to re-define the way we live, learn and grow.
What is your favorite project you’ve done and why?
To date, one of my favorite projects is my graduation project from Emily Carr, which was a rigid framed wheel chair made from wood. Being in school, we had the time and resources to really push the boundaries on this project. We were able to design and manufacture all the components ourself, and bring them together in a package that reflected the extensive research carried out during the project.
What’s the story behind this wheelchair?
The Avanti K3 is an aesthetically driven re-design of the wheelchair, looking at disability from a social model versus a medical model. We wanted to create a design reflective of more than just the direct physical needs of a wheelchair user, but their emotional and aspirational needs. We wanted to push our design into the realm of furniture, looking more at the relation the object has with its user and their living environments. Much of our inspiration came from bent wood furniture made famous by Charles and Ray Eames. The final design was tailored to suit a users professional and social environments.
Who (or perhaps what) do you draw your inspiration from?
Skyscrapers, mountainscapes, life as a kid, and my view of the sky and the ocean from my apartment in Kitsilano.
What was your favorite toy growing up?
The sandbox, a shovel, construction paper, glue, scrap wood and nails.
What would your ultimate kid’s room look like?
A space full of objects made from natural materials sourced locally where possible. Logs, wood furniture and objects, brightly colored walls painted with zero VOC paint, eco flooring, lots of natural light and big smiles :)
We loved learning about your projects. Where can our readers see more of your work?
Pat Christie is an industrial designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. To learn more about his company and portfolio, visit his website: Daly Company. You can also check out Pat's portfolio from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.