Back to Traditional Techniques – Furniture Handcrafted by Kate Duncan

For Kate Duncan, the idea of strong, high-quality handmade furniture made using traditional joinery techniques has opened up the whole world of furniture design. Based in Toronto, Duncan works from her studio to produce bold heirloom-quality furniture. Each piece is handmade using traditional techniques, using only North American hardwoods which are responsibly sourced, as well as original solid brass hardware and leather accents. Without factoring in the beautiful design, the crafting process alone makes these valuable works of art that are sure to stand the test of time.

Heavily influenced by the Brutalist movement, characterised by large, monolithic and block shapes, Duncan’s furniture pieces all have a strong, bold look with rich colours thanks to her keen eye for selecting the right kind of wood. They are the ideal statement pieces to give a contemporary but still handmade edge to any space. Just by looking at the grouping here, Duncan’s signature craftsmanship is evident throughout her whole collection and I have to applaud her dedicated effort toward keeping the traditional ways of making furniture alive.

Coinciding with the characteristics of the Brutalist movement, the luxury Ribbed Credenza features a bold structure with strong lines. Duncan has used solid hardwood and opulent leather finishes for this furniture piece. It is ideal for dining rooms, studies and lounges with darker, richer interiors.

Duncan’s expertly crafted Ribbed Bed features a bold structure and prominent lines. This impressive piece mixes the old with the new in solid wood dovetailed drawers and modern soft-close slides. Floating nightstands with leather veneer drawer fronts make this piece an absolute investment. The Ribbed Bed also features a hidden drawer within a drawer. It’s the ideal piece of furniture for any luxury bedroom.

The refined Ribbed Writing Desk is crafted from North American hardwoods. It features a luxurious leather veneer top, using exceptional joinery. This solid desk has a drawer in the front which is done up with dovetails, and a leather veneer bottom, as well as a pencil tray which makes this piece highly functional. It is the perfect addition to any working space.

The Debra Credenza is solid and sturdy, made from North American hardwoods and traditional joinery. This luxurious piece features stunning doors and drawers that offer plenty of space. The Debra Credenza will suit bedrooms, dining rooms and offices in richer tones.