Mike Randall is a modern lighting designer and studio furniture maker with a west coast modernist style. He creates unique pieces that are influenced by his love of clean lines and curved forms. He frequently integrates metal into his designs to provide stunning contrasts in colour and texture.
Mike’s philosophy for Kurva Design is to produce beautiful functional pieces made with sustainability in mind. To that end, Mike focuses on using materials and finishes that are sustainable and eco-friendly, and wherever possible, he uses the services of other local businesses in his endeavours, whether it is for buying timber or metal, or seeking out supporting services for running Kurva Design. By using only North American woods in his designs, he dramatically reduces the carbon footprint of his products. The use of LEDs in his lighting projects reduces the end user's energy bill and the 'home friendly' finishes and glues that do not off gas, are also significant benefits to his clients and the environment. Mike’s vision for the future is to become a renowned Canadian lighting designer, blending the beauty of wood and metal with the most up to date and energy conscious lighting technologies available. He envisions his other furniture design series complimenting his lighting in any given space.
Mike’s lighting designs have been featured on the Prototype Stage at IDSwest 2015, and in the Furniture Society booth at IDS Vancouver 2016. His Bow Lamp was featured at the Victoria Arts Council exhibition ‘VictoriaNOW' at the Atrium, where it won the Best in Fine Craft award. It also featured in the oneTree Exhibition 2015, an exhibition organized by Live Edge Design in Duncan and the Robert Bateman Center in Victoria. All artists created their pieces for this exhibition with wood from one local Western Maple tree. Another oneTree is planned for the end of 2017. Mike will again have work featured there.
The Bow Lamp has been written up in the Globe and Mail (Oct 2015) and YAM Magazine (Mar/Apr 2017). It was also selected as a finalist in the 2017 Architizer Awards+ in the Decorative Lighting category.
Mike’s other work has been displayed at several exhibitions including the Furniture Society’s 2014 exhibition ‘Rooted’ in Port Townsend USA. His ‘Kurva Chair’ was featured in an article in the October 2013 issue of Canadian Woodworking magazine entitled ‘Canadian Made Seating’.
Mike is a graduate of the Fine Furniture Program at Camosun College (2011) and founded Kurva Design in the fall of 2012. His ‘past lives’ have included careers as a professional skipper of power and sail boats, and in forestry. Born and raised in the UK, he came to Canada in 1999. He currently resides in Victoria, BC, with his wife and two children.
Kurva is a Swedish word meaning bend, or arc. The name Kurva Design reflects Mike’s love of both curved design and the Swedish country style of simple, clean, modern lines.