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One to Watch: Autonomous Furniture Collective

This Victoria-based furniture company is reinventing the forest-to-table dining experience.

(Photo: Lillie Louise Major.)
(Photo: Lillie Louise Major.)

Think of Autonomous as the farm-to-table of…well, tables. The woods they use for their rustic-modern pieces are rooted in B.C. and selected with a sense of place in mind—and designers and co-founders Jodie Webb and Kirk Van Ludwig keep much of their inspiration local, too. Memories of Stanley Park and the ’70s modernism movement in Vancouver make appearances in their work, via concrete wood and hot-rolled steel (just look at the CB1 table, which mixes clean-lined acrylic and natural Western maple with modern angles). “Our customers are looking for a piece of West Coast lifestyle,” says Van Ludwig.

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With its '70s-inspired acrylic legs, the CB1 table, made from B.C. maple, redefines the natural furniture movement.
With its ’70s-inspired acrylic legs, the CB1 table, made from B.C. maple, redefines the natural furniture movement.
The industrial-chic Kai dining bench focuses on balance and proportions.
The industrial-chic Kai dining bench highlights balance and proportions.
Vancouver Island-sourced, naturally, the 192 table, made of concrete and spalted maple, only gets better with age.
Vancouver Island-sourced, naturally, the 192 table, made of concrete and spalted maple, ages as gracefully as its source wood.

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