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Geof Ramsay’s studio overlooks the harbour in Saint John, New Brunswick. Each day, he watches as ships arrive in port and others disappear into the Atlantic. As with any designer, his surroundings are an important influence. And it’s been his mission to incorporate the Maritimes vernacular — the way his home looks and feels — into contemporary housewares and furniture since establishing his eponymous practice in 2009 and the label Harbour in 2016.

For instance, the Compound bowl, exhibited at DesignTO in January, is composed of two converging aluminum ellipses, forming a third object-holding compartment at their intersection. The gesture — “between stillness and motion,” Ramsay says — was inspired by stroboscopic...

How Designer Geof Ramsay is Reinventing the Maritime Vernacular One Object at a Time

From vessels to tables, the New Brunswick creative is updating Atlantic Canada’s tropes.

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