“Escritoires are elegant,” Coupland remarks about the piece that served as the starting point of his collection, “…with one flip of a lid I can conceal mountains of crap inside while everyone looking on thinks I’m this really together, stylish person.” Coupland tells Wallpaper* that, “My writing can be split into fiction and non-fiction, and the same can be said about my visual work. Design is simply the non-fiction version of art.” He prefers to gravitate towards the Japanese design approach when it comes to materials, saying that the combination of colors “puts my brain in a really happy place.”
Sharing a commitment with the Vancouver-based firm SwitzerCultCreative to make sustainable products, Coupland incorporates locally derived maple plywood from his home in British Columbia, locally sourced cowhide leather for the seats, linings, and finishing details, and 24 karat gold leaf in his designs principles.
Switching gears from the written word to decorative art was hardly a shot in the dark for the established novelist. Coupland trained as a designer at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design with a focus in sculpture before going on to study at the Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Sapporo, Japan in the 1980s, where he became fond of the Asian aesthetic. In addition to thirteen novels, Coupland has published two collections of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television.