Chatham-Kent's very own JM Fry Furniture Design was selected among entrants from across Canada to be awarded coveted space in the Toronto Interior Design Show Studio North & Prototype section. Studio North & Prototype is the marketplace to find custom work and limited-edition collections and is available to a limited number of emerging designers who present innovative and dynamic designs.
The show ran over four action-packed days starting January 17, 2019 and attracted record attendance from both exhibitors and the public. The event promotes rising design talents and attracts keynote speakers of international acclaim, making it the must-see event of the year for established and emerging design.
“We got back Sunday night after an absolute whirlwind of a week,” said Rose Linseman, Co-founder, JM Fry Furniture Design. “The Interior Design Show was inspirational and it was fantastic to be selected to showcase our work amongst the exceptional talent that was on display.”
In addition to showcasing a signature piece from the JM Fry Carbon collection, the owners were able to make some valuable business connections and network.
“While we are designing and building pieces that have interest from national and international clients, it’s not every day that we are able to attend an event of this calibre,” said John Fry, Co-founder. “Our Spalted Maple Carbon chair was a hit and opened a lot of doors to different conversations.”
JM Fry Furniture Design is a graduate of the Chatham-Kent Small Business Starter Company Plus Program. “John and Rose approached me about the Toronto Design show back in 2018 and I fully supported them in applying,” said Rosemarie Montgomery, Business Consultant for the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre. “When they told me they had won a limited spot in the Prototype section, I knew that they would be a wonderful representation of the kinds of ground-breaking design coming from Chatham-Kent.”
“I think what helps us stay on top is the fact that went it comes to our business, we are working on it and thinking about it twenty-four, seven,” said Linseman. “Even after the show would wrap up for the day, we would carry the conversations into dinner and then work into the evening. It’s our passion.”
When asked if they hope to attend next year, Linseman said, “It would be fantastic to make this an annual trip, as long as it makes sense for us to continue to reach that audience. Our future is wide and open and it’s exciting.”
Recently JM Fry Furniture Design moved to their new location 264 King St West, Chatham where you can see the Carbon chair along with other unique pieces, such as the Element couch. For more information about JM Fry, please visit their website.
The JM Fry Spalted Maple Carbon chair featuring hand-stitched leather.
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