The man who practically coined the phrase Generation X with his 1991 novel of the same name is now turning his attentions toward furniture design. Douglas Coupland, in a collaboration with SwitzerCultCreative, has designed four colorful pieces with a modern Asian influence.
Canadian author Coupland first introduced his line of furniture at the Interior Design Show in Toronto in January. Called "Douglas Coupland for SwitzerCultCreative," the collection consists of a desk, chair, lamp and bookshelves. It may seem like an odd disconnect between writer and designer but Coupland actually studied art, sculpture and design at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, European Design Institute in Milan and the Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Sapporo, Japan. Coupland then worked as a designer in Tokyo before returning to Canada and eventually writing Generation X and a dozen other novels. He also created a collection of all things Canadiana in an exhibit called Canada House
back in 2004.
From the Bento Box Escritoire, shown here in The Paint Box Escritoire style, to the Osaka Bookshelves, there's a definite Asian influence in the designs. The bookshelves are inspired by similar shelves that survived the 1995 Osaka earthquake. The lamp was also inspired by Coupland's affection for Japan. The check design mimics a pattern Coupland saw in Kyoto's Ryoan-ji Temple in 1986.
Get all the details on Douglas Coupland's furniture collection at SwitzerCultCreative