Lech Podgorski is a name that every
discriminating designer who seeks quality and craftsmanship knows. Originally
from Poland, Lech calls Port Coquitlam home to his custom workshop.
Moving from painting to creating custom
furniture was a natural extension of Lech’s desire to create the final product
to the standards he desired. Specializing in unique finishes such as parchment,
shagrin, exquisite woods, stains and inlay of precious materials such as
metals, horn and shell, his work reflects the Art Deco period while retaining a
modern approach to design.
In June, Axis Decorativ Arts, Howe St. Vancouver
hosted a display of his work. Opening night was attended by a bevy of local
design mavens including Robert Leddingham. It is always a pleasure to see what
Lech has been up to and what new things we can expect.In September, Lech anticipates another
showing at Axis. and some pieces will be at the Axis booth at IDS West.
As an innovator, Lech routinely challenges what
can be done with wood.He will try many
different cuts on a piece to create that unique finish. Personally, I love his
quilted maple which is unlike anything I have seen anywhere else. Inlays
provide a way to create unusual surfaces. Shell is available in a stunning
array of colours, textures and even shaped to create tile style patterns and
these will soon find a place in his new work.
There is a catalogue of work on his website that
will give you a sense of his design aesthetic. As a master craftsman, he works
closely with decorators and designers to help them deliver their own creations
as well. If you wish a piece you can ask you decorator to have him create the
perfect piece for you space.
Examples of his work are at the Seattle Design
Centre at Terris Draheim or in Toronto at Industrial Storm.
Or visit: http://www.lechdesign.com