About Judson Beaumont

Judson Beaumont

Judson Beaumont, Designer

Judson Beaumont was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1960. He came to Vancouver, BC to study art at Capilano College, completing his studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. He graduated from their 3-D department in 1985 and that same year founded Straight Line Designs Inc., creating one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and commissions.

“When I was young, I used to think that in order to design and build anything; one had to get a set of instructions from a book or a magazine. I always assumed that someone else had to come up with the ideas and then you were supposed to build it that way.

“I guess that is why most furniture looks the way it does.” Mr. Beaumont continues, “In my first sculpture class in Art School I learned quite the opposite. I asked my instructor what it was that I should make, and his response was to do whatever I wanted. It did not matter whether it was a good or a bad idea; it was important to just try and do something different. Art school was a good influence; it made me look at things differently.”

Judson continues, “From that day on I never looked at building the same. I had a new focus: to design and build differently. I started with minimalist shapes that slowly transformed into functional furniture. My early furniture pieces were simple in form and shape for I was not a good builder. The more confident I became, the more unusual my ideas became.”

“My rule is: if you can draw and design it, you can build it. I love it when someone tells me that, ‘You cannot build that’ or ‘No one would want that’. These words only encourage me more.”

With passion for ‘something different’, Judson is always searching for new ways to make people question the objects around them. The challenge is to design pieces that are new, inspiring and always highly functional. “A person must dare to drift away from the tried and true in order to give a piece energy and interest. Be influenced and inspired by the norm, and then challenge it, change it, melt it, stretch it, alter it for the better” says Judson.

Judson has always striven to push the limits, try different things. He questions everything and takes it to the next level through functionality or bending the rules. Taking a different path with something that has been done over and over again, Judson incorporates a sense of uniqueness to his designs; proving that anything is possible and that ideas are limitless.

Judson has donated many pieces to charitable organizations including Arts Umbrella, the Vancouver Art Gallery, BC Guide Dog Services, AIDS Vancouver and BC Children’s Hospital. In addition to his donations, Judson takes time out of work to give talks and slide show presentations to students of all ages as well as design professionals. He is an active member of BC Wood, Woodlinks and the Furniture Society and a regular speaker at woodworking related workshops at BCIT.

10 responses to “About Judson Beaumont

  1. Sou apaixonada por artes e entrei por acaso no link, justamente por procurar uma idéia semelhante a que estou desenvolvendo.
    Maravilhoso conhecer um trabalho regado de tanta força e determinação, espero que eu também consiga alcançar meu objetivos e obter resultados tão espetaculares.

  2. HOLA ME LLAMO ISABEL ME GUSTA EL TRABAJO QUE USTED HACE QUIERO PONER UNA TIENDA DE MUEBLES PERO QUE SEAN DIFERENTES Y ORIGINALES QUISIERA SABER SI VENDE TAMBIEN A OTROS PAISES PUES ESTOY INTERESADA Y ME GUSTARIA VENDER SUS PRODUCTOS EN ESPAÑA .GRACIAS.

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  4. impressed

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  6. I just purchased my first 14″ band saw and was refered to your work via a facebook friend. Wow. Very inspirational work Sir. Can’t wait to see more.

  7. Rosivette Torres Rivera

    Saludos. Quisiera comprar sus muebles de minnie mouse y crayolas. Usted tiene algun catalogo que pueda enviarme. De que manera puedo comprar productos que me interesan. Gracias por su tiempo

    • Hi there

      That’s excellent. Feel free to email me at sldesigns@telus.net for pricing and more information. The Mickey and Minnie cabinets were a commission from Disney so Judson is not able to rebuild them. However, if you would like a piece along the same theme with a different design we can surely get in touch and talk about that.

      Thanks again :)

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