Brothers Dressler are a design duo based in Toronto specialising in one-of-a-kind production. The brothers work on projects ranging from furniture and lighting to special commissions, with a commitment to using found, reclaimed and locally sourced materials.
“Our design process uses as much of each material as possible, giving cut-offs and waste streams new life as creative new products.”
In 2012, they were commissioned to create a shop facade for the fitness wear brand Lululemon at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. The 35,788 wood pieces were offcuts from previous projects worked on in the Dressler workshop and came together to form a mosaic resembling a pixelated leaf image across the Lululemon store front.
The project used more than 20 different species of wood and the story behind each batch has been meticulously recorded on their website. To highlight a few, the salvaged cherry wood pieces were taken from an abandoned storage locker, black walnut from the workshop bins had originally come from trees fallen during storms and the coloured wood was sourced from a 16ft diameter tanning barrel. The duo also created a chandelier for the store which was made from beaver-chewed sticks found floating in Lake Manitouwabing.
Images via Brothers Dressler