Spotlight: Sabina Hill

Posted by Rumin Mann
October 14th, 2011

Sabina Hill is a Vancouver-based contemporary design studio specializing in art and custom furniture. In collaboration with First Nations artists, Sabina creates limited edition furniture and art pieces that reflect the rich mythology of the Northwest Coast. Sabina has several exclusive collections that feature a variety of design work, and she also does commission pieces for residential and hospitality clients. Her work includes dining tables, coffee tables, sofas, ottomans, beds, and wall panels.

Born in Vancouver, Sabina’s deep-rooted connection with the Northwest Coast is woven into her iconic body of work. With a career that spans three decades, Sabina has collaborated with a variety of designers and manufacturers. Her background in architecture and interior design offers a unique perspective that is evident in her contemporary approach to design.

In 2008, Sabina travelled with BC Wood to England for 100% Design London, representing the Best of BC Furniture Designers at this prestigious show. This trade event introduced her work to an international audience and solidified her relationships with fellow BC Wood members Brent Comber, Judson Beaumont and Michael Trayler. Later that year, Sabina’s work was acquired by the Royal Ontario Museum, an impressive feat for any designer. In 2009, she was nominated for Western Living’s furniture designer of the year and was labeled “One to Watch”. At this year’s IDS West event, Sabina unveiled the Thunderbird Chair, the first piece in the Harvest Collection.

The Harvest Collection is about gathering materials from the earth and incorporating all parts of that bounty into our daily life. The Thunderbird Chair represents a new direction for the designer as she introduces soft goods into her Northwest Coast style. This limited edition chair features the exclusive art of First Nations artist Andy Everson. The chair is made of solid walnut, ebonized inlays and hand-sewn Italian leather with diamond tufted detailing.

This season, Sabina Hill is introducing tanned salmon skins into her work. By integrating elements of this unique material into her functional art pieces, she is adding layers of texture, colour and luxury to her designs.

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