The Artist

Burns Jennings Custom Art Furniture started business in 1999 and is located on tranquil Bowen Island, one hour from Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia. Jennings, a graduate from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and Environmental Studies, uses his background to design and build high quality, environmentally responsible furniture. Jennings carefully considers form and function and uses distinctive materials to enhance all furniture styles. The materials, some locally harvested and milled, others recycled, found or reclaimed combined with quality joinery help produce inspired pieces of functional art furniture. Burns works collaboratively with clients to design pieces to suit their unique aesthetic. The quality of his craftsmanship, attention to detail, and passion for solid design will be evident upon delivery.

Artist Statement

As a keen observer of the natural environment and built forms around me, I am often drawn to the way one inspires the other. I strive to design furniture that will inspire private and public spaces leaving people feeling more creative and contented. I am a University of Victoria graduate with a Double Major in Visual Arts and Environmental Studies. I use my educational background to design fine furniture incorporating environmentally superior materials and practices. As an artist I am always growing and exploring the connections between form and function. I am inspired to create visually impactful pieces of functional art that incorporate appealing forms using locally harvested or found materials and utilize traditional and modern joinery techniques. The process from the design stage through the final construction is often fluid where the materials and construction processes influence the final result. This fluid design process allows me to explore more options and work with the material to expose its natural beauty. I work in many styles from driftwood sculptures to contemporary clean inspired lines. I enjoy working directly with clients to understand their preferences and incorporate them effectively into the design. My hope is that my work will reflect my clients’ unique aesthetics, and will be treasured for generations.

Testimonials

"We are very happy with the door the Burns designed and built for the main entrance to our home. With a mix of hand crafted wood and glass design, it is a unique work of art as well as a well functioning door. It makes a huge difference to our experience of home to have such a beautiful door. Burns was receptive, reliable and creative person to work with – including our ideas in the project and also bringing his own creativity and experience. We highly recommend working with Burns Jennings."

Caitlin Frost and Chris Corrigan

"Burns has created four pieces of custom art furniture for my wife and I. We are absolutely delighted with each piece. The process of designing the pieces with Burns was very satisfying and, frankly, a lot of fun. Burns and I used Facetime on our phones to setup a video link between my home in Nanaimo and Burn’s workshop on Bowen Island. Burns could see the space where the piece was going to be placed and was able to absorb and incorporate that into his design. I was able to watch the piece progress and offer feedback as if I was standing in his shop. Burns made sure that every detail was considered. The final products are a seamless blend of form and function. We have spent a considerable amount of time admiring the beautiful quality of the craftsmanship, but the really cool thing is that the rooms in which these pieces live “feel” better. I guess that is the art part. If you are looking for beautiful and organic custom art furniture created in a timely and consultative manner, Burns is the artist for you. Gotta have a Burns Jennings!"

Christopher Churchill

"“Having seen Burns’ work displayed elsewhere on Bowen Island, we initially contacted him to make a new live edge shelf for the display of a native art etching. We also enquired about possible wall display options for our kitchen, for which he ultimately created a unique burl maple wall plaque. Both works have proven to be stunning in their execution. Burns demonstrated a professional approach to the projects while possessing a strong creative vision. He was very supportive of incorporating our input and we are pleased to provide our recommendation.” Regards, "

Fred and Linda Wagner

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