Furniture, Mixed Media, Sculpture

McLaughlin, Ben

About the artist
Benjamin McLaughlin is a practicing Industrial Designer in Vancouver, Canada and the Communications Director for Mountain Galleries (locations: Whistler, Jasper, Banff). He studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, for several years before emigrating to Canada, where he received a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His Ubuntu: Sound Resonating Furniture pieces encourage interaction within a communal space. Adapting characteristics from Ancient African Drums, they use consistent language and aesthetic to create a design with functionality, longevity and an inherent curiosity.  He explores the opportunity to combine two separate entities; sound and furniture into one design. The work is intended to create a discourse around the material selection and explore the cultural richness of African drumming.  The ongoing project continues to explore the individuals experience through feeling and emotion to further celebrate movement and personal creativity across generations. McLaughlin’s drums have been exhibited in International Galleries, included in artist talks, and written about in several publications. 

"Optimizing life's inefficiencies through design"

Map Code: C3
1295 Frances St
Vancouver , BC