Biography & Statement
I am an entirely self-taught wood worker (furniture maker) residing in North Vancouver. Although I rarely had the opportunity of working with wood before coming to Vancouver, BC in 1991, I had the experience of helping my parents building and upgrading our houses which gave me the familiarity of working with tools and the sense of creativity. My interest for crafting and designing furniture began when making furniture for our home. I draw inspiration from local environment and enjoy working with woods of the Pacific North West wilderness and urban forest. In 2005 I started my own studio in Vancouver. Fueled by an abundance of knowledge and inspiration from other fellow woodworkers in the area, my passion for designing and making contemporary furniture has grown even more.
Woodworking gives me the chance to transform and prolong the existence of what once were beautiful living trees. It also offers me the opportunity to express myself by combining the warmth and beauty of woods and contemporary designs.
Enrique Morales, the name behind Vancouver’s Madera Fina Furniture, creates beautiful furnishings that combine rustic, un-edited nature with smooth, refined furniture designs. Residing in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Enrique has access to the expansive woods of the area for inspiration. As a craftsman he is entire self-taught, and I can see a clear sense of play and exploration in his pieces.
Madera Fina Studio Furniture produces a number of different handmade items, all incorporating different types of wood and different styles of working. I enjoy looking at the pieces where ultra-modern style meets the random, bumpy appearance of natural wood. Enrique’s website – www.maderafinafurniture.com – is full of examples of this sensibility, where modern meets rustic. Alongside larger pieces such as coffee tables and consoles, you can find a range of jewelry boxes that are as visually appealing as the jewelry pieces that might eventually go inside them.