Troy Smith's post-industrial rebar furniture designs
A hot summer day among the lush foliage of Chorley Park in Rosedale Toronto. A pick-up truck rolls in, stacked to the top with hundreds of pounds of highly polished, vibrantly colored, rebar steel furniture. The next few hours have us trekking through the city, fighting mid-day traffic, from mid-town to Cityplace, to Corktown in the east end. The end result, a catalogue shoot displaying the pieces in settings most appropriate to their source of inspiration, the newly developing high-rise, glass steel and concrete portions of the central city.
I met Toronto interior and furniture designer Troy Smith through a mutual acquaintance, a man who was my mentor at the time and who back my first few ventures in the art world. The fruits of our efforts from that day hopefully served to boost the profile of an emerging Toronto artist, his work receiving first mention in the Azure Dispatch from the Interior Design Show.