Newfoundland’s award winning Fogo Island Inn now has a furniture collection.
Details: Designers Elaine Fortin and Ineke Hans travelled to Fogo Island between 2011 and 2013 to immerse themselves in the islandâs unique culture to familiarize themselves with its traditional culture, motifs, materials and craftsmanship. Inspired by the familiar, handmade forms they worked closely with skilled local artisans to create the contemporary pieces – from side tables to dining chairs to sconces and hangers – in the 70-piece collection. Profits from both the Inn and its furniture sales are all reinvested back into the community, supporting the wellbeing of one of Canadaâs oldest rural communities. The collection is produced by KLAUS by NienkÃ¤mper.
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“Fogo Island Inn and the Fogo Island Shop in Newfoundland Canada, have partnered with KLAUS by NienkÃ¤mper, Canadaâs longest-running design showroom to bring international distribution to the distinctive line of furniture and accessories of Fogo Island Inn.
INTERNATIONAL DESIGN, LOCAL CRAFTSMANSHIP Fogo Island Inn, designed by architect Todd Saunders has received multiple prestigious international design and tourism awards since opening in June 2013. Its interior furnishings and accessoriesâeverything from side tables to dining chairs to sconces and hangersâwere custom designed by internationally lauded designers from Canada and Europe. The designers travelled to Fogo Island between 2011 and 2013 to immerse themselves in the islandâs unique culture and to familiarize themselves with its traditional culture, motifs, materials and craftsmanship. They worked closely with skilled local artisans to create contemporary pieces that draw on familiar, handmade forms.
Until now, these pieces were only available to visitors to Fogo Island. In establishing a retail partnership with KLAUS, Fogo Island Shop will now be able to meet wider demand for these handmade items. This demand has been fueled in part by guestsâ firsthand experience of the beautiful objects in the suites and public spaces at the Fogo Island Inn, and in part by international media coverage about the Inn.
A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE Fogo Island Inn is operated by a trust whose beneficiary is the Shorefast Foundation, a federally registered charity of Canada. The mandate of Shorefast is the cultural and economic wellbeing of the local community.
The furniture and accessories are made on Fogo Island and sales contribute to the Shorefast Foundationâs social-enterprise business model. Surpluses from both the Inn and The Fogo Island Shop will be reinvested by the Foundation back into Fogo Island and Change Islands, supporting the wellbeing of one of Canadaâs oldest rural communities.
Zita Cobb, President of Shorefast Foundation and founding Innkeeper says: ‘We built the Inn in the same way that a bird would lovingly build its nest with the greatest care for every piece of straw. In our furniture and quilts, you can feel the presence of the people who made them, the influence of their ancestors and the vision of our designers.’
‘These unique pieces have all the hallmarks of truly contemporary heritage pieces,’ says Klaus NienkÃ¤mper. ‘What attracted me to this collection was the concept of these skilled craftsmen, essentially boat builders, expertly crafting furniture from their native materials. Itâs exciting to be able to bring this furniture folklore to life and to the presence of our design world.'”