“Growing up in Québec, one cannot help but form a deep emotional bond with nature; a bond with the trees, the earth, wildlife, and waters. My designs contain the essence of a unique heritage. This is found in their grain figure, fragrance and colouring.” - E.R. St-Louis
Designers are not born, they are forged by melding engineering and art. Both E.R. and his father were granted U.S. patents for machinery designs, his Swedish mother, herself an accomplished artist, grew up in a family of weavers, steel and wood sculptors provided a strong artistic influence.
E.R. St-Louis works with natural materials, mostly salvaged wood and metal, to bring to life individual pieces. Each piece is the result of combining the unique natural beauty of different wood species and the strength and stability of steel with as little human intrusion as possible.
"What you won’t find in my atelier is waste. Every piece of raw material is used either in furniture, sculpture or other small form factor type projects. Small projects are no less beautiful. In simple unobtrusive design, the unguarded beauty is often found in the intimate details of a smaller form factor. I try to show respect for each of the materials, be they renewable or not.
I cannot fall a tree just to harvest a few boards, that to me seems almost criminal. I like to focus on a tree's many scars and features because, in those details, you find the true beauty of that tree. I prefer to highlight rather than hide the unique marks of the workers who were part of the harvesting process. My pieces often include rough mill-saw blade marks or chainsaw nicks." - E.R. St-Louis