Studio Lulo’s founder Jose Navarrete is a creative self-starter. After moving to Canada in 2006, he started working as a draftsman in a furniture factory, sneaking into the frame shop and upholstery room to observe workers take raw materials, process them, and watch what he had drafted a few days ago materialize into a finished product. In 2014, Jose decided that he wanted to make his own designs so he drew some sketches, prepared the 3D CAD models, made a cardboard model for visualization, and had the parts of the frame cut in a CNC machine. After completing his first chair, he enjoyed the process so much that it became motivation to keep making more and more, that’s when he started Studio Lulo.
For one of his more recent creations, the Fusion Stool, Jose used layers of laser cut plywood to build out the form instead of milling a block of solid wood to reduce material waste. Each section of the stool is precision cut, and once all the pieces were stacked into a cascading shapes, the stool was then sanded down and smoothed into one organic, fluid form.
During production Jose enjoys getting everything done locally: “You get to see and be involved in the manufacturing process, which is crucial for us so we can make sure the quality is beyond our client’s expectations. You also speed up your project timelines since you don’t have to wait too long for items to be shipped.” By jumping into new fabrication processes it has improved not only production but also how the business runs from marketing materials to design research. To see more of Jose’s beautiful work visit the Studio Lulo website.
Images Via: Studio Lulo – photographer Jose Navarrete