"Kino Guerin is a master at bending a rigid material to get this beautiful flow and movement. It is not easy to do. These pieces look as if they are effortless, but they are technically very hard. He creates an elegance. A beautiful, lyrical flow. There is nothing common about these pieces. Kino Guerin distinguishes himself from everyone else making furniture today."
American craft and design expert,
Washington Bellevue Arts Museum
About | Kino Guerin
“I like challenges. I gave myself one a few years ago, one that would become my leitmotiv: From now on, I would make furniture with a unique piece of wood, no legs, no crossbars or supports. leitmotiv: From now on, I would make furniture with a unique piece of wood, no legs, no crossbars or supports.
Of course, there is not only one piece but several very thin layers glued one over the other so as to be able to bend the whole piece. To simplify, let’s take a wooden panel; it makes an excellent top for a table but for the legs, one must bend the extremities until they reach the floor. This is the base, but it must also look very nice, original and be punchy. To get this overall effect, the panel must be bent further in order to obtain an airy movement, as if this had been done naturally. It must reflect an equilibrium between the curve and the straight line, between exuberance and purity. The whole essence of this aesthetic approach can thus be captured at a glance and let one speechless at the sight of this splendid beauty, requiring no props or devices. It is my definition of perfection. I gave myself heart and soul in this approach, that I have made mine, and it is now my guidance. With it, I doubt no more. “
In 1998, Kino Guérin wins the emerging artist award at the Montreal Craft Show. In 1999, he received the Prix François Houdé awarded by the city of Montréal to highlight the talent of young creative artists. In 2005, the coherence and contemporary quality of his work is honored with the best booth design award at the Montreal Craft Show. He is a 2007 NICHE Awards finalist in the USA. In 2010 he received “Coup de Coeur” price at Montreal Design Show. Over the years Kino Guérin has received several grants from the Quebec Arts Council and the Canada Arts Council.