Since graduating from the University of Alberta in 2003 with a bachelor of design, Terrence Cooke has been negotiating new directions in furniture, lighting and consumer products. After starting his career at Pure Design in Edmonton, Cooke opened his own Toronto-based studio, designing products for manufacture and collaborating on a wide range of design and art projects.
I have always been drawn to the ready-made, both conceptually and economically. When prototyping a lamp concept in my studio, I was working near a set of acrylic kitchen canisters I had recently designed. Being curious, I put the light inside one of them to see the effect it would have, and happened to upon one of those rare moments when an object â€“ in form, colour and material â€“ can exist successfully in disparate applications.