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The German word gesamtkunstwerk translates as "a synthesis of the arts",
and this term aptly describes Nico Spacecraft, Inc. Their work exhibits the intellect
of architecture, the refined hand of the craftsman, and the empathy of an artist.
They produce cabinetry, furniture and interiors, but that is an underestimation
of the experience of working with them.
Like a shell to a crab, these folks create custom tailored solutions that work complimentary
to the way you live; intended to move the way you move and to withstand the tests
of time. It is an experience they themselves describe as wholesome.
Nico Spacecraft Inc., fronted by the husband and wife team of Jess and Nicolas Meyer,
is located a forty minute ferry ride outside Vancouver. Their "design & build"
studio-shop, constructed almost exclusively from reclaimed materials, is located
on the Sunshine Coast, where bear and mountain lions have been known to wander onto
Originally from Hamburg, one of the world's largest harbors located in the north
of Germany and from Basel, a town close to the Alps in Switzerland, Nicolas describes
Vancouver as a fusion of both these cities he has lived in. "Though an international
harbor city this growing Canadian metropolitan has retained its quaintness of a
small town by the mountains." he explains. It is this macro and micro-scaled thinking
which is evident in their work, as there is a holistic relationship and experience
between the small and large perspectives. The following is posted on their website:
We see the whole tree in every piece of wood, look for the entire being in each
individual and find beauty in things that work and make sense. We know we can learn
from everything and everyone, and work not only with our heads & hands but our hearts
It was in Germany that Nicolas was first exposed to the Bauhaus, the famous Weimar
school founded on the idea of creating a 'total' work of art. The Bauhaus style,
which calls for a synthesis of all practices including architecture, would become
one of the greatest influences on modern design and architecture. Perhaps, then,
it is no coincidence that Nico Spacecraft Inc. designs in a modern style.
When asked about thinking green Nicolas explained, "Europe was ahead of this green
curve. A lot of products have been developed green there for a while. For example
formaldehyde was not even allowed in MDF. We grew up composting and recycling, I
drove my bicycle along side hydrogen buses… it was a normal part of life. When I
came to North America and worked in shops I wondered why my eyes teared and my nose
got itchy, and I discovered that in North America they do add formaldehyde to materials.
Where I could I picked non-off-gassing materials.
As the company grew and projects got more substantial, I was able to incorporate
more green factors, like PureBond® hardwood plywood, without really letting
my clients know. I would just fit it into the budget or swallow the difference when
I had to. I did that because I felt it was simply common sense: it was their lives,
but it was our lives as well. Now I am to the point where this is my standard, this
is how we work: as green as possible."
Nico Spacecraft received critical acclaim when their work was unveiled at the International
Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City. Their work has been featured
in publications such as Metropolis, Casa Deco, Western Living, Vancouver Magazine