When a painter makes a brushstroke on his canvas, one immediately feels the gesture, the movement, the fluidity. But is it possible for a cabinet maker to make the fiber of trees dance in the same way that a painter handles pigments?
Native to the beautiful region of Saguenay in Quebec, Kino Guérin was trained in cabinet making at CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal (Institut des métiers d’art). His talent was quickly recognized and since 1998, he has won numerous awards in Quebec for his work. In 2007, he was a finalist at the NICHE Awards in the United States. For the past 10 years, Guérin has regularly been awarded research grants from the Quebec and Canada Council for the Arts to continue his work. Through his creations, Guérin continues to take up the challenge he embarked on at the beginning of his career: to build furniture with what seems to be only one piece of wood.
Guérin developed his own molding technique to give hypnotic curves to a usually unyielding material. Not only does his furniture seem to be in motion, but it seems to be alive. With a mixture of inspiration and surgical precision, Guérin creates timeless pieces that are both practical furniture and works of art. Each creation is positioned in a perfect balance between opulence and humility.