In British Columbia, the mountain pine beetle has devastated huge swaths of forest over the past decade or so, thanks in part to warmer winter temperatures. But there is a minor silver lining, in the sense that beetle-killed wood is a readily-accessible and weirdly sustainable material for B.C. designers and architects.
These playful pieces of stump furniture, created by Vancouver-based designer Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Design, make wonderful use of beetle-ravaged wood. By day, they appear like fairly ordinary stools -- perfect for perching drinks or putting your feet up. But by night, the stumps light up from beneath a tinted layer of resin, creating a colorful and luminenscent glow.
"My rule is: if you can draw and design it, you can build it," says Beaumont. "I love it when someone tells me that, 'You cannot build that' or ‘No one would want that’. These words only encourage me more."