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In short, it's a couple of artisans doing what they do best: Jeff Martin of the Vancouver studio Jeff Martin Joinery making his Florence Knoll-inspired furniture, and Montreal-based painter Zoë Pawlak's vivid, flowing landscapes.

The duo's first collaboration is a credenza made from charred walnut, oxidized maple and powder-coated steel, with an oil painting covering the front.

"The pieces are heavily focused on vulnerability and risk. The shape, structure and materiality of the piece I wanted to keep very subdued to allow Zoë's paintings to be the focal point," Martin says. "Beyond the interior there are no exposed wood details."

Due to formally launch at the Interior Design Show West in September, the credenzas can be custom-ordered to suit the whims of art collectors and designophiles alike. $9,800 through

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