Kelvin Goddard and Lisa Santana run a metal design and fabrication shop in Toronto called Unit Five. Normally they work with award-winning interior designers and architects such as Yabu Pushelberg and Drew Mandel, custom-welding light fixtures, art and decor for high-end hotels, stores and private homes.
For a Holt Renfrew store, they installed 4,500 brass flowers cascading down from the ceiling in the jewellery department. At Toronto's five-star Canoe restaurant, they made a 25-foot-long (7.5 metre-long) map of Canada out of hand-cut brass squares. Most of their pieces are one-offs because they take countless hours of intensive craftsmanship to produce.
Their Rue Picot chandelier, though, is a rare work available through retail. That doesn't make it less special. One might take a full 40-hour work week to weave together. Each steel tendril is cut to length, patinated, then hand-tied into place with little knots. The finished piece is incredibly beguiling: Because of the delicacy of the assemblage, the metal rods appear wispy, not rigid, whipping around each other like starlings fluttering through the air. Starting from $4,800. Through avenue-road.com.