THE BOMBAST STORY

Marked by our engagement with the modernist legacy, the Bombast product line could best be understood as the material trace of what is in many ways a very personal learning curve. Suffice it to say that when we began in this business, we were too young and too inexperienced to know that our dream — participation in a global design culture — was “impossible” from the relative isolation that is our Vancouver home. That we are still at it remains a function of our unwillingness to accept the obvious.

Over and against a globalized system of design and manufacture that has relegated most of us to the status of mere consumer, we have attempted to assert the value of our own experience. In a world dominated by the mediated image, by global capital that has little interest or sensitivity to the particulars of local experience, Bombast is about bringing the great world closer (by engaging with History) while simultaneously asserting the textures and experience of our own lives.

Which might just be a bombastic way of saying we make things for use in a cultural/social context where making is not the primary concern of our fellow citizens.

As many of the texts appended below illustrate, our challenge has been to work against the obvious trends in the North American marketplace — by which we mean the shift towards off-shore, volume producers for a mass market characterized by increasingly anonymous, increasingly placeless, consumers. To survive in such a context, we have had to partner with other, like-minded, producers; we have had to conjure up, out of the relatively “thin” ground that is Canadian design history, a “pre-text” for our own production. Through it all we remain committed to the idea that it matters that the objects in our lives tell meaningful stories.


BOMBAST INTERIORS

Bombast Interiors is the most recent chapter in our story — a story that has been unfolding for almost two decades. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, the store is very much more than a corporate showroom. In addition to our own products, we sell a carefully edited range of complimentary furniture, lighting, carpets and accessories from some of the most interesting design names and brands in the world. We also offer a curated collection of vintage rarities — objects from the historical stream that inspire us.

More than merely an extension of our manufacturing activities, the store has broadened our conversation with other producers and designers in the contemporary arena, and adds what we hope is an interesting layer to the retail environment in Vancouver.

The Bombast Interiors Collection has been gathered by a careful selection process that emphasizes quality and design integrity — and helps to illustrate what we believe are lasting material cultural values. Just as we strive to produce quality products that respond to genuine needs, our trading partners are all firms that are recognized internationally for excellence and it is it a pleasure to represent them in the Vancouver marketplace.

Picture left: BOMBAST’s Riemerschmid sofa in Canada House, London.