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Shawn Place: Award-winning furniture designer

Three years ago, Shawn Place walked into a high-end furniture store and had an "aha!" moment. The bike designer decided he wanted to create beautiful, modern wooden chairs. The former journeyman carpenter taught himself how to build furniture. Now he's winning awards for his whimsical yet classic designs, such as the "Owl Chair" and the "Bird Chair."

Margaret Gallagher chatted with the Prince George-based artist earlier this week. He was in Vancouver for the Western Living Design Awards, where he was shortlisted for Furniture Designer of the Year. He also recently picked up a Carter-Wosk BC Creative Achievement Award.

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