Adrian Martinus Custom Woodworking is the Calgary, Alberta based
studio/workshop of brothers Adrian and Martinus Pool. Working primarily with rescued
and reclaimed wood, the duo creates unique furniture designs, interior installations, and
creative objects. Their work can be found in private homes, retail spaces, creative
studios, and corporate environments.
The Pool Brothers' Story
Growing up on the Canadian Prairies – on an acreage outside Red Deer, Alberta –
woodworking has always been a Pool family affair, as their grandfather was a seasoned
wood turner. In spending time by his side as children (while Grampa worked on
projects), they gained early exposure to the creative potential of wood and the
intoxicating smell of wood being cut.
After a neighbour’s son built a skateboarding ramp, their skateboard and carpentry
obsessions merged and grew. They couldn’t bear to see the beautiful laminated wood
of damaged skateboards simply discarded; and as carpenters they were troubled by
witnessing so much quality wood being discarded as construction waste. By 2014, they
had formed their own company to focus on designing with rescued and reclaimed
Martinus attended film school before pursuing carpentry, bringing his keen eye for
aesthetics and a creative perspective to each piece. Coupled with brother Adrian’s
insatiable appetite for precision and endless gumption, their furniture designs reflect
both a refined sense of artistry and a commitment to quality craftsmanship.
Design Philosophy: "Modern Sustainability"
Adrian and Martinus believe that rescued and reclaimed wood furniture can be
sustainable, modern, well-designed, and of the highest quality. Whether they are
working with aged barn boards, recycled gymnasium flooring or broken skateboards,
they embrace the limitations of the material and develop innovative techniques to find
the unique potential in their materials.
For example, skateboards are made of seven dyed maple veneers and every
skateboard manufacturer has slightly different shapes, contours and colours for their
finished boards. The inconsistencies, variation in condition, and very limited supply of
this material encouraged the brothers to develop (beginning their R&D in 2011) a unique
design and build process in which every part of the skateboard is used – from the
surface griptape to the sawdust remains.
For the brothers, every furniture piece has a depth and personal connection. They've
collected the wood materials from a variety of sources, built up the smaller cuts and
pieces into workable forms, and considered every contrasting grain and pronounced
element. Manipulating line, colour, structure and form results in their unique and
multilayered design style. The emerging graphical forms in their furniture designs
suggest influences from modernism and cubism.
Community-building is also an important influence on their approach to design, with the
brothers regularly connecting with other designers and craftspeople through local
design collectives, a well as ongoing networking with skateboard retailers, builders,
farmers and renovators to maintain their supply of unique and storied material. While
Adrian Martinus Custom Woodworking is a relatively young firm in the furniture
design industry, the evolution of their work has demonstrated a constant progression
and demand for their designs is steadily growing.