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Kate Duncan Furniture

Canadian

Finding herself an outsider in the male-dominated furniture-making world, Kate Duncan carved out her own path. She creates modern heirloom-quality furniture not only with an eye for design but with a mind for inclusivity. Her gorgeous, solid wood dining tables, credenzas and bed frames showcase a mastery of traditional woodworking and a keen sense of contemporary trends.

Duncan was born and raised on Vancouver Island. She discovered woodworking in shop class in junior high school, where she fell in love with the craft. Speaking to Natural Habitat magazine, she recalled, "there were pictures of projects cut out from magazines on the walls, so it was a little like shopping for me. I realized that if I could make it, I could have it." She proceeded to take part in woodworking competitions on the weekend.

After earning her degree in education from the University of British Columbia, Duncan spent 10 years as a high school woodshop teacher. She returned to school for a master's degree in gender equitable programming from Royal Roads University, which she completed in 2009. Though intending to continue teaching, Duncan suffered a motorcycle accident shortly after. She opened a woodshop in Vancouver while rehabilitating and decided to shift to full-time woodworking in 2012.

Every piece of furniture created by Duncan is entirely made by hand with traditional methods like dovetail joinery. She uses only sustainably harvested North American hardwoods and draws much of her design inspiration from the brutalist movement of the 1970s and 80s. Her work is clean, bold and simple, but often features playful attributes like hidden drawers.

Shortly after establishing her studio, Duncan set her sights on offering an alternative to the region’s yearly trade show, which she felt lacked inclusivity. In 2014, she founded the Address Design Show to showcase the established and up-and-coming designers often sidelined at more mainstream shows. The Address Design Show has been held every year since.

In 2019, Duncan moved to Toronto, taking the show with her and partnering with the DesignTO Festival. She continues mentoring and hiring women in her workshop.

On 1stDibs, find Kate Duncan tables, case pieces, bedroom furniture and more.

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Creator: Kate Duncan
Brutalist Wingback "Orize" Bed in solid pearl washed white oak by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Expertly crafted one-by-one by Kate Duncan herself and a small team of talented makers. Our work is always is made to order and fully customizable. Available in queen, king or Cal-k...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Wood

Sculptural Opened Pedestal "Marilyn" Dining Table by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Unapologetically bold, Kate Duncan's dining table is a statement piece that pays homage to both a contemporary aesthetic as well as brutalist architecture. Large columns of coopered ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Wood, Hardwood

Brutalist Wingback "Adela" Nightstand in Solid Ambrosia Maple by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Expertly crafted one-by-one by Kate Duncan herself and a small team of talented makers. Our work is always is made to order and fully customizable. Available in two standard sizes; large shown here. Standard wood types include black walnut, white oak, ambrosia maple...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Asymmetrical "Linda Marie" Writing Desk with Leather Top by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Riffing on a traditional writing desk, our writing desk is made to order in a variety of sizes, wood types and finishes. A small drawer done u...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Wood, Leather

Brutalist Inspired Custom Made "Marilyn" Dining Table by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Unapologetically bold, Kate Duncan's Dining Table is a statement piece that pays homage to both a contemporary aesthetic as well as brutalist architecture. A large column of coopered...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Hardwood, Wood

"Lorraine" Dresser / Credenza, with Solid Cast Bronze Legs by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Designed to be noticed and built to last for generations. Our Lorraine Credenza's strong lines and bold structure are borrowed from the architecture of the Brutalist movement. Solid hardwood and cast bronze legs...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Bronze

Brutalist Inspired Custom Made "Marilyn" Dining Table by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Unapologetically bold, Kate Duncan's dining table is a statement piece that pays homage to both a contemporary aesthetic as well as brutalist architecture. A large column of coopered...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Wood

Brutalist Inspired "Marilyn" Dining Table with Adjustable Leaf by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Unapologetically bold, Kate Duncan's dining table is a statement piece that pays homage to both a contemporary aesthetic as well as brutalist architecture. Columns of coopered spline...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

Materials

Wood

Brutalist Inspired Custom Made Pedestal "Marilyn" Dining Table by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Unapologetically bold, Kate Duncan's Dining table is a statement piece that pays homage to both a contemporary aesthetic as well as brutalist architecture. Large columns of coopered ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Wood, Hardwood

Brutalist Inspired "Marilyn" Dining Table with Adjustable Leaves by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Unapologetically bold, Kate Duncan's Dining Table is a statement piece that pays homage to both a contemporary aesthetic as well as brutalist architecture. Columns of coopered spline...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Wood

"Mary Elizabeth" Walnut Bed w/ Integrated Leather Nightstands by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A serious statement piece with strong lines and bold structure borrowed from the architecture of the Brutalist movement. Floating 'waterfall-grain' nightstands and exclusive brass pu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Brass

Contemporary Ink Stained Walnut "Debra" Credenza / Dresser by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Straight forward and sturdy the Debra credenza is a luxurious take on a classic. Done up in solid North American hardwoods and traditional joinery, this piece finds itself at home in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Wood

Contemporary Solid Black Walnut Bed with Floating Nightstands by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A bold statement piece, this bed's skookum solid wood headboard with floating 'waterfall-grain' nightstands is built to last for generations. U...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Wood

"Deborah Lea" Dresser / Credenza, with Leather and Brass accents by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Designed to be noticed and built to last for generations. Our Credenza's strong lines and bold structure are borrowed from the architecture of the Brutalist movement. Solid hardwoods...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Brass

Asymmetrical "Linda Marie" Writing Desk with Leather Top by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Riffing on a traditional writing desk, our writing desk is made to order in a variety of sizes, wood types and finishes. A small drawer done u...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Contemporary Ash and Cognac Leather Wrapped "Heather" Bed by Kate Duncan
By Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
An angled back rest done in thick leather makes the Heather bed not just comfortable but also luxurious. Recline and rest. Expertly designed using solid North American hardwood and h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Kate Duncan Furniture

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Leather, Wood

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Kate Duncan furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Kate Duncan furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Kate Duncan furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Kate Duncan were created in the modern style in north america during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Martha Sturdy, Izm Design, and Objects & Ideas. Prices for Kate Duncan furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $11,000 and can go as high as $23,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $16,200.

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