About David Samplonius


Where did I begin? Or when? Tough questions. The path to what I do now was not linear, still isn't. I think I, like many artists, am led by my interests. I started out wanting to examine the form and shape of wood, which led to the Hall Mule. Even then I was caught up in the idea and definition of nature, both artificial and "natural" and not the medium itself. So many of my early pieces took what many would understand to be natural forms and lines, but I then cast them in aluminum or clad them in bronze plate. In that sense, I don't think that I have ever deviated from wanting to know and understand humanity and our interaction with the world. Even pieces that may seem out of my normal line of work, such as the Six Drawer Stand still follow on this need to understand how we fit, how we think about things we create, like furniture, and how and when we allow them to cross the line into art.

Recent Exhibits & Awards



  • Ontario Arts Council Grant


  • SOFA, New York
  • Canada Council for the Arts Grant
  • Palm Beach Contemporary Photography

Publications (selections)

  • Chocolat, May/June 2007
  • OBJECToronto Catalogue, 2006
  • Women's Post, June 6, 2005
  • SOFA New York Catalogue, May 2001-2005
  • Furniture Matters, June 2004
  • National Post, Post Homes, February 28, 2004
  • Art Miami, January 2004
  • American Craft: Canadian Expressions Advertisement, October/November 2003
  • SOFA Chicago Catalogue, November 2000-2003
  • Globe and Mail: Canada's Furniture Couturiers, April 22, 2003
  • Toronto Star: Condo Living Section, February 22, 2003
  • Metropolis Advertisement for Interior Design Show, February 2003
  • ArtForm Brochure & Catalogue, February 2003
  • Craft Craft & Art Magazine, November 2002
  • Canadian Crafts in Toronto Brochure, 2002
  • Nouvel Objet VI, 2001
  • Toronto Star: Condo Living Section, June 9, 2001
  • Furniture Matters: The Furniture Society at SOFA, April 2001
  • Palm Springs International Art Fair Catalogue, March 2001
  • NOW Magazine, May 2000
  • Style at Home, September 1999
  • Canadian Interiors: "The Hallmark of Handcrafted Furniture", May/June 1999
David Samplonius
80 Ward Street
Toronto, ON M6H 4A6
P 416.456.8935