Tumbling Ash

April 24 - April 24, 2018

Brothers Dressler

Toronto is in the midst of a foreign invasion.  Close to a million ash trees will fall over the next five years due to this invader. A stowaway of globalization, the emerald ash borer beetle traveled to North America in a shipping container over a decade ago and has since left a path of destruction across numerous states and provinces. With little that can be done to stem the inevitable elimination of every ash tree, focus must be put on what to do with the carnage. Brothers Dressler are embarking on a journey to bring the potential of ash to the public eye. We are focusing much of our new work on bringing Ash out of QuarantineTumbling Ash is a first step to promote the use of this material and its properties.  A cascade of branching limbs tumble down the wall cradling budding fruit of hand-blown globes softly lit with LEDs. Using our branches system comprised of steam bent wood components with nodal connections as a starting point this piece is meant to evoke thought about material use and an awareness of resource life cycles. Mixed with the ash parts is some elm from a Toronto tree lost to Dutch Elm disease and walnut sap wood which is usually discarded in the milling process. This modular system of assembled parts can continually evolve and expand as will our awareness of the materials and resources that surround us and their limited nature.


–Brothers Dressler


As Brothers Dressler, twin engineers-turned-designers and material manipulators Jason and Lars Dressler work collaboratively to design and build bespoke furnishings, lighting, other objects and interiors. With a focus on sustainability, and an eye to material, process, and craftsmanship, they create custom works and limited edition pieces from their downtown Toronto workshop/studio.

Brothers Dressler use local, reclaimed, found, ecologically friendly and responsibly harvested materials, working to promote a return to local manufacturing to make long lasting heirloom objects. Following the ‘cradle to cradle’ philosophy, they design pieces in which as much of the material is used as possible, giving cut-offs and waste streams new life.


The designers would like to thank Orion Arger Glass and the Toronto Arts Council.

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