Fan Favorites

Based on the feedback we’ve received so far, Palm Magic, Carol’s Beauty, Lucky and Wally are the favorites! Leave a comment for us on Instagram or our Facebook page under @shop116designs to let us know which butterfly is your favorite? If you have photos to share, even better! We would love to see our butterflies through your eyes.

Palm Magic

Colour concept by: Patrick Li

Wood Selection: Palm, Cedar, Purple Heart, Wenge

Butterfly Bio: Patrick’s butterfly set, including Palm Magic, Patrick’s Secret, and Padauk Glow, primarily emphasize wood grain patterns. The unique appearance, textures, and contrast achieved for Palm Magic was definitely worth the risk of trying out a brittle exotic wood.

Carol’s Beauty

Colour concept by: Carol Wong Li

Wood Selection: Swamp Ash, Spanish Cedar, Vera, Purple Heart

Butterfly Bio: Simple elegance. The dense textures of Swamp Ash provide an interesting back drop for the subtle colour accents in Carol’s Beauty.


Colour concept by: Sandie Mac

Wood Selection: Wenge, Osage Orange, Vera, Pau Amerello, Walnut, Poplar, Macassar Ebony

Butterfly Bio: The inspiration was to create a green lucky charm with light yellow accents. During the milling process, we came across a piece of bright Osage Orange that just beckoned to be incorporated. We now have an eye catching, golden lucky charm.


Colour concept by: Ivan Ilic

Wood Selection: Walnut, Wenge, Paela

Butterfly Bio: Wally was made with offcuts from walnut slabs we purchased from a local sawmill that promotes urban tree salvage. Our intention was to use Wally as a test piece for all stages of milling. The playful Wenge freckles and bright Paela body Ivan added had everyone telling us they love Wally!

If you like “The Butterfly Effect” window installation, don’t forget to cast your vote by January 31st for the DesignTO People’s Choice Award:

Kaleidoscope Kimmie

Over the next few days during the DesignTO festival, we will feature some of our favorite butterflies and tell you more about what inspired the design. Allow me to first start with one that made this project so much more meaningful.

Colour concept by: Sandie Mac

Wood Selection: Poplar, Wenge, Bloodwood, Pink Ivory, Purple Heart, Walnut sapwood

Butterfly Bio:

We named this butterfly Kaleidoscope Kimmie after my sister. If you ever met her, you would have agreed that the best word to describe her was “jubilant”. Her wonderful laugh would have warmed your heart and welcomed you into her world.  At work, her colleagues adoringly called her Kimmie.

For Kim’s butterfly, I selected her favourite colours to accent the kaleidoscopic pattern resembling her personality. When I think of her, I picture her wearing khaki green, shimmery pinks, and purple. Her butterfly also had to have black in it because she was cool like that. 

In the fall of 2021, during the planning phase for the butterflies, I lost my sister unexpectedly to cancer. Having to cope with the emotions and disbelief of her sudden passing, I found comfort in dedicating time to creating a butterfly that reminded me of her beauty.

Of all the butterflies we made, Kimmie was definitely one of the fussy ones. I was really picky with the wood shades from the raw planks themselves to the finishing. For the Pink Ivory, Walnut sapwood, and Poplar layers, Ivan painstakingly milled three times the number of pieces required for each layer because the width of each selected section was so much smaller. I was very thankful for that. While we fussed over her butterfly, I thought of all the precious time we spent together. How tentative Kim was when we asked her for help, the way she furrowed her eyebrows when she spoke about things that bothered her, but mostly the way she shaded her lips with her hand and rocked backwards when she chuckled. That reminder of her unmistakable laughter made Kimmie pretty special.