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.

Lucky

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.

Wally

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:

https://designto.org/designto-awards-peoples-choice-form/

Maul

Colour concept by: Michael Luong

Wood Selection: Pine, Bloodwood, African Ebony, Macassar Ebony, Padauk, Curly Maple

Butterfly Bio:

Our nephew, Michael, came to help us dress the wood for the butterflies at the beginning of the project. We asked if he would like to design his own butterfly and were really impressed with his creation.  Maul is stunning and strikingly different from our designs.  

The Star Wars fans out there might have probably guessed which character inspired this creation. To our surprise, we learned that Darth Maul was Michael’s favorite character because he found Darth Maul relatable and most captivating with respect to character development. Michael told us that Darth Maul was “very human in the sense that he succumbed to his emotions and was fallible unlike the other characters in Star Wars.” What do you think? Would you consider that to be the path to the dark side?

Lemonade

Colour concept by: Ivan Ilic

Wood Selection: Pau Amarello, Osage Orange, Paella, Wenge, Canary

Butterfly Bio:

The colour of Pau Amarello wood reminded me of the little yellow Cabbage Butterflies from my childhood. As a curious, introverted kid, I spent much of my time playing in our back yard in Dugo Selo, Croatia, chasing butterflies. It was magical because there was an abundant supply of butterflies to study.

With this memory in mind, I designed Lemonade, a pure yellow butterfly with a few complimentary orange accents. I recalled the feeling of melancholy watching the butterflies fly over the fence. That fleeting moment made me appreciate the elusive beauty of nature even more. Thankfully, the new Lemonade butterflies will not fly over the fence.

DesignTO 2022 – The Butterfly Effect

Our butterflies are now on display at Cutler and Gross for the DesignTO 2022 Festival! The festival runs until January 30th. Please come by to visit!

Here are some pictures from our biggest fans. Thank you everyone for your support in your own special way!

The deadline to vote for you favorite window installation is January 31st, 2022 on the DesignTO website.

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.