‘Neglected’ furniture lives again at museum

Nanaimo designer Sarah Clark is enlivened by beauty, function and simplicity in her everyday surroundings.

Nanaimo designer Sarah Clark is enlivened by beauty, function and simplicity in her everyday surroundings.

When she sees a neglected or worn out piece of furniture, Clark sees its “good bones” and imagines a new life for it. She has vowed to continue saving good pieces from neglect.

“Every piece, whether a box, table or chair, has a history and all are furniture and accessories with a past,” she said.

On a visit to the Nanaimo Museum, Clark realized her Refined Collection would be a perfect fit for the museum’s gift shop.

Debbie Trueman, museum general manager agreed.

“I love the stories,” she said. “They have always been my favourite part of an artifact.”

The Nanaimo Museum is at 100 Museum Way in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.