Heidi Earnshaw

“7 Day Dresser” Capacity 2012

Made specifically for Capacity 2012, 7 Day Dresser takes it’s precedent from seven drawer cabinets popularized in18th century France. Designed in a vertical format, seven drawer dressers were called “semainiers” in reference to the seven days of the week. Each drawer was designated for a specific day and served to organize the many layers of undergarments that were a part of everyday fashion.  Individual drawers were typically set within a larger, elaborately decorated cabinet but with this piece, I wanted to highlight the drawer box as the elemental container.  Playing with the graphic symmetry and repetition of the stacked boxes and the horizontal elements that separate them, the outer structure has been reduced to it’s minimum, exposing all sides of the identical drawers.  Turned knobs punctuate the front while a single diagonal line triangulates the back.

Materials:  Quartersawn white oak
Dimensions:  30” x 61” x 17”
Price: $5500


Heidi Earnshaw is a furniture designer/maker living and working in downtown Toronto. She received her art education at the University of Toronto, graduating with High Distinction in 1993. After several years working in diverse studio environments, she returned to school to study design at Sheridan College where she later became a part-time faculty member in the furniture studio.

Grounded in woodworking and characterized by clean lines and thoughtful detailing, Heidiʼs work is inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian architecture, Shaker furniture, mid century modernism and traditional craftsmanship. Re-imagining historical and archetypal forms for a contemporary context, she strives to create pieces that are beautiful and useful backdrops for the rituals of everyday life.

A proponent of “slow design”, Heidi’s work is designed and made with a multigenerational lifespan in mind using responsibly harvested and enduring materials. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and has been recognized through the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts council and the Canada Council for the Arts.