Passion for furniture

Looking for a unique piece of furniture with which to personalize your home?

Furniture makers Courtney Poor and Silas Hitchcock of Sibium Custom Woodworking fold brochures in their Gaetz Avenue downtown showroom.

Furniture makers Courtney Poor and Silas Hitchcock of Sibium Custom Woodworking fold brochures in their Gaetz Avenue downtown showroom.

Looking for a unique piece of furniture with which to personalize your home?

Courtney Poor and Silas Hitchcock think many people are. In fact, they’re betting a business on it.

The Red Deer couple recently opened Sibium-MADE, which design and builds furniture to customer specifications.

“We’d be willing to do anything that a customer would want,” said Poor, explaining that they design pieces with customer input, including on what materials to use.

Hitchcock — a journeyman cabinetmaker who has done everything from full-scale kitchens to custom wall units — has produced a variety of furniture that is currently on display at Sibium-MADE.

“We’re attempting to build our portfolio as we go,” said Poor, adding that furniture is her partner’s “passion.”

Those who have visited their shop above Dimension Design Resources at 4920 50th Ave. have described the pieces there as “unique.”

“A lot of the comments have been that it’s either really contemporary modern or else retro,” said Poor.

For many people, she added, custom-made home and office furnishings represent a fusion of art and furniture.

“It’s something that’s nice to display in your home but it also has a functional sense as well.”

The products are long-lasting, she said, and not something you’d find in a typical furniture store.

Poor compared Sibium-MADE to a popular woodworking co-op on Vancouver’s Granville Island, where artisans craft furniture and other products for public sale.

The downtown shop is open Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with customers able to book appointments outside those hours by calling 403-304-3540.

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