Metallic Evolution — John & Heather Zondervan (Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

As the name implies, this small progressive company near Guelph, Ontario, is part of the changing face of metal art. Based on the philosophy of minimalism, the work has a distinctive style, featuring clean lines, and, in the case of the indoor designs, a consistent ground metal finish.

John and Heather, who founded the company, come from diverse design backgrounds, from custom wood furniture to costuming. Strongly influenced by the Bauhaus and Deco design movements, this husband and wife team first began translating their ideas into steel in 1991 (after John gave Heather a welder for her birthday), and since then have developed a broad range of metal products for the home and garden. “We are still enjoying the process of bringing a new design to life, they concur.

Both artisans are completely involved in all aspects of the design and fabricating process. All the work is done by hand, ensuring individual attention to each piece as well as making each item unique.

John and Heather make everything at their studio on the family farm in southwest Ontario. They are both “tool junkies” and have fitted out their workshop with a wide variety of metal and woodworking equipment. Doing so has allowed them "to continue to expand the scope and style of work we do. We are continually adding new designs into the mix."

Metallic Evolution is dedicated to the pursuit of beauty in function, and to creating metal objects that will enhance daily life.

Below are just a few of the Metallic Evolution pieces we carry.

doomsday clock

Doomsday clock

me compass clock

Compass clock© Off the Beaten Path 2016