Standard Collection is a series of minimalist designs created by Vancouver-based designers Knauf and Brown. The firm consists of D Calen Knauf and Conrad Brown, originally friends before forming their influential partnership. The duo’s strength spawns from their unnatural obsession with studying the spaces and objects that surround life.

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

In a time where automation and routine are to be expected from a design, Knauf and Brown made a deliberate decision to go against the grain by creating Standard Collection. As one performs a habitual activity on a constant basis, the activity becomes mindless – like flipping a switch or turning a key. This passive interaction prevents the user from establishing a connection with the object.

The name Standard Collection derives from the usage of “standard” describing manual rather than the automatic option. A standard transmission requires the driver to frequently interact with the car, and provides greater control as well as a more defined connection between man and machine. The designers feel that this relationship, although subtle, can be a powerful influence in hopefully persuading the user to not only maintain the objects, but prevent him/her from throwing them away or replacing them.

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

The Standard Floor Coaster (above photos) – small mobile side table and storage unit

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

The Standard Vanity Mirror – tabletop vanity mirror that engages the user

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

The Standard Table Lamp – a lamp with no on or off switch

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category

Standard Collection by Knauf and Brown in main home furnishings  Category