Photo by Vic42

Photo by Vic42

Christina Hilborne’s design process begins with a vague, yet undeniably fabulous idea and ends with a rush of exhilaration when everything suddenly comes together. During this process, nothing is predictable – sketches, peer input, scale models, even full-size mock-ups – can produce a result exactly like the original idea, or completely different.

All that touches each piece are several pairs of skilled and caring hands. A revered German instructor once said, “Let your fingers be your eyes.” This saying seemed silly at the time, but as it turns out, fingers and hands feel the imperfections the eyes cannot see. Before leaving the Christina Hilborne studio, each piece is hand-assembled, hand-sanded and hand-finished to perfection.


Living in British Columbia has inspired Christina Hilborne to work with local timber like Douglas fir, selectively-logged or reclaimed whenever possible. As her craft evolved, she became captivated by different mediums and started exploring the contrast of textures and tones by juxtaposing wood with other materials like concrete, glass, or metal.

In the winter of 2010, Christina introduced a sustainable and eco-friendly material to her designs: Kirei board. Kirei is a Japanese word meaning beautiful, pure. Byproduct from Japanese sorghum crops is made into sheet goods using an eco-friendly adhesive. The resulting material is not only sustainable, but stunning.

The Studio

DSC_0108The Christina Hilborne studio is located in an artistic, some might say bohemian, hub of Victoria, British Columbia. The neighbourhood boasts craft beer breweries, coffee roasteries, high calibre painters, musicians, sculptors, leather artisans, and fellow furniture makers. The creative energy is palpable and contagious.