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Our Story

Rekindle by Devin Schaffner in handcraft woodshop in Chatham ON Canada

Our Story

Our Story

I know you’ll always need items to support your daily activities and I want to create goods that help you live more consciously. Ultimately, everything I do is grounded in my core principles: 

Handcrafted goods that are designed to last

Using materials that age gracefully

Supporting experiences that bring people together

Commitment to supporting a healthy planet

 

Rekindle is about igniting meaningful connections between people through refined design. I know that home is where you have some of the most meaningful experiences and so I create bespoke décor and handcrafted home goods that will support you in these experiences. I  believe that investing in high quality, personalized items can spark an emotional connection to goods that encourages us to live with fewer but better things and avoid contributing to a throw-away society.
I want you to cherish the bespoke décor I make for you as more than just "consumables" and I hope that you personalize and connect with your home goods so that they become modern heirlooms that you’ll feel proud to pass on to someone special.  

 

MY CORE PRINCIPLES

I make home goods that support human connection and a healthy planet

 

Handcrafted goods designed to last
When you love what you own, you care for it and you don’t throw it away to replace it with something new. To ensure longevity of our goods, I use high quality, durable materials, and a simple design aesthetic. Many trends come and go, but with fewer design details our timeless home goods will continue to look beautiful even as trends and fads continually evolve.

Materials that age gracefully in your home
I look at my creations as investments in both your life and the environment. All my creations are made in Canada and support local communities by using local, natural materials that change for the better with the passage of time. All my bespoke décor and home goods are designed and fabricated by me with the help of a small group of craftspeople who also create pieces with meaning, longevity, simplicity, and beauty in mind. We share a common belief that the highest standards increase the quality of our lives.

Supporting experiences that bring people together
I want my designs to bring people together and make memories through shared experiences. I encourage you to personalize my designs and pass them on to the special people in your life. This gesture increases the personal value of an item as it becomes a memory of you. The warm neutrals, natural textures and earthy tones featured in my bespoke décor pieces cultivate a warm, calm ambiance that is perfect for making memories with friends and family.  

MY ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT:

I create products that you’ll want to have in your family for generations.
I only create items that support experiences that have been tested by time. These experiences are based around the close interactions we share with the people closest to us while in our homes. 

I only use natural materials that improve with age.
My home goods develop their own unique and authentic patina and can be either recycled in current municipal recycling programs or are easily and safely biodegradable if there is no life left in them.  The wood finish I use supports my belief in allowing wood to look and feel like wood. Many other finishes look and feel like plastic and don't allow the wood to breath or patina well.  

All the packaging is 100% recyclable.
I primarily use Kraft paper, corrugate, or easily recycled plastic caps on tubes and much of the packaging is made from 70-100% recycled content. 

I source the wood responsibly.
I use only domestically sourced walnut and white oak from Canada and the northern USA in all my wood home goods so that the distance traveled from forest to my studio is minimized. These wood choices are two of the best hardwoods available and support good harvesting practices in comparison to other exotic woods. I don't use stains and only support the natural beauty of the wood itself.
  

I don’t use noxious wood finishes.
The wood finish I use on all my home goods is food safe, durable, and does not require special respiratory equipment when being applied. Learn more about the hard-oil/wax we use on Osmo.ca.

I'm committed to ongoing improvement.
While I use my current knowledge of how to make the world a better place I am continually learning, growing, and adapting to up-to-date information to ensure I am doing everything I can to contribute to a healthy earth for future generations.

ONE TREE PLANTED

I have partnered with One Tree Planted to support worldwide reforestation efforts

One Tree Planted works with a network of on-the-ground partners around the world to ensure that the most sensible mix of tree species are planted at the right time and in the best ways for optimal survival. 
One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Vermont, U.S. the organization’s reforestation focus areas include wildfire restoration, biodiversity and habitat expansion, agroforestry, food security and social impact, and watershed maintenance among others.
Please learn more about ONE TREE PLANTED here.
KNOW THAT EVERY TIME YOU BUY REKINDLE GOODS, YOU ARE HELPING CREATE A HEALTHIER WORLD IN WHICH NATURE, WILDLIFE, AND HUMANITY CAN THRIVE. 

 

 

 

 

BIO

My design career started in my mid-twenties when I was introduced to the world of interior design. Up until this point I didn't know there were options in the design world where I could utilize my creative skills. I enrolled in a three year applied diploma program at Georgian College in Barrie Ontario.  I fell in love with creating functional spaces for hypothetical clients. 

This education led me to my first job as a designer in Toronto. I worked for a small design-build company specializing in timber frame construction, and rustic furniture. I was hired on as a draftsperson/designer for their new endeavor into kitchens. I spent most of my time designing and working on many residential kitchens in the GTA, Muskoka, and Kawarthas. 

Through this process the introduction to industrial design was presented. I fell in love with the idea of creating furniture for the spaces I was designing. Since I recently relocated to Toronto I felt there were many opportunities within the city to follow my dream with formal education. I was always told by my highschool teachers and guidance counselors that I should quit school and get a job, since college and university were not options for me. Struggling with excelling in the standard metrics of a ‘good student’, and dealing with the challenges of ADHD and a learning disability I never felt post secondary was an option. These suggestions were formally debunked when I was accepted into OCADU in the industrial design program. 

In my second year at OCADU I was approached by the head of design at Gus* Modern, a Toronto based and internationally known furniture manufacturer, to join their team. Since I was committed to completing my degree I took a year and a half internship with the company where I had many opportunities to design and create a multitude of products, which many are still manufactured today under the Gus* brand. 

Upon returning to complete my thesis, I considered the path I wanted to take. The idea of becoming an entrepreneur and having my own company to build based on my values was never clearer. This university environment working with students and many professional designers from around the globe with diverse backgrounds gave me a springboard into the design world I had embarked.  My thesis became the development of Rekindle. 

Rekindle started as a school project that defined every detail of what my ideal company would be. I dreamt, prototyped, and had many discussions, within a very creative environment amongst my peers. This environment allowed me to refine what I felt the world needed more of and how my perspective could benefit the world. This school project quickly became my full time gig. I began production of my designs in a basement in the Toronto Tool Library. The space was inexpensive, but had everything I needed to make my work come alive. Rekindle was starting to get some traction while selling at the One of a Kind Show and IDS in Toronto as well as other small pop-up markets. After a few months I upgraded my working space to a shared environment with a couple local designers. There I really honed my craft with making my items and working alongside professionals. With this increased capacity Rekindle started selling to retailers across Canada.  As interest in Rekindle's work grew, so did the team. Rekindle took on a director of sales which allowed Rekindle to reach a much broader audience, growing our online presence, selling to fifty five retailers in Canada, The United States, and sales to South America and Europe. We grew to the point where we needed to upgrade our space once more. Rekindle joined a professional woodworkers coop, which included more space, much better equipment and mentorship from almost two hundred years of shared experiences among the members. We grew our mechanical offering with purchasing a cnc and laser cutter to help with manufacturing unique pieces for our growing customer base. Rekindle continued with producing items to retailers while creating custom pieces for many unique clients until Rekindle’s most radical change, leaving the big city.

In the spring of 2019 I took Rekindle out of Toronto to my hometown, Chatham Ontario. The move was based on a better quality of life outside of the busy city for my family, and has allowed me to focus on dealing directly with my supporters as well as give more time with my family. Family and close relationships with friends has always been a priority for me and this shows within the experiences Rekindle supports. 

Rekindle and Devin Schaffner are one of the same. I have changed how I want to build my dreams and scaled back how I will offer my handmade items. I absolutely love the relationship I am building with the craft community in Chatham. Being able to focus on dealing directly with my community is what excites me everyday. We no longer sell to an abundance of retailers, but I still focus on increasing the quality of life for every individual person who invests in Rekindle.  I am extremely grateful for being able to follow my dreams with the new direction of Rekindle. I look forward to handcrafting something for you soon.

Love life,

Devin