of wood and passion for craftsmanship are practically innate.
Designer-woodworker Sylvain Tremblay inherited his love of wood and his passion for craftsmanship from his father, who introduced him to woodworking as a boy. He soon developed a taste for fine woods, as well as the exacting approach essential to his art. He went on to study cabinetmaking, and his talent was evident: he created exquisite furniture and then designed kitchens.
He refined his art with further study, first at Sheridan College in Toronto, where he majored in designing and working with wood, and then at Concordia University in Montreal, where he earned a Bachelor of Design Art.
Returning to the workshop, Sylvain Tremblay created sculptural furniture and then accessories. Those accessories led to his greatest success, especially the pepper mills, unusual pieces that were as aesthetically pleasing as they were durable and practical. So in 1998, he decided to focus solely on the mills, to the delight of epicureans and professional and amateur chefs.
Since then, Sylvain Tremblay has created thousands of pepper mills. His mills find buyers in shops and salons across Canada, as well as being sold online.
An Award-Winning Designer
|2007||Plein-Art McAuslan award of excellence|
|2007||Prize for Spring Chicken pepper mill – One of a Kind, Toronto|
|2004||Prize for Cracked Egg pepper mill – One of a Kind, Toronto|
|2004||Guinness record holder for the world’s largest pepper mill, measuring 11 feet, 6 inches in height and weighing 325 pounds, on display at Via Allegro restaurant, Toronto|
|2002||Gold Award Excellence in Craft – Circle Craft show, Vancouver|
|2001||Prize for best use of colour – One of a Kind, Toronto|
|1998||Innovation prize for Banskia mill – Salon des métiers d’art de Montréal|
|1995||Mention of excellence for Vis à vis chair – Salon international du design d’intérieur de Montréal|