Derek McLeod creates furniture and objects for people who value quality. His pieces have been described as archetypal, comfortable and usable – things which make life better by looking and performing well. A reduction occurs in the design process which strips away unnecessary elements to arrive at a clear and obvious result.
His work has been exhibited in Milan, London, New York, and Dallas. Derek has also exhibited in Toronto at the Interior Design Show, as part of Heavy Metal, Tools, Associates, Shiny Pretty Things and Light It Up installations; Material Explorations at Harbourfront; Hand & Machine at Ontario Crafts Council Gallery and other group shows.
Derek has participated as a critic and lecturer at furniture critiques at the University of Toronto, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) and Sheridan College. He has also taught furniture design at OCAD U, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Design in 2004, in the Industrial Design department.
Derek McLeod Design Inc. was founded in 2008 as a company dedicated to the design of timeless products. It functions by providing professional design services for contract and residential markets as well as a manufacturer of exclusive products including furniture and lighting. Clients include Keilhauer, University of Toronto, Palace Resorts, TAS Design Build, Hyatt Hotels and Minto Group.