Louis Dombowsky comes from a family of inventors, builders and designers from southern Saskatchewan. His pluralistic approach to industrial design comes from techniques learned as a cabinetmaker and concrete form-worker paired with explorations in sculpture and fine art having attended the industrial design program at Emily Carr University. This diversity informs his use of materials and forms which gives each design epistemological meaning by relating these objects to a broader context in art and design.
Azuza's contribution to a responsible way of life is by building furniture to last. The hardwood used is harvested from forests that meet high environmental standards and are certified by Canada Green Building Counsel and Forestry Stewardship Counsel.
Azuza uses a highly developed formula of fiber reinforced concrete that looks and feels like natural stone. Using it allows for a refined and minimalistic structure while maintaining stability and longevity.
Much of the wood has been reclaimed from disused barns in southern Saskatchewan. Being constantly exposed to the elements, the wood withstood countless blizzards and scorching prairie heat waves which mark the distinctive texture and aesthetic only time can make.
Steel is used for its remarkable strength and relatively small footprint, as well as its industrial aesthetic qualities.