In the process of creating Firn we sought to distill the modern snow shovel to its core elements; handle, blade and grip. With fewer components than a modern snow shovel, we were able to assemble each unit with only two fasteners, enabling simple repair with only basic hand tools. Each component that makes up Firn can be readily recycled or upcycled to serve other functions.
Firn is a collaboration between Dominik Gmeiner and Patrick Kroetsch, two young designers based in Toronto, Ontario. Intended as our introduction to local manufacturing, Firn has served to inform and inspire a new body of work for both of us.