Twenty years ago Aaron Zenga and his brothers bought a welder. With no idea where to buy steel, they cut up and welded together old bicycle frames, and built some of the world’s most outrageous bicycles. Years later Aaron completed an art degree at Emily Carr University and then earned a red seal as a fabricator at British Columbia Institute of Technology. With no time to waste, he and wife Brittany founded “Fabrikaat” in Vancouver BC, a fledgling custom fabrication business focused on quality and aesthetics.

Through toil and fire, Fabrikaat grew, and so did the vision. What had started as desk lamps and coffee tables, became large-scale installations, public sculptures, and complete small living spaces. In 2020 it was time to embrace the direction of Fabrikaat in a larger way, and rename the business Shelter Studio. Ready for adventure, Aaron and Brittany moved their family, and the studio, into the wilds of Deroche B.C, where the sounds of shaping metal are more likely to surprise a bear than a human. Here, the fog in the mountains lingers and drifts with inspiration. The Shelter Studio workshop is dwarfed below Deroche Mountain, but inside the small team believes in purposeful work, in quality and beauty.


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