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My name is John F. Choat, another Industrial Designer, who graduated from OCA in 1959 and from that date until
1970 worked for Court Noxon at Metalsmiths Co. Ltd.
Initially, the Metalsmiths’ showroom and design facilities were situated on Yonge St. in the Rosedale area with the manufacturing shop situated considerably further north off Yonge St. in Richvale.
In the early 1960’s the workshop, showroom and design areas moved to a Laird Drive location where all three facilities were conveniently housed under one roof.
I considered myself extremely fortunate, as a neophyte designer fresh out of OCA, not only to be hired by Court but to be his assistant right from the start.
After a few weeks of indoctrination to the Metalsmiths ‘way’ of doing things, I was allowed to get my feet wet
dealing with ‘walk-in’ customers who ran the gamut from simply wanting to purchase a pre-made and boxed
wall hanging coatrack to an in-depth discussion, with drawings, about having an original hand-forged chandelier designed and produced for their dining room.
While this ‘role -of-the-dice’ aspect of not knowing who or what was going to come in next was initially ‘stomach
churning’, I actually got to enjoy the challenges and looked forward to ‘problem-solving’ for a client.
The range of custom designing furniture and furnishings was virtually endless; from the specific item required, traditional or contemporary, the material(s) involved, the method of construction, finishes, time constraints and
the allowable budget, the ‘juggling act’ occasionally became extreme until ‘solutions’ were finally realized.
I owe a great deal to Court for all of his knowledge, insight, guidance and willingness to ‘put up with’ someone
who absolutely loved the field of design BUT initially needed a major helping hand in working in it!
Lastly, I would very much appreciate being given Court’s up to date address to enable me to request his auto-graph in his book that I recently purchased AND found myself noted within it’s pages.
Please email to: artychoat @yahoo.com
Thank you for your time.