Every time he drives to work, Derrick Nielsen gets excited thinking about the great projects at hand!
“I’m like a kid watching the Zamboni flood the ice. I love what I do and I want to be the first on. I have such a passion for furniture design and being creative excites me. I live for the challenge of creating office furniture that other think is impossible.”
It’s a family trait that comes from his late father, Danish-born cabinetmakers and company namesake Svend Nielsen, who came to Canada with nothing but a toolbox and seven dollars in his pocket. Through a combination of prodigious talent and economic need, Svend never said no to an assignment- no matter how challenging.
His core belief manifested in Derrick as early as age 8, when the boy would swim 200 laps of the pool in his session. By age 10, Derrick was throwing crushed crackers on strangers’ floors enroute to selling the most Fuller Brush carpet sweepers ever in the province of Ontario.
In his teens, he began working for his father in the family business, later became a European-trained cabinet maker and then assumed the role of Svend Nielsen president in 2010.
The daily mission for Derrick and his team is to create statement pieces that designers love and the word talks about. “We are known for one-of-a kind stuff.
Furniture is furniture, but what we do is the Oscars: statement pieces that anyone who’s seen them never forgets.
What sells these incredible pieces is not a man, but a brand: a reputation for unrivalled quality that brings in enormous repeat business. A brand build not just on history, but also on a factory wokforce of 40 in Toronto and sales forces in New York and Washington selling to global corporations.
At Svend Nielsen Ltd. we are committed to two core values: producing furniture of highest craftsmanship, and working in close collaboration with our clients to meet, if not exceed, project expectations.
With years of experience in the contract furniture industry, we look forward to serving your furniture needs for many years to come.