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La Banane

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In any environment, the experience of the guest is influenced and engaged by each of the senses. This is especially essential in a restaurant environment where every element is crucial to the overall dining experience. When working with Chef Brandon Olsen for his new French-Bistro, La Banane, he had a clear vision for each touchpoint of experience for his guests. To Chef, the banana has always been emblematic of happiness and contentment. Our studio worked closely with Chef Olsen and his team to integrate this sentiment as a driver for the guest experience and interior design.

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Village Juicery, Bloor Street West

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In the summer of 2017, Mason Studio completed the 4th retail space for Village Juicery in the Bloor Street West neightbourhood of Toronto. It is a continued pleasure to work with the Village Juicery team to provide spaces that facilitate discussion, education, and enjoyment of their health and wellness products. We look forward to the completion of the next space currently under construction at Yorkdale Shopping Mall.

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Village Juicery @ Yonge & Eglinton

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In early 2016, we completed the third retail location for Village Juicery in the uptown neighbourhood of Yonge and Eglinton. Over the past two years, we have had the opportunity to work with Village Juicery on several endeavors, including their first two locations in Little Italy and Roncesvalles.

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Tung

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A relationship was formed between Mason Studio and Tung, the Toronto-based graphic design studio, after paths were crossed on numerous occasions. Emily Tu and Edmond Ng founded Tung as a response to create ‘honest, intelligent and beautifully crafted work.’ Their alignment of values to Mason Studio was clearly evident after a discussion on their methodology and approach.

Tung was brought to the challenge to overhaul Mason’s website to reflect development since the Studio’s conception; a site to exhibit a new and expanding portfolio of work, to share relationships close to the Studio’s projects, and to share core messages critical to the Mason’s process. The digital manifestation of Mason Studio is Tung’s acute and sensitive response to intangible values, attitudes and beliefs.

Mason Studio is honoured to have the opportunity to collaborate and have them share their talents. To learn more about Tung, visit their website madebytung.com or message them at hello@madebytung.com

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Scott Norsworthy

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The ability to create a physical environment for a user experience is a welcome challenge to Mason Studio, and to capture the essence of that continual experience within a single image is challenge of a different measure.

Mason Studio has formed a close relationship with Architect and Architectural Photographer, Scott Norsworthy. He has continually demonstrated an innate ability to capture in a singular moment, an environment’s complexity of experience. Scott’s photography can be seen throughout Mason Studio’s portfolio. To learn more about Scott and his work, visit scottnorsworthy.com or contact scott@scottnorsworthy.com.

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MSDS

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While the spaces that Mason Studio creates inform the type of objects that reside within, the inverse is also accurate whereby objects can lend guidance to the formation of the environment. In the later, the space becomes a backdrop to the voice of the object, highlighting the skill, craft and talent of the object’s maker.

In the case for Mason Studio’s Andaz Hotel, the Hyatt brand boutique hotel in Ottawa’s Byward Market, the objects specified from Canadian makers helped to inform the spatial design. The Toronto-based furniture and product designers, MSDS Studio, were an inspiration to the considered and carefully deliberated interiors.

Each of the 200 suites carry the Ladder Light by Jessica Nakanishi, and the Fewer Than 3 table by Jonathan Sabine. In mid-2016, the Andaz hotel will open to the public and show to international guests the strength and versatility of Canadian design talent, including that of MSDS Studio.

To learn more about their work, visit msds-studio.ca or info@msds-studio.ca

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ALSO Collective

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Mason Studio has been fortunate to meet many organizations that share similar values, principles and approaches. These relationships have been invaluable to the Studio’s continual growth, learning and development. A particularly significantly bond was formed with Antonio Lennert and Symon Oliver after being captivated by the pair’s natural catalytic ability.  Together, they lead the Toronto-based design practice ALSO Collective, a multi-disciplinary communication studio exploring traditional design approaches and topics through design research and experimentation.


A union was since formed with the Collective to develop self-driven exploration projects including a site-specific installation for Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel and a series of discussion panels aimed to engage the general public with critical design discourse. Hundreds of participants attended the discussions.

In part recent discussions, Antonio and Symon tell Mason Studio, “We had said before that Toronto is a blank slate, and now is a good time to test out new models of a creative community. Let’s establish connections between the various professions that intersect with design. Let’s strengthen the ties between academia, art, design, and community initiatives. And let’s support each other to build a solid community. We are the future of Canadian design, and it is up to us to shape it collectively.”

Thank you to Antonio Lennert and Symon Oliver for their continued contributions to Mason Studio. They are invaluable and instrumental part of the community.  To learn more about ALSO Collective, visit their website at alsocollective.com or email at collaborate@alsocollective.com

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aftermodern.lab

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Mason Studio has had the opportunity to flex creative strength with the Toronto and Calgary-based aftermodern.lab. Working on multiple exhibitions with graphic design firm has progress to a complex understand of the inner working of a complementary design studio.

In October 2015, a collaborative exhibit design will be open to the public at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. This exhibition surveys Warhol’s celebrity obsession and features his personal collection of Hollywood artifacts and memorabilia, as well as early artworks, film and video works, and photographs. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum and presented in collaboration with TIFF, the curatorial team include Geralyn Huxley and Matthew Wrbican from The Andy Warhol Museum, with Jon Davies as Managing Curator for TIFF.

Past projects with aftermodern.lab include digiPlaySpace 2013, 2014, and 2015 with TIFF kids, while the next exhibition with digiPlaySpace is currently underworks and will be released in March 2016. This exhibition won the 2013 Ontario Museum Association Award for Excellence in Programs.

TIFF digiPlayspace 2013
TIFF digiPlayspace 2014

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