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ARIDO Awards, 2017

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In October 2017, we had a fantastic time at the ARIDO Awards Gala where we were the proud recipients of an Award of Merit for the design of La Banane.

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Eva's Home for Life, 2017

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Mason Studio was pleased to support Evia's Initiative at their annual Home for Life auction on June 7th, 2017. We created a living space with donated furniture from some of our favorite Toronto designers and retailers. All items were auctioned off with proceeds going to support Eva's work to help homeless and at risk youth make the transition to independent living.

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NXT City Night, 2016

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NXT City is a not-for-profit organization that connects young leaders with city builders to help inspire, create and activate public spaces. On November 25th, 2016 Mason Studio created an ephemeral temporary installation transforming space and perceptions at the closing party of the NXT City Symposium.

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TO DO Designer Drinks

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Join the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) and Mason Studio for the second edition of TO DO Designer Drinks on Tuesday August 2, 2016, from 6pm-9pm at Northwood.

TO DO Designer Drinks is an informal networking event taking place every first Tuesday of the month. Come have a drink and get to know Mason Studio and other members of Toronto's design community.

When: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Where: Northwood - 815 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1M1

*This is a free event with a cash bar. Please RSVP.

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PROpel Challenge

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On June 5th 2016, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) invited Mason Studio Partners, Stanley Sun and Ashley Rumsey to Ottawa, Ontario to be Keynote speakers at PROpel; an annual interactive program and conference for emerging interior design professionals.

As a summation of their talk, the following challenge was proposed to the delegates.


Challenge:
Determine the driving factors for you to exist in a state of self-perpetuation. Find your source inspiration. Learn everything there is to know about the topic to learn how it drives you. Analyze the impact by searching beyond the surface and find the root of the message and meaning.

Brief:
Write your own brief to respond to this challenge.
It can be anything! (i.e. object/event/installation/space/website/music /play/recipe etc.)

Criteria:
Consider the topics discussed in Mason Studio’s keynote address:

  • Adapting a current model
  • Creating the greatest benefit
  • Liberation from creativity
  • Look outwork, focus internally
  • Define the individual

Submit:
Create a proposal for Mason Studio’s review
Submit to: info@mason-studio.com
Date: August 31, 2016

Result:
Mason Studio will select a brief that most clearly understands the root source of inspiration and responds to it with the greatest impact.

They will support the selected brief in the manner that is defined by the applicant within the brief.
(i.e. as a sounding board, as financial backers, as cheerleaders, your marketing team etc.)

Thank you for your submissions.

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Eva's Home for Life, 2016

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Mason Studio Partners, Stanley Sun and Ashley Rumsey were honoured to be guest judges for the Young Designer Award at Evia's Home for Life, Toronto’s most meaningful home-themed marketplace and auction. Proceeds supported Eva’s award-winning programs assisting homeless and at-risk youth to make the transition to independent living . The event at Evergreen Brick Works invited guests to bid on housewares, furniture and experiences through a silent and live auction. They also enjoyed a curated selection of framed Eva’s “My Toronto” Youth Photography Project photographs taken by residents of Eva's facilities.

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Made With Care

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Mason Studio partners, Stanley and Ashley, were invited by Reznick Carpets to attend a weekend workshop to design a Moroccan-inspired carpet with SickKids Ambassadors from the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. They bonded with 13 year-old Brianna over sketching and brought their collaborative design to a full-scale 8 by 10 foot painted canvas. Reznick Carpets brought the artwork to Nepal to be made into in to hand-knotted rugs.

In April 2015, the designers and ambassadors were reunited for the unveiling of their creations as part of the Reznick Made With Care Collection. The event was opened up to the design community and resulted in an inspiring and productive fundraising event for the SickKids Foundation in support of Marnie's Studio.

Marnie’s studio is a Creative Arts Therapy program providing children with space and materials to engage in art expression; a safe place for play and therapeutic clowning, equipped with musical instruments and a recording studio.

For more information on the event and to learn more about the Made with Care collection, please visit Reznick Carpets website.

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A0 Perimeter Series

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Mason Studio partnered with communication firm ALSO Collective to create a creative joint force called A0. The studios share philosophies of design, but originate from two distinct practices; ALSO occupies a space in digital media and graphic design, while Mason inhabits the space of environments and interiors.

 A0 represents a shift in the boundaries of design, offering a space where two, three and four dimensions cohabitate and coalesce into a hybrid design practice.

In 2014, A0 organized a series of panel discussion drawing hundreds of audience members to engage in critical discourse between industry, public and students. It was the interest of A0 to create a dialogue connecting different realms to instigate new ideas. The first three topics of discussion were:

  • Hybrid Design: Collaboration in Practice, at Ryerson University
  • Public and Community Engagement Through Design, at University of Toronto
  • Design and National Identity, at Design Exchange

The third talk of the series, Design and National Identity, drew a crowd of hundreds to participate with the distinguished panel including Dr. Michael Prokopow (OCAD University), Vanessa Eckstein (BLOK Design), Todd Falkowsky (Canadian Design Resource) and Catherine Osborne (Azure Magazine). The event was moderated by Design Exchange president Shauna Levy.

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IIDEX Panel Discussion

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During Toronto’s industry trade show IIDEX 2014, Mason Studio partner, Stanley Sun, was a panelist for the discussion revolving around research on the millennial generation in relation to home and work environments. There is controversy behind the accuracy and validity of some published articles so the panel was formed to counter and support the research to determine where further investigation is required for suitable application.

Joined by a panel consisting of Annie Bergeron (Design Director, Gensler), Kevin Rauch (Co-founder, hitplay) and moderator Zahra Ebrahim (Principal, archiTEXT), the key questions were:

How are Millennials and their relationship with their technology influencing the built environment today and into the future?  

What do organizations interested in attracting and retaining millennials - as employees or tenants - need to know about the behaviours, preferences, and expectations of this rising virtual generation, especially as it pertains to the architecture and interior design of the physical spaces in which they work and live?

Photograph: Yianni Tong.

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AZ Awards

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For one night only, Mason Studio created a pop-up installation for Azure Magazine’s Annual ‘AZ Awards,’ held at the historic Evergreen Brickworks event space. The installation filled the ten-thousand square foot space with whimsical inflatable sculptures that swayed in the open-air, captivating the energy of the crowds and activating the otherwise derelict environment. The sculptures were crafted of four-foot wide by eight-foot-long white industrial bags bound together and inflated to create star-like forms suspended at variable heights.

Installed in the span of twelve hours, and disassembled in less than two, the installation responds to the spontaneity of the evening and celebratory air of the ambiance.

Photograph: Peter Sellar

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