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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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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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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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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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