Ancestor Chair

The Ancestor lounge chair is based on an ancestor to the Windsor chair from the mid 1600's. The referenced chair predates the formalization of the Windsor into a type and was designed/made with easy of fabrication in mind. It was spare in its use of parts and connections, and was made of simple component parts. We found the chair contemporary-feeling and succinct, and the homage to it that we designed retains all of its major elements and much of its character.

Year

2016
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Ware Lamp

The Ware lamp is a one-piece slipcast light that explores the formal plasticity of stoneware. The interior volume of the reflector component, derived from pottery forms, showcases the material surface with reflected light and gives the piece a sense of dimension.

Year

2016
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Trio Tables

These three tables are similar in dimension but are rendered in different materials - one in aluminum, one in wood, one in composite sheet. The character of each material drives the design of the table made from it. They comprise an atypical trio in that they're related only broadly through form, but more essentially through a shared attitude toward material.

Year

2016
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Shopify

Shopifys main product is an e-commerce platform that allows producers and retailers to sell their wares online. The design of the office is built on the metaphor of the mechanisms of contemporary commerce: the front office block and reception area are the Market, the rear office is shipping and transport, while the third floor, currently under development, will be production and fabrication.

Area Calculation

18,000 sq. ft.

Year Completed

2014
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Aluminum Pendant

The Aluminum pendant lights combine simple forms with a tumbled aluminum finish. The surface is pitted and textured - a result of the sand casting process - in a completely undetermined way, which brings an organic aspect to the otherwise shiny metal surface.

Year

2016
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Study Light

The study light is a simple light intended for the office, den, or bedroom. Its shell is made of a single cast metal part and is both evocative of iconic task lighting and resolutely domestic.

Manufacturer

WOUD

Year

2016
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Annular Light

The cone shaped Annular pendant began as an exploration of spun metal lights with multiple diffusers (think Poul Henningsen), but with relatively recent LED tech incorporated in order to open up the possibility of forms that wouldn't previously have been achievable. A cone assembly composed of two offset identical spun cone parts was arrived at, the void between them filled by LED strip and a lens. The effect is both familiar and new, combining a classic pendant form with a ring-shaped lightsource.

Manufacturer

WOUD

Year

2015
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Half Cab

Half Cab derives its name from the fact that the doors cover half of the area of the cabinet face, providing equal parts concealment and display. The doors are made of painted aluminum and are designed to drape over and slide easily along the scaffolding-like frame.

Manufacturer

Bruunmunch

Year

2015
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Common Good

Common Good evolved from the primitive act of storytelling and the natural landscapes which played host to this ritual. Through materials and spatial arrangements, an architectural expression took form that was organized to promote collaboration and connectivity.

Area Calculation

4,000 sq. ft.

Year Completed

2012
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Ladder Rack

The ladder rack was inspired by a simple structure glimpsed in the 1953 film Tokyo Story, by Yasujiro Ozu. The structure is primary, leaving basically no opening for embellishment. When repurposed for the contemporary living space, it becomes a useful, informal rack and hook system for use in the bathroom, bedroom, or entrance hall.

Manufacturer

EQ3

Year

2016
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Tape Dispenser

The eccentric handled form of this tape dispenser is a reference to packing tape guns. The handle permits it to sit in desktop organizer or on the desktop itself. It is both a functional office tool and a sculptural object for display that draws attention to everyday office technologies.

Year

2015
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Spin

‘Spin Toronto’ took inspiration from nostalgic memories of summer camp. The hyper-stylized interior exploits bold colors and natural materials as an abstract representation of ubiquitous elements – cabins and canteens, lakes and forests.

Area Calculation

12,000 sq. ft.

Year Completed

2011
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Kokeshi Light

Made from precisely machined aluminum, the slim Kokeshi table light is designed around the energy efficient parabolic LED lightbulb. A reflector spreads the light beam to provide adjustable, nuanced domestic lighting.

Year

2015
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Ladder Light

‘Ladder Light’ takes its inspiration from jewelry: conceptualizing light as decorative and expressive, rather than utilitarian. Hung on a wall like a necklace on skin, its natural palette and simple form echo the feminine quality of the fixture's soft light.

Manufacturer

WOUD

Year

2013
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A-Frame Chair

In use, chairs are most often seen in multiples from the rear elevation, so special attention was paid to the A-Frame chair from this POV. The intent was to arrive at a finished design that would contribute to an uncluttered order in any interior it might be incorporated into. In addition, this chair explores a stacking functionality in a formally unconventional way: rather than straddling the seat, the legs of the top chair rest on the rails on the chair beneath it.

Year

2015
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2FL

2FL Event Space took inspiration from the fluid and chaotic experience of traditional markets. Their ad hoc assembly, variegated visual identity, and ritualistic importance inspired the conceptual, graphic, and spatial design of this mixed used event space.

Area Calculation

6000 sq. ft

Year Completed

2013
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Pleated Planters

The pleated series was developed as a collaboration with MSDS for Umbra Shift's inaugural line. It's comprised of a tall vase, short dish, and self-watering planter. The surface of each cast ceramic vessel has a smooth bottom portion and a texture on top reminiscent of gears or doric columns.

Manufacturer

Umbra Shift

Year

2014
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<3 Side Table

The fewer than 3 side table has three distinct parts – a wood top, a wood dowel leg, and a bent tubular steel leg. The steel leg bends so that it runs along the ground, making contact at two points. With the steel tube performing double duty in this way, the table, technically, stands securely with fewer than three legs. The result of this arrangement is a light, asymmetrical table the figure of which changes significantly according to view angle.

Year

2012
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Mjolk 2013

‘Japanese Pastry Hut’ was a collaboration with Mjolk, a store that sells Scandinavian/Japanese wares and furniture. 500 Japanese shu cream pastries along with the Nakashima exibit were available to enjoy all night.

Junction Design Crawl 2013

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See The Light

Superstudio's 1969 Continuous Monument was a critique of “the world rendered uniform by technology, culture, and all the other inevitable forms of imperialism.” MSDS's installation is homage to this prescient project, still totally relevant almost 50 years later. In MSDS' view, the Continuous Monument anticipated, among other things, teh internetsification (sic) of the cultural landscape.

IDS 2014

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MSDS Studio produces design that engages contemporary culture while adhering to the abiding principles of good design and the inheritance of craftsmanship. Their work synthesizes considerations of material, form, space, and brief into resolved works of interior, furniture, and lighting design. This multidisciplinarity informs the resourcefulness that is the hallmark of their practice. MSDS believes that interior space should act as a stimulating, yet intimate, interface between human and building.

MSDS is committed to ensuring that their design is executed as intended. They remain closely involved at every stage of a project's development, and embrace the iterative, collaborative process that leads to good built work. Through prototyping and small batch production MSDS has developed an exceptional ability to collaborate with both builders and fabricators, as well as the tools to exploit manufacturing technologies in the service of innovative, viable forms.

MSDS works with with clients and manufacturers in Scandinavia, The Netherlands, and Canada.

Selected Clients:

Woud

Selected Clients:

Spin Toronto

Selected Clients:

Shopify

Selected Clients:

Umbra

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Mjolk

Selected Clients:

Bruunmunch

Selected Clients:

House of Anansi Press

Selected Clients:

Common Good

About

Projects

2016

Wallpaper* – Black magic: we're escaping to a better place with illusions of grandeur

2016

Architonic – MSDS Studio Profile

2016

Techvibes – Killer Spaces: Shopify Toronto's Brick and Beam Masterpiece

2016

ffffound – Assembly Rack - 10 Canadian Designers

2016

Wallpaper* – W House

2016

Ignant – The Simple Aesthetics of MSDS Studio

2016

Sight Unseen – Saturday Selects

2016

Toronto Life – Inside Shopify’s Toronto office

2016

This is Paper – Contemporary Design with a sensibility of Craftsmanship

2016

Yatzer – The Highlights of Stockholm Design Week 2016

2016

Dezeen – MSDS Studio combines wood, aluminum and ceramics for Source Materials collection

2016

DWELL – People

2016

Wallpaper* – Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016: hot seats, young guns and the new Nordic guard

2016

Formagramma – Ware Lamp: MSDS Studio

2016

Design Milk – Home Furnishings That Explore Materials and Form

2016

Azure – 11 Furniture Launches To See at Stockholm Furniture Fair

2016

Milk Decoration – La Design Week de Toronto

2016

The Globe and Mail – What room inspires you the most?

2016

Fashion Magazine – The up-and-coming interior designers you need to know about

2015

Frame – Take Two: Toronto-based M-S-D-S Studio builds rich interiors − and tactile products − based on imagery and idiom

2015

Design Milk – M-S-D-S Studio Tape Dispenser

2015

Travel + Leisure – The Modest Metropolis

2015

Nordic Design Review – WOUD at northmodern

2015

Financial Times London – Canadian design: Nordic by nature

2015

Azure – Toronto's Next Generation: MSDS Studio

2015

Sight Unseen – Up and Coming: Toronto's MSDS Studio

2015

RUM – I fokus Mars 2015

2015

Leibal – Shopify Toronto

2015

On Office – M-S-D-S trades on Shopify's shipping links

2015

Dezeen – MSDS Studio presents simple furniture and lighting collection in Stockholm

2015

Sidewalk Hustle – Five Things We Loved at IDS 2015

2014

Mashable – Shopify's Toronto office is way cooler than yours

2014

Stockholmsmässan – Emerging Design Stars in Greenhouse

2014

Hypebeast – Inside Shopify's Toronto Headquarters

2014

Dezeen – Shopify offices by MSDS Studio feature meeting rooms designed to look like shipping containers

2014

Drake General Store – House Party: Meet M-S-D-S Studio

2014

Nykyinen Design & Co. – MSDS Studio: Nykyinen around a project

2014

Metropolis – The Metropolis Guide to Emerging Design Neighbourhoods

2014

Umbra Shift Blog – Closer Look: MSDS Studio's Pleated Planters

2014

Block Magazine – Japanese scaffolding inspires Toronto designer Jonathan Sabine to rethink the clothing rack

2014

fshnunlimited – In the Vanguard: Toronto's creative leaders cast a brilliant light on local talent and their inspiring success

2014

The New York Times – Reaching Back for Its Design Cred

2014

La Presse – Toronto: Vague créative

2014

Moco Loco – NYCxDesign 2014 Preview: Umbra Shift

2014

NOW Toronto – What I Bought: A creative approach to condo shopping and design

2014

YLighting – Interior Design Show 2014, Toronto: MSDS Studio + Foscarini

2014

Azure – The Best of Toronto Design Week

2014

NOW Toronto – Shopping the Show

2014

Studio Beat – Studio Visit: MSDS

2014

Canadian Design Resource – Designers To Watch 2014

2013

Design Milk – Ladder Light by MSDS Studio

2013

Wallpaper* – Global Interiors

2013

Leibal – 60 Pendant

2013

Interni – Parti a Parte

2013

IIDEX Canada – Shiny Pretty Things Spotlight: Jessica Nakanishi

2013

Designlines – Hang Time

2013

Abduzeedo – Beautiful Interior Design Works by Jessica Nakanishi

2013

Poppytalk – Interview with Jonathan Sabine

2013

designboom – The Ladder Light by Jessica Nakanishi

2013

Moco Loco – TODesignOffsite 2013: Bento Box Plates by Jessica Nakanishi

2013

Toronto Design Offsite Festival – 2013 Award Winners - Juror's Choice

2012

Toronto Standard – The Collective Bargaining of Creative Success

2012

Toronto Life – Introducing: A-OK Foods, a new ramen and snack bar from the owners of Yours Truly

2011

Designlines – Carte Blanche

2011

blogTO – SPiN Toronto

2010

Wallpaper* – Toronto Design Week 2010

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