Furniture Design
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with designer Derek McLeod

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with designer Derek McLeod

Mason Journal recently spoke with Derek McLeod, a Toronto-based designer of furniture and objects, and joins the interview series with Toronto Design Offsite Festival contributors.  We learn from Derek how Canada can develop a stronger international design identity, how local and national festivals compare to those internationally, and how Toronto Design Offsite Festival strengthens the... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with designer Zoë Mowat

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with designer Zoë Mowat

Our next interview with Toronto Design Offsite Festival participants comes from Zoë Mowat, a Montreal-based maker of exquisitely crafted furniture and objects.  Mason Journal recently had an opportunity to speak with Zoë about the importance of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival and how Montreal is a distinctive center for design in Canada. Mason Journal: How... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Jason and Lars of Brothers Dressler

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Jason and Lars of Brothers Dressler

Jason and Lars Dressler of Brothers Dressler contribute to the Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2013 by showcasing their philosophy of creative reuse and highlight their ability to turn raw material into bespoke handcrafted furniture, objects and lighting.  Mason Journal speaks with Jason and Lars to learn about their exhibit Ash out of Quarantine, how their... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Shaun Moore and Julie Nicolson of MADE

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Shaun Moore and Julie Nicolson of MADE

In part three of our twelve-part interview series with Toronto Design Offsite Festival designers and artists, Mason Journal speaks with Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson, the owners of Made:  a retail shop providing Canadian-focused furniture and objects in Toronto’s west-end.  As founding members of the Festival, Shaun and Julie share their insight on the state... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with maker Tomas Rojcik

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with maker Tomas Rojcik

Stronghold (2012).  In collaboration wtih Chris Charuk and Steven Wilson.  Photo credit: Chris Charuk.   In Mason Journal’s second feature interview with Toronto Design Offsite Festival designers and artists, we speak with a maker who steadily perches between tradition and technology.  The Toronto-based, Tomas Rojcik, explains where he developed his skill set, how advances in... continue reading
Interview with Heidi Earnshaw: A Maker of Slow Furniture

Interview with Heidi Earnshaw: A Maker of Slow Furniture

Based out of a shared wood shop in Toronto’s west-end, independent furniture maker and designer Heidi Earnshaw creates unique handcrafted furniture by understanding our interaction with furniture and objects that enhance the rituals of our daily lives. Her beautifully designed and expertly crafted pieces elevate and enrich the spaces they inhabit. Heidi speaks with Mason... continue reading
Interview with Heidi Earnshaw: A Maker of Slow Furniture

Interview with Heidi Earnshaw: A Maker of Slow Furniture

Based out of a shared wood shop in Toronto’s west-end, independent furniture maker and designer Heidi Earnshaw creates unique handcrafted furniture by understanding our interaction with furniture and objects that enhance the rituals of our daily lives.  Her beautifully designed and expertly crafted pieces elevate and enrich the spaces they inhabit. Heidi speaks with Mason... continue reading
Interview with Lori Harrison: Imperfection of the Everyday

Interview with Lori Harrison: Imperfection of the Everyday

Wabi-sabi is the celebration of imperfection, finding beauty in the incomplete, and recognizing the transient or impermanent nature of our environment. Toronto-based textile and furniture designer, Lori Harrison finds inspiration in this world view. Through documentation  of the places she travels and the city that surrounds her, Lori uncovers the beauty behind decay and captures... continue reading
Interview with Fugitive Glue: Design Field Agents

Interview with Fugitive Glue: Design Field Agents

Industrial Designers, Inventors, Up-Hoarders, Field Agents and Design Fugitives are all titles of merit held by Ryan Wilding and Jano Badovinac, partners of multi-disciplinary design studio Fugitive Glue. Taking experiences from international travel and with an environmental and social cognizance of the manufacturing process, Fugutive Glue operates their studio with a considered approach to the... continue reading
Canadian Woods - Grove Table by Moss & Lam

Canadian Woods – Grove Table by Moss & Lam

From the deep woods of Canada come spalted maple stumps.  Often deemed as by-product of industry, these timber logs are instead the base of an understated yet luxurious piece of furniture designed by Deborah Moss who partners with Edward Lam to form Moss and Lam; the Toronto based custom finishes studio and furniture manufacturer. continue reading
Canadian Classics – The Jacques Guillon Cord Chair

Canadian Classics – The Jacques Guillon Cord Chair

We start off this month’s focus on the use of Canadian Industry and Resources in art and design by looking at Jacques Guillon; a father of industrial design in Canada, paving the path for a distinctively Canadian view on the mid-century modern aesthetic.  In 1953, Jacques Guillon designed the Cord Chair which was revealed to... continue reading