Between the laneway houses, public art installations, climbable bookshelves and lakeside nap pods, Mark Erickson and Matt Kennedy have been keeping themselves busy. But for the partners behind Calgary design firm Studio North, a wide scope was always part of the plan.
“Each scale offers different design opportunities,” says Kennedy. “We can focus on articulating a brand in a hotel or get into tactile elements with furniture.” Working at so many scales informs Studio North’s small-space-focused furniture design. The firm’s sleek, modern stools and benches from their “flat furniture” line assemble without screws or nails; dining tables with natural wood finishes are designed to transform from seating four to seating 10. Because even in small spaces, the duo tries to preserve a sense of play. Being playful,” says Kennedy, “is about thinking how things can transform.”—