Stu­dio North

Western Living - - DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR - David Ki­tai

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.”—

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