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Toronto stu­dio Hi Thanks Bye’s de­but fur­ni­ture se­ries

Col­lec­tion O

With the of­fi­cial launch of Col­lec­tion O, its in­au­gu­ral line, Toronto’s Hi Thanks Bye has an­nounced it­self as one of Canada’s hottest emerg­ing stu­dios. Com­pris­ing five sculp­tural steel pieces (a laser-cut shelf, a geo­met­ric chair, a fringed floor lamp, an an­gu­lar side ta­ble and a sleek bar stool) plus a shaggy wool rug, the se­ries was in­tro­duced in a matte for­est green so deep it ap­pears black at first glance.

De­sign­ers Stein Wang and To­pher Kong, who es­tab­lished their brand in 2017, say that their own Chi­nese Cana­dian back­grounds in­spired them to com­bine the aes­thetic ap­peal of a tra­di­tional Chi­nese gar­den with the nat­u­ral beauty of Canada’s is­lands, in­clud­ing Azure’s favourite ar­chi­tourism des­ti­na­tion, Fogo Is­land. Hence the VO ta­ble, re­sem­bling a lily pad, and the OO rug, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Toronto tex­tile de­signer Avis Ho evok­ing the “plush feel­ing of step­ping on moss.” Pre­viewed ear­lier this year in Stock­holm, Col­lec­tion O be­came a bona fide prod­uct of­fer­ing in Septem­ber, when its avail­abil­ity for pur­chase through the stu­dio was an­nounced. Just days later the line de­buted a new bur­gundy hue at the Lon­don De­sign Fes­ti­val. _ERIN DON­NELLY hithanks­bye.com

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