Place and Thing:
Celebrating an installation by MSDS Studio

It is a pleasure to partner once again with Toronto Design Offsite Festival to shift art and design from the studio to the urban sphere.

As part of the design celebrations, Toronto-based multidisciplinary design practice, MSDS Studio conceptualised ‘Place and Thing’—a striking, temporary intervention at Aesop Queen Street West. Inspired by a shared preoccupation for intelligent design and intimate environments, MSDS presents a series of custom lighting objects in sandblasted wood and mixed materials.

Set against a backdrop of rippled aluminum, the lighting objects create a domestic tableau, referencing rituals of personal care through the abstracted forms of the sink, mirror, bowl and other familiar items. Each piece is fashioned in response to the sensory pleasure of Aesop’s in-store experience while referring to the colour, forms, and materiality of its products and spaces.

MSDS Studio produces design that engages contemporary culture while adhering to the abiding principles of good design and craftsmanship. They work with the belief that interior space should act as a stimulating yet intimate interface between human and building.