TAS Profile: MSDS Studio

Jessica Nakanishi and Jonathan Sabine have a simple motto: Make Stuff, Design Stuff. As co-founders of MSDS Studio, they create interiors, furniture and lighting with a distinctly Scandinavian vibe. Their playful designs combine clean, minimal shapes with readily available modern materials like particleboard and sheet metal.

The duo first built a name for themselves designing SPiN, the ping pong social club on King West, and received international acclaim for their design of Shopify’s Toronto headquarters. More recently, MSDS has been designing the interiors for Pi Co, a fast-service Neapolitan pizza franchise; Flur, a boutique flower shop at Bathurst and Bloor; and have several projects in the Sterling Road area, including an office and storefront for House of Anansi press.

Since 2013, MSDS has based their practice out of The Planet (1655 Dupont), one of the properties in the TAS commercial portfolio. Their studio has many features of a traditional artist loft—like high ceilings and large windows that offer spectacular sunset views over the West Toronto Railpath. And the location can’t be beat: MSDS is one of the many design firms and retail shops that have set up shop in the Junction Triangle in the last decade, transforming the neighbourhood into Toronto’s new design district.

Though their main client base is in Toronto, the young firm has global ambitions. For several years, MSDS has exhibited collections at furniture shows in Stockholm and Milan, where they caught the eye of European manufacturers looking to put their designs into production. You can already find their products locally at stores like EQ3 and Umbra, and through a number of online design retailers. We love the midcentury-inspired 6063 Stool ($240, Good Thing), a stackable seat that would look equally at home in an office or a hip taqueria.

All photos courtesy of MSDS Studio.