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Recognizing Runxi Towers

Designing spaces that reflect the lifestyles of a community is one of the greatest achievements.⁠ Our Runxi Towers project in Shenzhen, China, continues to receive praise. The project was recently awarded three honours from Interior Design Awards (IDA), celebrated for being a beautiful, welcoming residence for people to thrive.⁠

Last year, the project was also awarded Best in Residential Developments by the Architectural Press Release, World Interior News Awards and the Asia-Pacific Space Designers Association.

We extend our gratitude to the Mason Studio team, our clients, and the countless consultants, tradespeople, and craftspeople for your collaboration and support. ⁠Connect with us to learn more about how we create compelling spaces.

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Omar Gandhi Electric Brick Light Launch

Bringing extraordinary people together to form connections and spark new ideas is the core of our Cultural Hub.

On March 7, we hosted the celebration of a collaboration between Omar Gandhi Architects, Aaline Lighting and Acoustics, Filo Timo and Donohoe Living Landscapes, who launched a new lighting product line at Mason Studio’s Gallery.

Magic happens when we collaborate with fellow designers that embody our shared values - our space is flexible for hosting an array of programs.

From product launch to party, the Cultural Hub is a space where we can support collaborator's vision and needs - ensuring the build up is effortless - brick by brick.

We're always open to new opportunities to collaborate and share a space for big ideas. Opening our doors to their teams, industry members and friends provided a sense of place where projects and people shine.

See a recap of the event here.

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Body of Aesthetics: on now at The Gallery

The Cultural Hub at Mason Studio fosters the communication of ideas that contribute to greater discourse through limitless mediums.

This month, the Gallery hosts Body of Aesthetics, curated by interior designer and MFA graduate student at OCAD University Sara Dagovic. The exhibition presents the works of artists Orus Mateo Castaño-Suárez and Artemis Han, who respond to the injustices suffered by the body as it is isolated from the collective and reduced to a means of production, as it is subjected to the medical gaze. Castaño-Suárez and Han turn to digital multi-sensory mediums – including an ASMR experience booth upon entry into the space, and a digital audio-visual installation - to explore meaning-making while navigating the world through illness. Learn more here.

Body of Aesthetics is on from March 15 through 28 - Visit The Gallery at 91 Pelham Avenue, Toronto.

Gallery Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

Join Sara, Orus and Artemis on Thursday, March 28 for an artist talk from 6-8 pm. RSVP here.

Photo courtesy of Hansen Brown

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Jovial: on now at The Gallery

The Gallery at Mason Studio is a space where people gather to experience art, connect with others and learn about their community.

We are thrilled to host Jovial from February 8 through 29, 2024 - an exhibition curated by J’don McSween of Capsul Studio. The exhibition features photography by Jerawl Jordan and a large-scale painting by Jade Amaya.

Jovial is a celebration and acknowledgment of Caribbean culture through imagery, calling upon the history of Carnival and stories that make up the heritage of the Caribbean islands. The artists invite community to indulge in the history that made the people of the Caribbean so joyful.

Opening Reception: February 8, 2024 - 7 to 10 pm
The Gallery at Mason Studio - 91 Pelham Avenue, Toronto

On until February 29 - Gallery Hours - see full schedule here.
Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.

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Nourish : Connecting Through Dumplings

Presented by Mason Studio at the 91 Pelham Ave Cultural Hub
As part of DesignTO 2024

Food has an incredible power to connect people. Mason Studio gathers the stories, histories, and traditions of many cultures through one dish that connects them all: the dumpling.

From the Polish perogy to the Chinese wonton, explore how various celebrated Toronto chefs and restauranteurs prepare dumplings that reflect their heritage. Each restaurant will share some of their cherished dumpling recipes for you to try at home.

For two interactive evenings, Mason Studio pairs leading chefs and culinary experts to discuss how food connects people. They will also demonstrate, provide samples, and teach you how to make their dumplings with a hands-on experience.

The Open House event will celebrate all the chefs and provide dumpling samples from some participating restaurants.

Interactive Evenings:

  • January 20 and 27, 6 to 9 pm
  • Limited seats available
  • RSVP for January 20 here
  • RSVP for January 27 here

Open House:

  • January 24, 6 to 9 pm
  • RSVP for tickets here

Lighting sponsor: LightForm
Interactive evenings: AnthroDish, Pastaio, The Depanneur, Lokum Eats
Gallery exhibitors: Café Polonez, Chubby’s, ChopTime Catering, The Daily Dumpling Wonton Co., Chef Taylor Parker, DaiLo and Garleek Kitchen.

Special Events – by RSVP (Eventbrite):
Capacity: Limited seating
Entry Fee: Free, but a Pay What You Want donation is welcome. All proceeds go to The Stop Community Food Centre.

For questions about accessibility or other details, please contact

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Getting To Know Our Neighbours at The Gallery

The Gallery at Mason Studio | 91 Pelham Ave, Toronto
November 14 through December 11, 2023

an art exhibition in collaboration with Making Art Making Change
and Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre

Inspired by the artwork made by participants in Long Life: Positive HIV Stories, an art project directed by Jonathan Morgan (2003, Cape Town, South Africa) Making Art Making Change (MAMC) facilitated eight two-hour participatory workshops for clients of Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (DPNCHC).
Participants from the DPNCHC +55 community group met weekly to share their stories, lived experiences, memories, and identity in their artwork. Each participant traced their body maps on corrugated cardboard and began to add rich details, textures, imagery, and text as they enthusiastically developed their visual storytelling. Using artist-quality materials, the group built their own “body of work” each week, adding layers of meaning while exploring different techniques.

Visit The Gallery at Mason Studio Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm daily, to experience these incredible art pieces.

Accessibility: The Gallery is located on the first floor, which is accessible from the front entrance of 91 Pelham. Our washrooms are not fully accessible, and upper levels are only accessible via stairs. For questions and more information, please contact and we would be pleased to discuss how we can help support your visit. 

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Alobar Downtown featured in The Spaces

"Mason Studio puts a fresh spin on the classic bistro."⁠

UK-based interior design magazine, The Spaces, recently featured our design of Alobar Downtown. Highlighting the colour selection, furnishing and intentional elements across all programming areas, the piece takes a look at the central themes that make this dining destination unique. ⁠Read the feature here.

Toronto’s Alobar Downtown defines world class in its food, hospitality, and environment. A staple dining locale within the Alo Food Group brand, and its Michelin Star-rated sibling restaurant, Alobar balances an upscale experience with a laid-back spirit, comfortable structure and tactile details. For the fashion-forward, business savvy individual with good taste and broad knowledge of cuisine and libations.

Mason Studio recognized integral design elements aligned with the Alobar identity, and sought to shape this to its new form. Intentional lighting, to contrasting marble with natural wood, curvature and smooth surfaces make the signature dining experience while highlighting function for both staff and guests.

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Work From (AMS) The World: Erin Kinninmont

Mason Studio | Work From The World with Erin Kinninmont, Project Designer
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Going Dutch (by design). Amsterdam, Netherlands was Mason Studio Project Designer Erin Kinninmont’s locale of choice for her Work From The World venture. From pedaling through the city streets on bicycles or traversing canals, to perusing pops of colour and examining adaptable, sustainable living, Amsterdam offered an abundant learning experience. Always taking it back to their roots, with a vision for the future, Erin grasped Amsterdam’s preservation of heritage in the midst of their human-centred forward-thinking approach.

“Traveling to new places broadens your perspective and exposes you to new cultures which ultimately enhances your understanding and appreciation for design,” Erin says. “An important takeaway for me is that historical contexts and traditions inform design choices, helping designers to adapt and innovate.”

Read more about Erin’s journey below and connect with her at @erin_kinninmont.

How has this trip to Amsterdam contributed to your understanding of design?
Traveling to new places broadens your perspective and exposes you to new cultures which ultimately enhances your understanding and appreciation for design. In Amsterdam the long history of canals has greatly influenced the city’s architecture and overall urban planning. The expansion of the canal network in the 17th century led to its dense urban layout resulting in tall, narrow canal houses that the city is now recognized by. An important takeaway for me is that historical contexts and traditions inform design choices, helping designers to adapt and innovate.

What innovations did you witness, experience, engage with?
Amsterdam’s floating homes represent an innovative approach to urban living by embracing the city’s extensive network of canals. These homes built on floating platforms offer several benefits including adaptability to rising sea levels, create an efficient use of urban space, and offers a sustainable lifestyle to its residents. This innovative housing solution integrates harmoniously with the city’s waterways and provides its residence with a unique way of living.

Tell us about any signature elements synonymous with Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is known for its signature architectural elements like narrow, gabled houses with red brick facades with line the city’s canals. Dutch design is also characterized by simplicity, repetition, and functionality. They combine historic architecture with modern furnishings often featuring clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic. Amsterdam blends historic charm with contemporary design elements to create a distinctive style that feels laid back and effortless.

Is there an element of design you’d like to integrate in your practice?
I visited an exhibition created by Dutch design studio Raw Color whose central focus is on the investigation of colour through interdisciplinary projects. The show featured a selection of their work which explores different aspects of colour including density, proportion, translucency and blending. Colour theory is a tool that I would like to integrate into my practice because of its ability to influence people’s perception of space. It can change the way we experience light, size, temperature and mood. This is a design strategy that isn’t often used in Canadian interiors but a practice that I hope to see integrated more often.

How has this travel experience contributed to the way you think, act and live?
Amsterdam embodies a relaxed, socially connected, and environmentally conscious way of living which inspires me to make changes in the way I live back home. The city’s bike friendly culture promotes physical activity and a sustainable way to commute which is something I would love to integrate into my routine. Amsterdam’s relaxed and community centric values also encourages me to adopt a slower pace and a greater focus on work-life balance.

What aspects of community, inclusion and belonging did you witness or experience within the Amsterdam, and the local culture?
In Amsterdam, community is a central focus in their design approach and takes precedence over aesthetics. This reflects the city’s commitment to fostering strong social connections through design by promoting pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods with shared public spaces such as parks, co-working spaces, squares, and community gardens. Amsterdam’s emphasis on sustainable, accessible and people centric urban planning helps create an environment where residents are more likely to engage with one another and build a strong sense of community.

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IKEA Canada Open House at Mason Studio

All are welcome at the IKEA Canada Open House, hosted at Mason Studio from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15. The Open House Event celebrates the latest in life at home with curated design and home furnishing inspiration focusing on the past, present, and future.

Explore art installations designed by the Mason Studio team that highlight one of IKEA's most iconic and coveted storage products, the KALLAX shelving series. IKEA will bridge the past and present showcasing '70s and '80s designs with the reveal of its second Nytillverkad collection, and holiday collections such as the Scandinavian-folklore-inspired VINTERFINT collection and the AROMATISK collection designed to support the festivities around Diwali. See how design and technology come together through the recently launched AI-powered and digital experience, IKEA Kreativ. Guests will also be able to preview other seasonal collections and experience a sleep sanctuary with curated tours from sleep experts.

Majority of product displayed will go to Furniture Bank, a Toronto based charity and social enterprise.

Anyone who pops in for a visit can enter for a chance to win a $1000 IKEA gift card, must be an IKEA Family member to enter. 

Visit from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
91 Pelham Ave, Toronto ON | Map

Mason Studio is partially accessible - our ground floor is fully accessible through the front door. Three installations are situated on the ground floor and can be experienced fully upon entry. There is a partially-accessible washroom on the ground floor. For questions and more information, please reach out to

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Mason Minute with Takako Daros

Takako Daros was one of Mason Studio’s awesome interns over summer 2023. She is currently in her fourth year at Toronto Metropolitan University. While at Mason Studio, Takako developed her confidence and professional mindset by immersing herself in several projects, collaborating with the design teams and gaining hands-on experience.

Born in Sapporo, Japan and based in Toronto, Takako is particularly passionate about the beauty of imperfections through various materials.* “They add character, depth, and a unique quality to spaces, making them feel authentic and rich in history while reducing waste in the design industry,” Takako adds.*Italic text

Read on below to learn more about Takako’s design journey. Follow Takako on Instagram (@takakodaros)

My personal floorplan for design: comes from exposure to different cultures. I have deepened my appreciation for cultural diversity by travelling domestically and abroad to cities and towns and seeing natural landscapes; moving to Canada from Japan further allows me to see daily life from a new perspective as a minority. All these experiences drive me to create spaces that embrace inclusivity and prioritize the well-being of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

I am passionate about: the beauty of imperfections such as wood knots, irregular pattern stones, and sacred leather. They add character, depth, and a unique quality to spaces, making them feel authentic and rich in history while reducing waste in the design industry.

A design idea that I want to explore further is: sensory-rich design by carefully curating tactile, auditory, and olfactory experiences in environments that are inviting and enriching to individuals.

Design has taught me: to empathize with the end-users, understanding their needs, desires, and emotions. This human-centered approach extends to my daily life; I discover unique details, textures, and nuances that often go unnoticed by others.

Design creates a sense of community – here is a moment where it resonated most: I used to go to the Toronto Reference Library when I came to Toronto, feeling alienated in this country, but the library was my sanctuary then. The well-designed library is an important anchor in individuals' lives, offering access to knowledge together with a sense of belonging and connection to the community, even in a new and unfamiliar place.

A hobby of mine includes: going to art museums and galleries; It's a beautiful way to feed my curiosity, find inspiration, and nourish my soul. I'll enjoy my continued journeys through the world of art!

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