Friday 5 with Ashley Rumsey of Mason Studio

Ashley Rumsey is a founding partner of Mason Studio with Stanley Sun. The Toronto-based interior design firm combines art, science and human experience to create a wide range of projects. From award-winning luxury hospitality, retail, and multi-unit housing projects to experimental exhibitions, Rumsey’s practice has a global presence. International experience and a unique perspective help her create meaningful experiences to enrich the lives of her customers. She is also a member of the Cosentino Design Alliance. Ashley Rumsey is joining Friday Five today!

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1. Habitat 67
Through our work as interior designers, we recognize the responsibility to improve social interaction in the spaces we design. Habitat 67, designed by Moshe Safdie, is a seminal example of how this is achieved through architecture. In the development, the residential design with several residential units is reinterpreted, whereby the importance of the balance between residential density and quality of life is expressed.

public art

Photo: Tom Arban

2. Art in public space
Art plays an essential role in our work. This public art installation, Two Circles by Micah Lexier, is a great example of how art can affect a space. The two black and white circles are stunning in their simplicity and make a bold statement from a distance. However, up close, you can tell that each circle is made up of hundreds of thousands of handcrafted ceramic tiles. This duality of simplicity and complexity based on perspective is a powerful message.

modern building

Photo: Garrett Rock

3. Norwegian Wild Reindeer Pavilion
Traveling is a great way to experience architecture and design. I traveled to Norway last year and had the opportunity to hike to Snohetta’s Norwegian Wild Reindeer Pavilion. The pavilion is an exquisite example of a structure that supports and respects the surroundings. The minimal shape of the building encourages the experience of appreciating the landscape.

Greyhound dog

Photo: Jaime Hogge

4. Office dogs
This is our office dog, Oak. He’s a retired professional athlete and while officially part of Stanley, he’s also our studio mascot and greeter. We think a dog contributes to an approachable and informal atmosphere in the studio.

Stone vessels

Photo: Thom Fougere

5. Tyndall Stone
We discovered this stone on one of our first projects in Winnipeg as a newly founded studio. Mined primarily in Manitoba, Canada, it is an example of how a simple material with significant meaning and sense of place can be penetrated. Its unique texture and pattern make for a stunning visual impact and are often found in public buildings. Tyndall Stone was also used to great effect in objects such as the vessels made by Thom Fougere Studio.

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