Closer Look: MSDS Studio's Pleated Planters


With Summer finally arriving we take a closer look at MSDS Studio and their Pleated Planters.

As a Toronto based design company we were most excited to work with some of the emerging design talent in our city. One of these collaborations was with the partnership that is Jessica Nakanishi of MSDS Studio and product designer, Jonathan Sabine. Together the two work on projects ranging from products, furniture, and interiors, having designed spaces for Spin Toronto, Shopify & Common Good. We're proud to be added to their list of Canadian collaborators and introduce their design to an international audience.

Together with Umbra, Jonathan and Jessica have designed a set of 3 vessels to accommodate plants at different stages of growth. The Pleated Series; a self watering planter, a vase & a dish, are individually hand-cast in Vietnam just outside of Ho Chi Min City. Realized in a terracotta-coloured earthenware, the planters were created because of the difficulty they were having finding affordable and interesting planters in the market.

As they describe, "We wanted to create tension by making a heavy material somewhat light feeling. In this case, we decided on a fluted surface that breaks up the light falling on it. This creates a visually complex surface that's at the same time pretty classic feeling." As an added bonus the planter features a wick that pulls water from the dish up into the soil.

Enjoy an image courtesy of the two at their Junction studio (above) and some shots from the production floor and photo shoot below. The Pleated Series will soon be available online and in design shops around the globe!

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