Live Work is a minimalist furniture and lighting collection created by Toronto-based designers MSDS Studio. This collection of objects is a response to the dissolving boundary between our work and private lives. On one hand, the workflow in offices has become more flexible and their design more domestic. On the other hand, the home – because of technology and the rise of freelance work, etc – has become more like the office. The designers approached the problem with concern for both functionality and meaning. They designed useful things, like a multifunctional work cart and a reconfigurable shelf, that address some of the needs of the workplace and home, while ensuring that the pieces also spoke a formal vocabulary sympathetic to both contexts. But they also worked to ensure that the pieces spoke a formal vocabulary of both contexts. The forms, materials, and idealism of Mid-century workplace design provided a starting place for this collection.

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