Officially launched in 2013 in Paris, Ontario, Studio50 was the brainchild of husband and wife team Steve and Kim Prokopowich. Though the design firm is formally only a few years old, the principals and ethos of its design style have been evolving and growing together with Steve & Kim over the past 15 years.
The couple even outfitted their home together with countless beautiful furniture and accessories, predominantly made using metal, wood, glass, and most interestingly, cast concrete.
Studio50 is not only a beautiful household brand made with exquisite craft, but in my opinion, it's also a heart-warming testament to the husband and wife team who designed their home's interior together, one furniture piece at a time.
Their Platform collection for instance – a favourite of mine – is one of their many works presenting traditional forms of furniture in a new light, that’s not only aesthetically beautiful but also materially-sustainable.
Resembling traditional mid-century/art deco credenzas and end-tables in its composition and proportions, these pieces were actually inspired by historical pop-up performing stages.
The concrete is cast in a special technique the designer power-couple call ‘Gaia’ style. Referring to the ancient Greek deity of ‘Mother Earth’, this technique is meant to bring out and display the rawness and beauty of nature. The embezzling textured concrete finish speaks volumes about the art of their craft but also about Studio50’s tribute to materials and nature.
Perfect in its imperfections, this technique is one of their trademarks which is also utilized in their other collections, such as tables, media consoles, decorative home accessories, and more.
Not only does Studio50 offer a beautiful, and innovative aesthetic, but also a genuine, personal touch. The passion for their work can be felt in the details and character of their pieces. Together, the designer-engineer pair imbues their work with the spirit of their partnership as makers and as a family.
To learn more about their impressive designs, or to shop their catalogue, visit Studio50.
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Photos courtesy of Studio50.
Researched and Written by Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman, Undergraduate Environmental Design, OCAD University