The workspace after COVID-19 has transformed into a multi-purpose space. From a simple office space where people do their work and into spaces that have both conducive spaces and amenities that allow for relaxation and inspiration, offices in 2023 have evolved into social spaces that are flexible, have biophilic designs, modular furniture, collaborative spaces, connected technology, and a peaceful acoustic design.

Mason Studio by Scott Norsworthy
Mason Studio’s materials library is open to all visitors and employees

Toronto interior firm, Mason Studio is a firm that has taken these details into high consideration when they redesigned their office for this year’s DesignTO Festival–Canada’s leading and largest annual design festival celebrating design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making. As a hybrid office and cultural hub that works on the concept of serving “the greater good”, it offers community programming like exhibitions, events, and other public-facing activities. 

Mason Studio by Scott Norsworthy
Mason Studio by Scott Norsworthy.
For various events, exhibitions, and events, the office has an open area where a tall atrium allows for more space

The studio located in Penham Park is a two-story industrial-style building painted immaculate white and decorated with curtains that act as a divider for various spaces and functions. 

While working as an office and studio for its team, it’s also a gallery space, a community library, a fabrication hub, an experimentation space for non-profits, and a coffee bar among many other functions. 

Mason Studio by Scott Norsworthy
Each space is divided by white curtains and has biophilic designs that give off a serene vibe

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Design-wise, It has a double-height atrium where artwork and other tall installations that need more vertical space can be exhibited. Upstairs is a plant-filled study where uniquely designed chairs and stools are placed around tables with designs reminiscent of moss and sprout foliage from their centers, creating a sense of tranquility to help reduce stress and to help one’s overall well-being. Local architects and designers can also utilize the open materials library that makes use of a “give-one-take-one” system that all community members can participate in.  

According to Mason Studio, the office space has several of these amenities to help stimulate local economies while contributing to the community’s cultural vitality. 

Photos by Scott Norsworthy

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