Studio MPLS


Its always a privilege to get to design for other designers. Summer of 2017 Elijah met Dan and his crew at Studio MPLS and they started dreaming up plans to turn their new building into a chic new home for their business. Their most pressing need was for a desk unit which could comfortably seat ten people. Our solution was to create a custom desk system, with five double sided desk stations made with architectural steel beams and nestled in between six 1/4" steel plates. All powder coated a beautiful satin black. This allowed us to carry the nearly two ton monstrosity in the front door in pieces, and offered the possibility of additions and reconfigurations to the desk if their needs ever change. The tops of the desks were then fitted with American Ash hardwood tops. Cord management and backlighting was carefully considered to keep everyone's actual workspace as clean as the design its self.  


Another major needs was storage, so we created this steel book case to reflect the materials, construction method, and proportions of the desk. It has five sections, divided by the same 1/4" steel plate used to subdivide the desk. Four of these sections are shelves, and the last one on is a bench designed to give guests a welcoming place to rest. The top of the shelf as well as the bench seat are made out of the same hardwood top.


Last, we were tasked with designing a conference table which would work with the rest of our designs while complimenting the Eames chairs they had already purchased. What we designed was a single pedestal design with a hardwood top and many electrical and data plugins accessible via a discrete trap door in the table top, and routed to the floor behind the walls of the pedestal. The simplest, but perhaps most important aspect of the design was to make the pedestal in a sort of bottom-heavy hourglass shape. The diagonal angles that this created tie in with the legs of the Eames chairs without overcomplicating the composition. The narrowest point of the hourglass is also at knee height, creating extra room for legs and maximum comfort while seated at the table. 


We'd like to thank Studio MPLS for the opportunity to create for them. And for their incredible help during move-in day. Oofta. 

Also thanks to Brent Schoepf for the wonderful photos of the finished space. 




In the spring of 2017 we had the opportunity to partner with Prospect Refuge Studio in Minneapolis to help an energetic young company build their dream space. We walk into projects at a wide range of stages, from designing, to framing, to finishing, and everywhere in between. Each presents its own challenges and possibilities. We were initially approached by lead interior designer Victoria Sass to create a massive modular display unit... out of I-beams. Our solution highlighted the raw, industrial aesthetic of unfinished beams, welded into a heavy framework. We made folded steel cabinets for the bottom layer, with bypassing sliding doors and drawers to provide ample storage. The shelves and shadow boxes were designed to be completely mobile. We focused on reducing their weight wherever possible, and designed a unique system which allows a person to lift each shelving piece out and rearrange them into endless combinations without a single screw or fastener. 

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To complete the space, two steel work tables were built with complementary dimensions and finishes. To keep the space as flexible as possible, we fitted them with industrial grade casters. 


We were also tasked with a few late-stage additions to tie together the space and serve a few practical needs. Such as this perfectly nested cabinet where guests can stow their coats and belongings. 


One of the pieces we were most excited about was this massive steel front desk. We constructed it out of heavy sheets of hot rolled steel, selecting a panel with beautiful natural coloration ranging from deep grey to subtle shades of blue.


Special thanks to Victoria of Prospect Refuge Studio for including us in her grand vision for this space. Each and every piece we created for this project was designed collaboratively, over many cups of coffee and sketchbook pages, and it was a blast to turn those sketches into a reality.

We'd also like to thank Amanda of Amanda Marie Studio for capturing these beautiful photos.