Biography

STACKLAB is an award-winning, multidisciplinary art-and-design studio founded by its Creative Director, Jeffrey Forrest, in 2013.

The firm’s unusual aesthetic approach can be likened to Plato’s doctrine of “essence precedes existence.” In an invisible world, the truth and beauty of an object’s form remain eternal and unchanging, regardless of the extent to which that form is revealed.

“We believe that beauty has a rational basis,” Forrest says. “We’re not formalists. We care more about why and how our work is made than we care about style. We want the way we treat materials to engage our audience. Through critical analysis and experimentation, we challenge established notions about design.”

Forrest adds, “We iterate with the goal of optimization.” The names of STACKLAB’s 1.5 chair and 1.6 stool, for instance, attest to how those products gradually approached the ideal as their respective forms were made manifest during design development.

The Cube series exemplifies STACKLAB’s dedication to materials research and innovation. It uses a material rarely seen in furniture, Engineered Cementitious Composite (ECC). ECC resembles, but is more elastic and less brittle than, concrete, and better suited for the building of furniture. It uses recycled glass as an aggregate and recycled fiber as a reinforcing agent. This composition reduces to a half-inch the three-inch structural thickness required with conventional steel-reinforced concrete construction. Such performance makes it possible to use ECC as a skin around a lightweight recycled foam core.

Summing up the firm’s business model, Forrest says, “We offer products on one side and design services on the other.”

To that end, the firm’s pursuits are split between two divisions: OBJECT, our line of furniture and art objects sold internationally in limited-edition and made-to-order series through established dealers; and PROJECT, our design practice focused on architecture, interior design and installations.

The OBJECT collection is available at Hewn, Jean De Merry, Maison Gerard and Una Malan in major cities across the U.S., and in other areas through STACKLAB, or online through Dering Hall, Architonic, and 1stDibs. Retail prices range from approximately $4,000 (U.S.) for the Garrison 52-102 to $50,000 (U.S.) for the Cut Burl Series dining table.

STACKLAB was founded by designer Jeffrey Forrest in 2013. The award-winning, Toronto-based multidisciplinary art-and-design studio experiments extensively with materials and fabrication techniques while pursuing a critical approach to form. There are two divisions: OBJECT, our line of furniture and art objects sold internationally in limited-edition and made-to-order series through established dealers; and PROJECT, our design practice focused on architecture, interior design and installations. 


RECENT AWARDS:

-1 Nov. 2016, Canadian Interiors, “Best of Canada Award - Winner: Product Category ; Winner: Project Category” ; Winner: Project of the Year”
- 11 June, 2016. Restaurant & Bar Product Design Awards - Winner Stools and Benches catagory. The Garrison Stool, London, UK 

- 5 April, 2016. ASID American Society of Interior Designers - Winner Design innovation Award. The Garrison Stool, Minneapolis, MN USA
- 26 June 2015. Cannes Bronze Lion – Cyber Category London, UK - Winner, UBER You Drink, We Drive Campaign.
- October 2014. Design by Nature Sustainable Design Competition at Evergreen Brickworks.  Winner for Ash A356.0. Toronto, ON.
- October 2013. Design by Nature Sustainable Design Competition at Evergreen Brickworks.  Winner for the Cubes Side Table. Toronto, ON.

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