Our studio and workshop are located in Paris Ontario and nestled on 2 quaint acres of land.
We acknowledge that Studio50 is on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral peoples and are grateful that, for so many generations, they have cared for the land, on which we live and work.
Here, we design and hand-cast our concrete furniture and homewares. As a small-batch studio, we create only a few molds to cast each piece. To ensure each piece reaches its highest potential in both aesthetics and durability, we formulate our own mix/recipe for each hand-cast design.
Sustainability is important to us, and so molds are built with stainless steel and rubber to reduce our waste/footprint.
Our technical knowledge of concrete started in 2009 and since the first pour we have been creating pieces to be used and enjoyed in homes like yours.
Our team is small, but mighty. Here's the super team and a small glimpse of their amazingness...
Steve is one of the co-founders of Studio50, but before he was slinging power tools and glittered daily in sawdust, he was/is an engineer. He is about the math, specifics and the golden mean and uses them all when working through design concepts. He pours the rubber and welds the stainless steel for all the studio's custom molds. He mainly stays on the woodworking and welding side of the workshop, but comes over when our bigger concrete pieces are on the casting tables to help get the multiple buckets mixed and transferred and poured into the molds. Team work! He's also the delivery guy bringing pieces to their new home, tech-support, fork lift driver, he wears many hats.
The extrovert here at the studio as well as the other co-founder, Kim is the human mixer of 32,000 lbs of concrete yearly as well as the romantic dreamer. When not casting, grinding, sanding, sealing or moving concrete, she comes up with new designs, that originate from something she wants to make for her own home. As they say, "Necessity is the mother of invention". She jumps in and helps move the heavy stuff with Steve and is part of the delivery crew of two on furniture days. Ordering supplies, curating for the studio shop, marketing and social media posts, taking pics of the studio and products with Julie, as well as the new fascination of filming, editing and adding music to our Studio50 Living videos is on her to-do list. She avoids anything that requires math, banking and accounting and is usually the face you will see in the studio's brick and mortar space when you come to visit and shop when we are open.
The organizer extraordinaire, the stockroom and shipping area is her hang-out spot. Orders are accurately and lovingly packed by her with a hand-written note in each one. Julie is a very gifted photographer and we are super fortunate that she loves concrete and likes taking pics of it...maybe not as much as birds and nature, but pretty darn close :) so when she's not sorting inventory, she is snapping studio and product pics or is the model in the wine videos and photos. A few times a week she ventures over to the workshop and helps process the concrete pieces on the sealing table and assists with transporting them from the workshop to the stockroom. She is a huge part in the smooth running of things at the studio.
We are a working studio, which means that this awesome team of 3 are the ones designing, making and shipping all the studio pieces. We strive to find a rhythm that allows us to work, have the studio space open for folks to come visit and shop and also have time to spend with our family.
Tuesday thru to Saturday one or all three of us are busy casting.
On Friday and Saturday our studio shop is open for you to come experience our beautifully restored barn which is the studio's brick and mortar shop.
Sundays, Steve and Kim deliver furniture pieces to their new home.
Which finally leaves Monday for laundry :/ and a little down time.