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The Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once wrote, “The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.”

The work of the team at STACKLAB, led by Founder Jeff Forrest, challenges the ubiquity of the mundane spaces of our contemporary life by bringing forth an opportunity for designers to inspire a contemplative environment for their clientele by create access, through modern technology and willing artisans, to create with total freedom. Construction and material become the lens through which designer and client collaborate as co-visionaries, creating uniquely contemplative environments.


STACKLAB is a multi-disciplinary design practice based in Toronto. Through its products and projects, the studio aims to provoke meaningful discourse about our ways of living.

Founded by Jeff Forrest in 2013, STACKLAB is known for its innovative blend of design, tech and circular manufacturing. Rather than work backwards from the desired output, such as a new chair or a home, the team applies a diverse set of skills and perspectives to problems worth solving. With a particular passion for the challenges facing regional manufacturing, the studio believes that the key to smarter, more efficient and better-for-the-environment living is its signature systems-based approach.

Taking inspiration from the technology ‘stack’, which leverages existing technologies, infrastructures and skills to create iterative, holistic solutions, STACKLAB’s regional network of experts in science and craft enables cross-pollination throughout the process. Oftentimes with the aid of an algorithm, every step is optimized to ensure it does the maximum with the minimum; opening up opportunities for material upcycling, waste reduction and alternate scenarios for reuse.

STACKLAB strongly believes in design as a vehicle for critical thinking. The team approaches every problem without bias toward a particular method or medium to maintain its focus on impact. Their output might therefore be described as a container for new ideas; the result of a rigorous process in pursuit of the best solution.

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