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June 19, 2017

In the Studio with MSDS

We checked in with the Toronto-based studio of Jonathan Sabine and Jessica Nakanishi about how they approached their brush design for our collaboration with Harry's, A Brush With Design.

Had you ever considered the shaving brush as something you would want to design?

Nope, but we were immediately attracted to it. It’s a bit of an anachronistic category, but one that maybe should be brought back. Shaving can seem like such a chore – bringing some luxury and ritual back to it can change that.

Why did you choose to work with turned wood?

We didn’t want to stray too far from the more common materials and techniques used for shaving brushes. Turned wood seemed accessible and humble to us.

How does this brush relate to other themes you are are thinking about in your studio now?

We are always looking for a moment of transformation in what we do. Here that moment is fairly literal: this one form comes apart into three distinct, useful objects.

How was the jump from concept to product?

Almost every design is the result of a collaboration between the designer and the people engineering and physically making it. While conceptually simple, this piece is quite difficult to make. As a result, we left a lot of little decisions in the hands of the furniture maker Nathan Clarke who made the piece.

MSDS studio image courtesy of Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott. MSDS process images by Rebecca Leach.

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