For many people, a dreary doctor’s office waiting room is no source for creative inspiration. But that’s exactly where Winnipeg designer Nicole Marion was when a single element on an otherwise unremarkable chair caught her attention. “It was a little boring, overall, but it did have a nice curved detail,” says Marion of the 1970s tubular chair in question. “I wanted to see if I could emphasize that curve by using a much larger tube diameter.”

Winnipeg designer Nicole Marion, designer of the Studio's Great Mid-Century Chair

This was back in 2018, when Marion had recently founded her own studio and was looking to design something for herself — no client brief, no project specifications. Well versed in residential product design (after earning her master’s degree in architecture from the University of…

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