Blok on designing a legacy for the future

Blok Design is in an unusual location for a design studio. It’s not in downtown Toronto, where you’ll find plenty of trendy boutiques, galleries and studios on King Street or Queen Street. Instead, it nestles in the western part of the city, somewhere north of the university district, and not too far from the up-and-coming Junction neighbourhood. And perhaps that’s fitting because, both visually and philosophically, Blok Design likes to find places that are yet to be defined.

“Conceptually, we like the space in-between,” says founder Vanessa Eckstein. “In every project there’s a point of contradiction and we like that to be a point of discussion – like the juxtaposition, that point where everything is opposing each other. Trying to understand the balance is very interesting. So we like those spaces where people are not working, or where we haven’t worked before. We like the challenge of, ‘What is this space about?’”

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