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Most of the time, a furniture designer is someone who makes critical decisions about a piece’s form, proportions and colour palette. But what if, instead, a designer acted as a true intermediary between manufacturers and consumers, tapping into supplier inventory to address demands on a case-by-case basis?

That’s the idea behind the Stackabl collection — which Toronto design studio Stacklab and New York furniture gallery Maison Gerard unveiled at the Salon Art + Design fair in November — and it’s currently patent pending. “It’s designing in reverse,” says Stacklab founder Jeff Forrest. “It’s asking, ‘What’s available, and what problem can I solve with that?’ ” Powered by digital wizardry, the Stackabl process starts by...

Stacklab Debuts a Tool to Build Fully Customized Felt Furniture

The design studio’s custom furniture configurator finds a use for excess materials while letting shoppers tweak everything from proportions to patterns.

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