Nested in a small industrial district just south of Whyte Ave, Mike Lam‘s industrial design studio embodies a remarkable supply of tools and machinery, seemingly enough to make any industrial designer’s concepts leap straight from the drawing board to finished product.
Our city has been blossoming with new spaces dedicated to living, working and socializing. The vast landscape yearns for something to be built on top of it. Although the glass facades and shiny structures that have been popping up throughout our city have brought about a more distinct skyline across the North Saskatchewan River, I have always found the repurposing of an old space to be far more fascinating than its shimmering counterparts. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, but the contrast of the unfinished concrete with Lam’s warm walnut pieces and the diffused sunlight filling the room, it felt nothing like the cold industrial area the studio was situated in. I sat down to speak with Mike about what makes this space so unique.
Why were you so drawn to this space in the beginning? Love at first sight? Or was there something specific that it had you knew would make your goals as a designer work?