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HoleyStump by Thout
HoleyStump by Thout

Sitting Pretty

Architecture alumni create product design studio

While working on master of architecture degrees at U of T, Patrick Turner (MArch 2004) and Andrea Pearson (MArch 2003) hatched an idea for their own design firm. In 2007, they created the much-lauded architectural and product design studio Thout, and were later joined by third co-owner Thomas Hirschmann.

HoleyStump (left) is a contemporary update on a rustic form of seating. The drilled holes in the white cedar log remove physical and visual weight, and are the perfect containers for beer bottles. The designers say it looks like a giant worm made HoleyStump’s holes. As cedar tends to show worm tracks along its surface, its an artfully rustic detail. Visit

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