How often are you greeted by a happy toddler and a friendly dog when you enter a shop? Not often enough! And that was just part of the warm welcome at Studio 126 by co-owners Anna Szul and Ryan Quirico. I walked in from the busy, hectic Chinatown street and immediately felt calm & inspired.
A fine artist, Anna combines her creative talents with husband Ryan to design and build furniture, primarily using reclaimed wood and welded steel. Benches, bookshelves, dining & coffee tables, and desks & workstations – all are on display throughout their space. In addition to their own handmade furniture, Anna & Ryan support local artists and artisans who share their aesthetic and values. Fine craftsmanship, locally sourced materials, and quality are apparent in everything they carry. Woodlot candles, East Van Jam, Brand & Iron handmade leather goods, and plant stands by Pyramid Metal Works are on display.
Studio 126 is also about community. Not only do Anna and Ryan live in the neighborhood, they’ve set aside part of their shop for ongoing art exhibitions. Currently on display are the ceramics of Sue Griese.
In the spring they are curating an art show inspired by the idea of the Nostalgia of Food. December saw the pop-up celebration of the launch of a new local food magazine Bread & Butter.
Their commitment to community, the neighborhood, and to quality craftsmanship make Studio 126 in Vancouver worth a visit.
Sandra Harris | Vancouver, Canada