April 2013

Good day, everybody!  Spring is upon us and we’re busy in the factory working on our budding projects.

Fishtnk banana
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  • OWL Interfact

We invite you to play online with our OWL: the smart light. Try our Beta version of the piece and give us your feedback! We would love to hear from you and try to make the best interactive smart light in the world! (Make sure you click on the “Live Demo” bar on the side to see the Owl perform in real-time!)


  • Published again!

Fishtnk’s Tunable Soundcloud has been published in the book Make Alive – prototypes for responsive architectures.  This truly awesome book “documents an arena for design research in which distributed electronic sensors, control systems and actuators are embedded into the hard matter of architectural space, which in turn inflects to the behaviour of its interacting subjects.” (from forward by Tom Verebes, p. 12) To learn more, click on the image below.

  • Professor Fishtnk

Speaking of responsive architecture, over the past few months, our Mani Mani has been leading a course on the subject at Ryerson University.  Check out, where the students have presented a fascinating compilation of existing and proposed projects, such as The Bashful Boogeyman by Ryan Dixon (shown).

The Bashful Boogeyman, Ryan Dixon

  • Tunable Soundcloud evolves…

We are excited for the latest studies of our ongoing collaborative research with Mesh Consultants. The all new TSC with added features is coming soon…



We have plenty of other exciting new projects ripening that we’re eager to share with you soon. So stay tuned!

-the Fishtnk team

January 2013

Hello, everyone! A lot has happened since we last updated you: The holidays came and went, a new year began (Happy 2013!) and the groundhogs predicted an early spring. Here’s what we’ve been up to…

  • We have been milking coconuts …

A post-industrial refreshment

  • Bookseat’s new colour collection! Aside from coconut milk, we just launched a collection of new colour options for your Bookseat! Now available at Industrial Storm, 1106 Queen Street West in Toronto. 

Bookseat 2013 colour collection

  • Bookseat at the Design Exchange

Bookseat at Happy Show

We are excited to be part of SwipeDX at the Design Exchange design shop. SwipeDX runs for the duration of the Happy Show, through March 3rd. The Happy Show is the result of ten years of research on the notion of happiness by renowned commercial designer Stefan Sagmeister. To learn more about this didactic exhibition, click on the image below.


  • Meet the MAMO Family

MAMO Family is a stackable, interchangeable set of eight modular sculptures. MAMOs are named after the Hawaiian bird of the same name that was last seen in 1907. Their goal is to bring awareness to saving life on our planet. MAMOs are made with wood or felt and finished with natural oils. Members of the MAMO family come in different shapes and sizes and the tallest one, PapaMAMO, is 8 inches tall.



  • Holiday fundraiser

Fishtnk’s first holiday party, in collaboration with our friends at Cutler & Gross, was quite the fun night!  Held at C & G’s Yorkville boutique, we debuted our interlocking Mamo toy line as well as a rocking sculptural piece. Thanks to Mamo sales and generous donations, we were able to raise money for Sketch, a local arts initiative for street-involved youth. Our friends at Bang & Olufsen also helped us out with a sound system for the night, so it wasn’t long before our DJ had us dancing. To everyone who came out, thank you for the good times and for helping us raise money for Sketch!

MamoDJ John Caffery, Bang & Olufsen sound system, Sketch artwork


That’s all so far for 2013. Stay warm until next time!

-the Fishtnk team

December 2012

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November 2012


A lot has been happening with us at Fishtnk!  Let us fill you in…

  • We moved!

After two years in our beloved Parkdale studio, we’ve packed up and moved our factory to a bigger and brighter space in Thornhill. Yeah, It’s a bit of a hike but we’re excited about all of the possibilities our humongous new home has to offer!


  • Resource Furniture now selling Bookseat

We’re proud to say that the sophisticated space-savers Resource Furniture have picked up our Bookseat for US distribution and are showcasing our chair in their New York flagship location.

  •  Industrial Storm now selling Fishtnk

Our pieces can also now be found at Toronto’s Industrial Storm. Come check us out!

  • New Cutler & Gross, in Soho; by Fishtnk


Finally, we’re excited to have begun working on Cutler & Gross’s New York City location. It may not look like much at the moment but remember these images in the spring when the polished new store opens! Located at 110 Mercer Street, it will be right next to the Donald Judd museum. Quite the mine of inspiration! If you have a couple of minutes, read the article on this new exciting museum in Soho. (Clicking  on the image will take you there.)

June 2012




Hi, everyone!

Fresh from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, and with summer around the corner, everything’s peachy at the Fishtnk studio!

  • ICFF 2012

  • New Collection

Our app-controlled Owl Smart Light was enthusiastically received at ICFF. We’re proud to say that it was featured on Treehugger and published in several newspapers and magazines, notably the LA Times. If you haven’t yet, check it out, along with our new Birdhouse lamps.


  • Other news

The award-winning Bookseat was also just been published in Alex Johnson’s book Bookshelf, all about – you guessed it – bookshelves. Book one for your bookish shelf!

Additionally, we’re also thrilled to have a home in Boston’s Room 68 showroom.

Visit them at:
Room 68
68 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

  • Design Talk

Finally, Cutler & Gross‘s latest magazine features an interview with Fishtnk founder Mani Mani, who designed their new Toronto location. Here, Mani explains Fishtnk’s contribution to the world of design and where we think the future of design will go. (To read the article, just click on the above image!)

That’s all for now. Take care!

 -the Fishtnk team

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