The Atelier is the creative studio owned and operated by Future Simple Studio, an architecture and design practice founded in Montreal. It is a sandbox—a space for play and experimentation; for fun, impossible ideas and exciting failures. The Atelier is a sketchbook—a repository for our daily inspiration, words of wisdom, tips, tricks and notes. It is a home; a place for our objects, editions and carryalls. The Atelier is also a virtual space that hopes to ignite thought, connect creatives and cultivate conversations around the creative process.

A conversation in the atelier with

Edith Sevigny-Martel

Edith Sevigny-Martel is a ceramicist based in Montreal. Her work consists of organic shapes which she builds using pinch, slab, and coiling methods of hand-building, often either exposing the raw stoneware in her finished pieces or muted, neutral colours. We sat down with her for our monthly series: Creative Perspectives.

Words of wisdom is a series that looks back at the greats—creatives we admire, trailblazers or those who have shaken things up—to distill what they had to pass on.

Free your mind

"Artwork comes straight through a free mind, an open mind. (...) You think it would be easy to discover what is blinding you, but it isn’t so easy. It takes time, see."
—Agnes Martin

create tension

"What people forget is that everything is unique. Nature never produces the same thing twice. The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?"
—Pablo Picasso

Cast a spell

"To cast the spell over an audience I would start with a song to create a certain mood which I carried into the next song (...) by then, they would be hypnotized. To check, I’d stop and do nothing for a moment. I’d hear absolute silence: I’d got them."
—Nina Simone

Live a creative life

"It's important to learn how to use your small bits of time. All those begin to count up. It's not the long amounts of time you have that are important. you should learn how to use your snatches of time when they are given to you."
—Ruth Asawa

Join Our Club

We've launched a club to bring our community of creatives together, introduce friends of friends to one another. We want to be matchmakers, have meaningful exchanges, spark conversation and contribute to critical discourse. We miss school and late night chatter, we miss helping when someone is stuck, we want to be inspired and be inspiring—we want to be friends!

Book club Meet Ups

A curious and friendly group that meets to discuss books that inspire creatives, makers, and more. Next read: The Emotional Power of Space.

Our Latest Discussion

Discuss what the perpetual, non-stop grind is doing to your creativity. Share your thoughts and any practices you've tested that have help you through!

The monthly challenge

Select 2-4 measuring instruments and use them as stencils to explore different compositions. Tag @theatelieryul for a chance to win products worth up to $150.



Come join The Atelier Club and partake in the conversation. Be inspired and inspire others. You will gain inside access to our discussion boards, the book club, monthly creative challenges as well as member discounts, first dibs on private sales, and year round access to the shop.



We created the Studiowear collection: a new series of pieces designed for makers who need versatile workwear throughout the day. This collection goes beyond the bag; they are items that can be thrown on and taken off, store objects, daily tools, and be part of your studio life. Club members will get 20% off pre-order for this collection.

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Why Made-to-order?

All pieces are handcrafted locally in Montréal by our master leather craftsman. We are committed to minimizing waste and have consciously made the decision to produce every item on demand. We do not make pieces to hold in inventory or to sit in storage. Our products are meticulously designed to utilize every inch of material and reduce waste. Your item will not be ready to ship the next day. Once you place an order we will put it into production and want people to understand that good things take time to make. We respect makers and their time. We believe in championing craft and want to be part of a healthy and balanced production timeline and lifestyle. Our pieces are not trendy. They are timeless and made to last a lifetime.

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