Symbol opinion vote Comment: Though it pains me to say it, Wikipedia's notability requirements for companies requires some evidence of coverage in general news sources. The sources here are mainly architecture and design publications. It will help to explain (and prove) the history of the change of name to "molo". Much of this article also reads too much like an advert, or resum´ for the company, with the 'design philosophy cited to an interview (primary source) and the list of works being uncited. Sionk (talk) 22:51, 8 June 2012 (UTC) Sionk (talk) 22:51, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Symbol opinion vote Comment: If it is in the permanent collection of MOMA, it's notable. has ref for that DGG ( talk ) 00:32, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

molo (molo design ltd.) is a multidisciplinary design and production studio based in Vancouver, Canada led by Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen. The studio integrates the practices of architecture, craft, and product design, and itss products result from Forsythe and MacAllen’s materials research and studies.[1]


Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen met in 1994 while on a research trip in Colombia studying the relocation of coastal communities.[2] The trip was related to the architecture program in which they were both enrolled at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia[3]. Between years of architecture school Forsythe and MacAllen worked together to design and build three houses and a series of other smaller structures for private clients under the name Forsythe + MacAllen Design Associates.[2]
Upon completion of their Master's degrees Forsythe and MacAllen began to search for ways to engage in the design of urban housing and public space.[2] They also became interested in designing smaller utilitarian objects that they could afford to finance on their own, from design to production, leaving them free to follow their own intuition in the design process. Forsythe and MacAllen moved to Vancouver in 2001 and began working on a series of design and architecture competition entries.[4] In 2001 Forsythe and MacAllen won the grand prize in the Aomori Northern Style Housing competition.[5] The competition was judged by Tadao Ando and Jean Nouvel. This competition win led to the construction of the Aomori Nebuta House (completed in 2011), designed by molo.

In 2002 Forsythe and MacAllen received an award in the Felissimo and UNESCO sponsored Design 21 competition based on concept sketches for their float tea lantern. Using the prize money from this competiton, physical prototypes of float tea lantern and tea cups were produced. The prototypes won an ar+d Award for Emerging Architecture the same year.[6] In 2003 Forsythe and MacAllen were one of five finalists in the First Step Housing Competition, sponsored by Common Ground Community and the Architecture League of New York for softroom. Also in 2003 Forsythe and MacAllen won the Golden Prize in the Design Beyond East and West competition for softhousing[7]. Forsythe and MacAllen were awarded first prize in the LighTouch Competition (Singapore), for their design of the softlight concept in the same year.

molo was founded in 2003 to produce and sell Forsythe and MacAllen's designs with the intention of using profits from the business to fund further research.

In 2004 Forsythe and MacAllen received the International Contemporary Furniture Fair editor's choice award for Best New Designer.[8] In 2005 molo's softwall was added to MoMA permanent collection.[9] The same year softwall won an INDEX: Award, the world's largest monetary prize for design.[10] Also in 2005, molo was selected as one of five finalists in the MoMA PS1 Young Architects competition.[11] In 2006 molo received the International Contemporary Furniture Fair editor's choice award for Body of Work.[12] In 2009 molo collaborated with sound artist Ethan Rose to create northern sky circle, an 84' diameter outdoor room made of snow. Forsythe and MacAllen designed the structure and built it with a team of molo employees. Ethan Rose composed a sound piece, based on recordings of snow and ice, that was played inside.[13] In January 2011, construction of the Aomori Nebuta House was completed. In November 2011 the building was Highly Commended in the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture. Also in 2011, molo introduced softshelter, a system of flexible partitions and accessories created based on the studio's earlier work with flexible honeycomb structures. The softshelter system is intended for the flexible division of space within large structures such as gymnasiums in response to disaster situations or any other circumstances with similar requirements for large-scale division of space.[14]
The name “molo” is an acronym for “middle ones, little ones” originally referring to the smaller scale of product design compared with architecture.[15] MacAllen has since stated that a distinction between product design and architecture is no longer necessary because he and Forsythe feel that they are just different words for design at various scales. The pair view product design as a natural extension of their architectural work.[16]

Design Philosophy

In addition to architecture, Forsythe and MacAllen have studied fine arts, science, woodworking, metalwork, industrial design, and glass-blowing.[3] The principles and practices of the molo studio's philosophy were listed by MacAllen in a 2010 interview with Design Exchange:[17]


Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award for Nebuta House (2011)[18]

ar+d Award for Emerging Architecture for Aomori Nebuta House (2011) [19]

Architectural Record Design Vanguard 2010[20] Winner, "Best Exhibit", ICFF Editor’s Choice Awards, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (2010)[21] MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Award for Aomori Nebuta House (2010)

Winner,“Body of Work”, ICFF Editor’s Choice Awards, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (2006)[12]

Winner, “Best New Designer”, ICFF Editor’s Choice Award, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (2004)[8]

Winning Entry, First Step Housing Competition, Organized by Common Ground Community and the Architectural League of New York (2003)[22] First Prize, LighTouch Competition, Organized by Design Singapore (2003)[23]

Golden Prize, Design Beyond East and West Housing competition, 2003
Judges: Alessandro Mendini (Italy), Kazuyo Sejima (Japan), Seok-chul Kim (Korea), Shi-Li zhang (China)

Winning Entry, Young Architects Forum Competition: “Inhabiting Identity”, The Architectural League of New York, 2003
Judges: Shigeru Ban, Michael Hays, Wendy Evans Joseph, Marion Weiss and the Young Architects Committee

ar+d award for Emerging Architecture for float tea lantern (2002)
Judges: Stefan Banish, Margret Hardardottir, Rick Joy, Carme Pinos, Hin L. Tan and Peter Davey

First prize, Aomori Northern Style Housing Competition (2001)
Judges: Tadao Ando and Jean Nouvel

ar+d Award for Emerging Architecture, for Colorado House, (1999)
Judges: Theo Berg, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano Fuksas, Billie Tsien and Peter Davey


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dunwoody, Catherine (Vol. 10, No. 4, 2007). "A Look Above The Rest". Nuvo, pp. 62-64.
  6. "ar+d Highly Commended". (December, 2002). Architectural Review, p. 83
  8. 8.0 8.1
  12. 12.0 12.1
  15. Croll, Jennifer (Vol. 1, Issue 5, 2007). "Cool Little Things". The Block, p. 25.
  16. "Awards" (July 2004). Canadian Architect, p. 57.

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