Our project for Tipalti in Vancouver has made a splash in Interior Design Magazine’s 2024 Giants of Design issue. The spread focuses on the creative inspiration and execution of the art installation that anchors the space and ceramicist Tanvi Arora, our artisan collaborator in the project.

magazine-clipping-tipalti-workplace-design Courtesy of Interior Design Magazine

The installation, crafted under the creative direction of Senior Design Associate, Alex Watkins, was inspired by the client’s traditional practices and represents their philosophy and values. Alex used an abacus as a central motif, symbolising heritage and precision. Embracing tactile materiality, clay emerged as the medium of choice, adding a tangible connection to tradition.

The ceramic abacus design weaves old and new traditions through horizontal and vertical connections. It tells the tale of a modern, infinite number system where texture and human touch keep the contemporary world modest.

Alex Watkins, Senior Associate, M Moser Associates

From initial sketches to intricate 3D models, the design unfolded over several weeks, meticulously planning the layout and dimensions of each element. Collaborating with local artist Tanvi at her Vancouver studio, the team brought the vision to life with artisanal flair.


My intent with this project was to ensure that I understood and delivered the interior designer’s vision for this installation. M Moser had a wonderful concept, and it was important to me that I do justice to that vision while also doing justice to the beautiful material we were using.

Tanvi Arora, Owner, TAV Ceramics

The slip-casted, hand-painted ceramic beads celebrate the fusion of local and international influences, symbolising Tipalti’s journey from past to future. Structural integrity was paramount, and the stacking and hanging processes were carefully considered to ensure aesthetic appeal and functionality.

local-collaboration-with-ceramic-studio TAV Ceramics studio in Vancouver, BC

Fun facts

  • The design and development process for the beads took approximately two months.
  • The installation process took approximately 2-3 days due to the nature of the materials.
  • Approximately 2,000 lbs of clay was used in the design.
  • Local Canadian wood was used in the support system’s design.

The result is a tapestry of textures, patterns and colours, weaving together a narrative that engages the senses. More than decoration, the installation reflects Tipalti’s commitment to craftsmanship and innovation, enriching the fabric of its Vancouver office with a story of tradition and modernity.

Read more about this project here.