Oh! October


TUCK STUDIO IS PROUD TO ANNOUCE an inaugural fundraiser: this unique event will enlist the talent and support of 17 important visual artists who will each create a piece of artwork on, or using, a white Umbra ‘OH Chair.’ Designed by Canadian Karim Rashid, the ‘OHChair’ has become an icon of contemporary design.

On a night guaranteed to excite art & design lovers alike, all 17 pieces will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation 2015 Give Campaign.

“Having celebrated our three-year anniversary here at Tuck Studio, we decided that, because so many people in the community have supported us, a fundraiser incorporating art and design — two very important components of what we’re about – was the best way to give back to community,” says Judith Mackin, owner of Tuck Studio and the creator of this inaugural fundraiser. “We hope that this year will be the first of many to come and that it will grow in size and scope.”

The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation’s (SJRHF) “The Give 2015” campaign is built upon five main pillars: capital equipment, mental health, research, education, and patient comfort.  If you would like to learn more about The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation and their fundraising efforts and goals, please visit sjrhf.ca.

The fundraiser will consist of a reception and a live auction to be held at the Robertson Restaurant at Shadow Lawn Inn in Rothesay, New Brunswick on the evening of October 2nd, 2015. Sales are limited to 150 tickets.

With comedian James Mullinger as master of ceremonies, Tim & Liz Isaac as auctioneers, and the team members of the foundation at the helm, an entertaining, well-attended and worthwhile event is all but guaranteed.

The event will have an obvious appeal to an audience interested in, and with a history of supporting, fine art. A long-time supporter of the arts herself, Mackin is determined to ensure that artists also receive a share of the sales (30% of each sale goes back to the artist). To ensure that the chairs begin at an appropriate level of bidding, there is an opportunity for those interested (first come first served) to underwrite a specific chair for $200.

There will be a viewing of the completed works of chairs online on TUCK Studios’ website as well as their facebook event page prior to the live auction. However, you must be present to bid on the work. Over the course of the next few weeks Tuck Studio will be revealing photos of the individual chairs created by the region’s best artists.

In addition to the 17 artist chairs, there will be some surprise Live Auction items including dinners for six with celebrity mystery chefs.

Tickets can be purchased:
$125 each ($60.00 tax receipt)
On line: sjrhf.ca/oh
you can pick them up:

40 Autumn Street,
Saint John, NB E2K 5R9
All forms of payment are accepted.

For Media inquiries:

Judith Mackin – judith@judithmackin.ca

Join our Facebook event Page:  Tuck Studio Presents OH! October!

Follow us on Twitter: @tuckstudio

With sincere appreciation to our sponsors:

Bonfire, Shadow Lawn, InColor Inc.






Three years ago, almost to the day, we opened TUCK STUDIO.



Three years ago, almost to the day, we opened TUCK STUDIO. Looking back, as a business model, as an idea on paper, it really shouldn’t have worked. First, there’s the matter of our location. Although we’re literally two minutes off the main highway, it quickly became evident that finding us would prove tricky at best for both deliveries and potential customers. Because our house/studio was built on undeveloped land, it took about two years for even google maps to figure out where we were. And then there was the matter of winter, and the fact that between December and April our driveway more often resembled a professional luge run than an reasonable avenue of access!

So there we were opening the doors in the fall of 2012 to a business that could never rely upon walk-in traffic.  If you seen the plan on paper, you’d probably have echoed the sentiments of one friend who said, his tone an admixture of pity and disbelief, “You’re going to sell furniture out of your basement in the North End?!”

However, having lived in this place my entire life, I knew one thing for certain about Saint John and its surrounding communities: they’re incredibly supportive of new initiatives, especially those businesses determined to serve markets that don’t really yet exist.I’m not suggesting in any way that interior design studios or furniture stores weren’t around before TUCK.   My point, rather, is that, in our view, a certain dimension of that market wasn’t yet being served: a place for design-driven consumers who care deeply about meaningful design. And with the advent of the internet and the shopping alternatives it brought with it – specifically, instant access to international design – we were confident that our passion for purposeful interiors would be shared by clients who appreciate service, who understand the value of quality. In short, we knew that if we followed our through line – that is, continued to travel, research and make available the best of international collections in TUCK — like-minded, card-carrying designophiles would join in the adventure: help establish a studio where all your interior needs could be realized in one location!

And join in you did.

As we reflect on the last three years of TUCK’s success, it really all comes down to one thing: the loyalty and support of our customers; all the ‘Tuck-istas’ who make the sometimes-challenging trek up the driveway, who share our posts, who send us pics of their new vase, sofa, or entire living room makeovers! It’s down to you who could order on line, or go to Moncton or Fredericton, but chose to support local. It’s you who bring someone new with you each time you come, who bring your pets, your children, your families, your guests, your co-workers, who show up faithfully for our events, who think of us for your wedding, shower, gifts, Christmas and office gifts, who send us links to lines you’d like to see in the studio, who afford us the honour and privilege of inviting us into your homes and businesses, who trust us to reimagine your spaces. You who sign up for our newsletters and who follow us on all Social Media channels. In sum, it’s down to you who have claimed Tuck as your own personal design studio.

It’s to you that we owe our most sincere appreciation.
Happy Three Year Anniversary to you, our true and faithful Tuck community!


Yesterday we featured the ‘before and after’ of Don & Patti Darling’s MAIN Cottage (if you missed it – click here.) After purchasing and renovating their main cottage,the Darling family turned their attention to building a second cabin for their guests.

‘Bunkie’ is a friendly A-frame structure with a personality all its own. As purposed guest quarters, Bunkie had to be welcoming and, most of all, fun! After the construction phase was all but completed, the Darlings invited Punch Inside to take creative liberty with the interiors.  The warm neutral backdrop of the wood walls and floor allowed us considerable range when it came to colour and whimsical accessorizing. Take a look!

And be sure to take part in our ‘Share-to-Win’ contest! It’s simple.  Just share this blog post through social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and your name goes in for a draw for these two (2) Jasmine OH! chairs designed by Karim Rashid for Umbra courtesy of TUCK STUDIO. Draw to take place on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at noon! As you scroll through the ‘after’ photography below you’ll see these chairs ‘in action’ (only in Surf Blue!)

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The Darlings built Bunkie from the ground up, an A-Frame structure that can sleep 6+ people. The cottage doesn’t have running water but has a composting toilet and a small kitchen area with electricity so guests can enjoy a morning coffee or a cold beer.


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All ‘after’ photography by Kelly Lawson, with thanks.


Meet Bunkie

“Bunkie” is now a charming retreat for guests and a quiet getaway for Don & Patti to escape the kids in the other cottage across the yard. Fresh and modern with a hint of rustic and a whole lot of personality!

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The high gloss white cabinets and shelves are from Ikea offer a modern contrast to all of the natural wood in the space. Sudbury dining table by Gus* Modern, OH Chairs by Umbra. In the adjacent living room is the Jane bisectional from Gus* Modern and the Hub coffee table from Umbra. Ceramics on the dining table and coffee table by Darren Emenau.  All furniture through Tuck Studio.

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The kitchen area has a touch of retro flair with turquoise chairs from Umbra, a green shag mat from Chilewich, and some nostalgic kitchen accessories. These plastic OH Chairs can be stacked and taken outside on the patio for ultimate versatility. Furniture and rug through Tuck Studio. Artwork by Suzanne Hill.

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The fun feature wall was a great place to integrate quirky accessories, greenery, and artwork. The Shadow Wall clock and Cubist Shelves are from Umbra and the artwork is a vibrant yellow silkscreen print by Carto Collective of the nearby city of Saint John where the Darlings live. The sofa and chair are both from the Jane series by Gus* Modern and the coffee and end table are from the Hub Collection by Umbra. Furniture, shelves, and clock through Tuck Studio.  Cushions belonged to the Darlings.

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If the inside of the cottage isn’t eye-catching enough, check out the view!  (Pendant by Tuck Studio.)

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The ceramics featuring illustrations of whimsical animals were made by Darren Emenau whose studio is less than a mile down the road of the Darling’s cottage.

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A silkscreen print by Far Sky Map Works shows some provincial pride and a lemonade dispenser is a fun pop of yellow.

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We integrated lots of plants in order to bring the outside in.

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The steps up to the two upper beds double as storage and a simple rope banister adds a nautical touch.

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One of the three double beds in Bunkie featuring a Llama cushion by Saint John’s own Wally and Roops.

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Looking out from the top of the stairs guests see both the stunning view and the retro sputnik-style feature light. Lighting through Tuck Studio.

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View from the top! Rugs by Chilewich, sofa, chair, and dining table by Gus* Modern, coffee table and end table, and dining chairs by Umbra. Furniture and rugs through Tuck Studio.

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The fun continues onto the patio. These bright Haus planters and modern Cozi chair from Twist are as beautiful as they are durable. Available through Tuck Studio.

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After Photography: Kelly Lawson
Electrical: Duncan’s Electrical 

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