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Meet Todd and Molly Douglas of MODworks Design Studio in Logan Square

Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd and Molly Douglas.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Todd and Molly. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My wife and I are both architects living and working in the city. Although we both enjoy our profession, we also have a passion for art, design, furniture and re-purposed materiel. We started MODworks Design Studio as a way to express these passions. MODworks gives us an avenue to create smaller scale and more intimate objects. We try not to pin ourselves into one particular style or object, like a box or a modern style, rather, we explore multiple areas of interest. We feel that MODworks is always evolving and where we are today will hopefully be different than where we will be in a year.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One of our biggest struggles as we started out was the problem of studio space. Living in a small rental apartment on a tight budget was not ideal when dealing with wood working and scrap parts. We had to rely on friends who allowed us to use their garage or doge cars in our back alley on a nice day. We are now homeowners in the city and have a dedicated studio which has certainly made a difference.

MODworks Design Studio – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
MODworks Design Studio was established with the goal of designing and building unique handmade creations formed with a sense of history, grit and style. We specialize in small functional / novelty art pieces such as boxes, desk lamps and historical display pieces. We try are hardest to incorporate found objects such as discarded piping, scrap metal or old paper. Most of our wood pieces derive from recycled content. Our work is constantly evolving, and because of that, almost everything we create becomes a unique individual piece. In addition, our work derives from historical, (in many cases regional) influences such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Louise Sullivan or historic machines. I believe this truly sets us apart from other makers.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I think our proudest moment was during our first craft show witnessing the reaction we received from people. One of our favorite questions is “How did you do that?”


  • Typical large 8x10x4 box: $85.00
  • Bermuda wood lamp: $210.00
  • Old Fashion wood bicycle: $45.00
  • Typical small box: 4x4x2.5: $45.00

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