Rules of Refraction: a Toronto glass studio


The art of stained glass has a long – nearly thousand year old history. It always makes the Design History nerd in me happy to find new makers revitalizing old traditions. Rules of Refraction is a the Toronto-based stained glass studio of Mark Savoia.  In addition to his glass work, Mark is also a composer and marketer. This first collection, “Zellige,” is inspired by his recent trip to Morocco and the beautiful mosaic patterns that cover the buildings there. The collection is accompanied by a short film that captures the spirit and inspiration of the pieces. Mark plans to release two Rules of Refraction collections per year, each drawing inspiration from music, art and experience.  I love the idea of hanging these in a window and watching the sunlight shine through them – sounds like the perfect way to spend a lazy summer day. See all the entire stained glass collection here -Amy Azzarito

See photos of Mark’s process after the jump!


  1. Katie says:

    So pretty! This work reminds me a lot of this Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThatOldBlueHouse2

  2. Wow that is an incredible amount of work.Love the modern designs.

  3. Oh so pretty! I’m Toronto-based as well, but have never heard of Rules of Refraction. Thanks for sharing – they’re great, and I love to support local businesses.

  4. fritha says:

    so pretty! I’ve gone a bit nuts for geometric designs lately. It also reminds me of the stained glass lamps my dad made as a child. Lovely :)
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  5. Nikki says:

    I love one and totally would get one! Before I do I wish they showed in on a mannequin or model.

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