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M26 Studio

Make 26 is a Chicago-based product design consulting firm founded in 2005 by Evan Ward. Embedded within Make 26 is the M26 Studio, an eco-aware design collaborative that allows us to use our skills to create, develop, and manufacture our own designs.  Through these designs we strive to apply the basic principles of sustainability and localism, both to the products  we create and the process of creating them. Our first line of products is called Hala, which has attracted media attention and strong initial sales.

What makes the Hala designs special is our rigorous attention to function and detail. One of our most successful Hala designs is the FLIP Cookbook holder, which has undergone continuous improvement with the goal of making it the best cookbook holder on the market. The simple, yet unexpected design of the MOD and MONOLITH wine racks has garnered positive coverage in both local and national media outlets.  While expanding the Hala line, the M26 Studio is concurrently developing a line of lighting which will be exclusively sourced in the Mid-West. 

Within M26 Studio, Evan Ward taps into a long-standing passion for timeless, modern design. This passion, along with a broad range of design experience, including work for brands such as Taylor, The Pampered Chef, Pyrex, Thermos, Starbucks, and Newell Rubbermaid to enables the M26 Studio to explore home grown ideas and create fresh proprietary designs that address the unmet needs of emerging markets.

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