The Leaning Loop Story

The story of the leaning loop began in a small space with a messy problem. While finishing architecture school, I was renting a small apartment with several roommates, no living room area and very little personal storage space. I would come home and walk straight to my bedroom and use just about any surface available to unload my shoes, coat, bike helmet, wallet, change, keys, etc.. My bedroom was constantly in disarray. This was also my living room, study area, and dining room—all very tight.

I wanted a nice piece of furniture to help organize my life and it needed to look amazing so I could enjoy what little space I had. I also didn’t want something that screwed into the walls only to have to patch the mess when I left. I looked everywhere for something that would fit a narrow space or hallway and not look clunky or cheap. I found very few solutions out there. So, I set out to design a piece of furniture that solved my problem.

After sketching, modeling, and building a number of full-scale prototypes, I worked through a number of design issues before refining the design you see today. I teamed up with a talented local woodworker, Greg Moogk, to help take my design to a higher level of quality and craftsmanship, and develop a method for small-scale local production.

Today, we are able to offer the Leaning Loop in several wood types, with a number of customizable design options. We are focused on delivering a beautiful object with high quality components and fine craftsmanship, ready to lean on your walls.

Where to see it

Urban Mode, Toronto, Ontario (January 18–24, 2016)
As part of the 2016 Toronto Design Offsite Festival

Zibi Presentation Centre, Downtown Ottawa, Ontario

The Leaning Loop has been showcased in the past at IIDEXCanada and Interior Design Show Toronto.


Jason van der Burg has a background in Environmental Design and Architecture. He is a member and co-founder of Urbanworm Design, an interdisciplinary design collective based in Toronto and Vancouver. Urbanworm Design enjoys working on projects across scales of design, including furniture design and woodworking. To learn more, visit