puzzles you can feel good about
Puzzle Lab was founded by Tinka Robev and Andrew Azzopardi, who met studying architecture at the University of Waterloo in 2012.
The couple moved to Victoria, BC in 2014 where they started Studio Robazzo, a multidisciplinary design & branding agency.
During the coronavirus pandemic, they came up with the idea to launch a puzzle company to encourage more people to get off their devices and into the real world. Sharon Parker joined them and Puzzle Lab was born in the fall of 2020.
Since its founding, Puzzle Lab has been dedicated to fabricating heirloom-quality puzzles as well as providing a platform for talented Canadian artists.
From left to right:
👨🔬 Andrew ("the mad scientist") is responsible for writing the algorithms that generate our signature piece shapes, and running the laser to cut out every single puzzle.
💁♀️ Tinka ("the clever, clever girl") is the brains behind the brand and marketing of Puzzle Lab, and manages artist collaborations.
🐾 Tigger is our adorable toy chihuahua mascot!
🦸♀️ Sharon ("the energizer bunny") manages the puzzle production process including quality control, packaging, shipping & fulfillment.
a next-level puzzling experience
Our heirloom-quality wood puzzles merge technology, art, and nature.
We start by curating stunning graphics and local art. Next, the wacky puzzle pieces are created in our digital laboratory with custom computer algorithms. Then, they're laser cut at our studio in the heart of Victoria, BC.
Each puzzle design has a unique cut pattern, so you won't find the same piece twice!
We strive to be eco-conscious in every decision we make and don’t use any plastic in our product or packaging. Even our shipping is carbon neutral through a carbon credit offset program.
Crafted in BC, Canada
Our puzzles are crafted with care out of our downtown Victoria, BC studio. We are thrilled to be featuring artwork by both established and up-and-coming Canadian artists on our puzzles.
Unlike regular paper puzzles, our high-quality materials and thick & sturdy wooden pieces mean this puzzle will last a very long time and is great for passing along when you’re done.
a new way to discover Canadian art
We are proud to partner with both established and up-and-coming artists across Canada to showcase their original work on our unique puzzles.
This not only provides puzzlers with exciting beautiful visuals, but also gives the artists another platform to showcase their work. Many of our artist partners have said they’ve noticed an uptick in their social media followings and inquiries since getting their work featured on our puzzles. After all, once someone spends hours putting each brush stroke together piece-by-piece, they develop a special fondness for the art!
You can feel good about directly supporting these artists, with a percentage royalty from each and every puzzle sale going directly into their pockets.
If you’re an artist, keep an eye on our social media for our next call for submissions!