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|2010 WINNERS - Design Exchange Awards in Canada - Interior Design-Commercial|
|Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00|
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Interior Design - Commercial
Project: Brown Thomas Luxury Hall
A newly created department within the historic Dublin Street Flagship, the Luxury Hall, dedicated to fine jewellery, watches and luxury gifts required a signature space that referenced the sophisticated modernism of the Brown Thomas brand. The intent was to strengthen the department store’s positioning as Ireland’s luxury shopping destination in the heart of Dublin.
The materiality of the product is further reflected in recurring sculptural installations. Hand-articulated in polished nickel, Bertoia-inspired installations by Toronto-based artisan Dennis Lin infuse the interior volume with a kinetic energy.
Extending floor to ceiling, rods appear to be elegantly captured in suspended animation. Columns clad in tinted antiqued mirror further reflect the polished nickel sculptures, maximizing its visual impact. The glass perimeter wall employed a custom engineered system to suspend glass display boxes in a vertical plane of glass seemingly without structural support. The design also enabled lighting to be brought to the suspended boxes invisibly.
Designer: Yabu Pushelberg
Project: AVENUE ROAD SHOWROOM – 415 Eastern Avenue
The mandate for this growing furniture retailer was to drastically increase their floor space in order to more accurately represented the collections they carry, but in doing so create a truly unprecedented client experience.
Creating a contemporary furniture showroom while revitalizing the historically significant Consumers Gas building at 415 Eastern Ave. Toronto, meant maximizing the showroom floor area, without detracting from the overall potential of the space.
The design’s foundation was in the 103 year old building and nearly all of the historically relevant attributes were maintained or recreated. Albeit laborious, this meant much less materials in order to complete the building.
Achieving the optimal showroom floor space required two key exercises. Excavating and removing a vast amount of material in the existing lower level and recreating and installing an additional supporting metal truss in the roof structure. These two elements allowed for three usable floors totaling nearly 15,000 square feet. A glass atrium bisecting all three floors connects the space and integrates shelving for accessories. Every level is visible from the other, so too are the buildings original architectural features.
The addition space allowed for greater representation of current collections and the ability for the client to add exclusive new collections has made a much greater impact and contributed to additional sales. Providing an expanded and inspiring work environment for a doubling of their staff was yet another consideration.
Designer: Dialogue 38
Project: Guu Izakaya
The small and intimate space is intended as an informal eatery. Seating spaces are tight and informal, the bumping of elbows is not uncommon, nor are the conversations between strangers in this watering hole.
Comprised mainly of long communal tables and counter seats at both the bar and front lines of the bustling open kitchen. This unique exposed kitchen concept and layout works fluidly with the unusual GUU experience where the chef and staff joyously and exuberantly greet every single person entering and exiting the establishment constantly as the afternoon spills into the late nights, to maintain a perpetual energy infused atmosphere.
Maintaining the informality and dimly lit space are an assortment of exposed bulbs hanging at various heights. These are custom creations of refurnished materials and compliment the reclaimed barn board that is used throughout the space. Since it’s opening, the reviews of the food and atmosphere have gar- nered accolades among the press and food fanatics alike. While the neighbourhood has been revived with the addition of this streetscape gem as lively and hungry individuals flock outside all evening, anxious to calm their cravings.
Designer: Munge Leung
Ame, named by Toronto Life as one of Toronto’s top five Best New Restaurants of 2010, made its debut on the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. Now, just one year later, Ame was once again the hotspot at this year’s festival.
This supper club, known for its unique take on the modern Japanese gastronomic experience, is now set to become one of Toronto’s premier "destinations” offering a ‘one-stop shop’ for an evening of cocktails, dining and entertainment. Ame’s transcendent space fuses the traditional and the contemporary to create a place that is warm, spacious and striking.
As part of Ame’s transformation into the ultimate supper club, the dining and lounge area have been opened up to create a more social ambiance, which is ideal for after-dinner lounging and dancing. Ame’s interior design is realized through materiality and an integration of textures and colours to complement the exquisite gastronomical and entertainment experience that Ame is celebrated for.
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