Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken at Beaches Toronto

Everyone loves chicken! Well, for those that like chicken 🙂  If you haven’t been to Nando’s yet you should definitely go for a visit. You will probably like chicken even more!

The unique Nando’s experience is evident in the fun and lively space, as designed by STOA collective. You can see the design insight behind the project below.

“Every Nando’s location is unique, and with over 1200 open around the world it proves to be an exciting challenge for any designer to create a one-of-a-kind identity while still maintaining the Nando’s soul and brand.

We approached this restaurant project as an exploration of colour and pattern blocking along with interpretations of traditional African weaving techniques while reusing the raw identity of the envelope. To achieve this we kept the existing historical small village finishes of the space as an underlayer to the Nando’s hygge; raw brick walls and tin ceilings layered with vibrant South African personality.

Local collaborations with artists and fabricators, as well as the incorporation of South African-sourced art and products, enabled us to create a space with authenticity at the forefront, where wood is wood and leather is leather, and most importantly, craftsmanship and detail is cherished.” – STOA


GTAA Passenger Information Zone at Pearson

If you have travelled from Terminal 1 at Pearson International Airport, no doubt you have been greeted by the friendly and organic passenger information zone desks, kiosks, and the giant flower sculpture. Surrounding the functionality of screens with information and staff to help passengers, the design and materiality of the kiosks bring warmth and hint of comfort to the travelers where it helps reduce the stress of traveling indeed!

On the technical side, the back-lit solid surface flower petals and curved LCD screens are pretty impressive. Along with the flower is the circular information desk, it has a curved steel frame to support 2 large cantilevered ends with a double curved sold surface skin. This shows off Eventscape’s outstanding capability to engineer and build designs that can achieve the designers vision!

Take a close look next time when you are at Pearson!

Sun Life Ignite Studio

Sun Life’s Ignite Studio is an innovation centre that uses leading-edge workplace strategies to create a fun, highly collaborative environment for employees to nurture ideas and innovate for clients. A variety of open and closed collaboration spaces offer employees a selection of areas for sharing ideas and brainstorming. Playful lounge areas encourage meaningful interaction between coworkers and foster a sense of community in the workplace.

Squint Eyewear at Bayview Village

Squint Eyewear boutique in Bayview Village, interiors by Designstead.

Happy New Year 2018

As a look back at the past year, here is a sampling of what I was up to. Toronto is the proud home of many beautifully designed spaces. Some of these award-winning designs span the sectors from retail, corporate, residential, to public spaces and product design.

I am honoured to craft photography artistically in our community.
Best wishes for 2018 and may the year bring you success and bliss abundant!

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Indigo Oshawa Centre

Have you been to the new Indigo stores? Some of you may have experienced the exciting stores with new look and expanded departments. Make sure you go for a visit and immerse yourself in Canada’s largest bookstores 🙂

#Toronto Style Digital Interactive Sculpture

Were any of you fashion hounds stopped in the tracks by this beacon of #TorontoStyle in the Eaton Centre?

Cadillac Fairview launched a marketing campaign at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Designed by the global design collective, Traffik, the main feature of the campaign is an interactive digital display sculpture with an integrated camera that customers can use to take photos of themselves. Their image then appears on a digital screen and can be shared on social media. This exciting and attractive interactive sculpture is engineered, fabricated, and installed by Eventscape.

Everyone who walked by the sculpture were drawn to it and eager to leave a mark – taking part in Toronto Style collective!

Transit City Condos

Transit City Condos is part of a new development in Vaughan. Designed by figure3, the interiors uses restrained luxury as guiding principle and cleverly mixes richness of materials with a play on proportions to envelop visitors in an experience of luxury without using opulence. See more detail of the project here.

fonelab STC

fonelab store in the Scarborough Town Centre, interior design by Designstead.