Whil Offices

Whil. offices reside on the top floor in a 100 year old building in Vancouver’s Gastown. In addition to Whil, a private office for Lululemon founders Chip and Shannon Wilson, the space houses two other companies and a charity, requiring some separation within the shared walls.

As lead design consultant, we were responsible for all interior design and specifications, consultant coordination, permit applications and construction documents. Programme components included: reception, sample storage, meeting rooms, private offices, staff assembly space, lounge space, multi-function space, and washroom facilities.

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As a contrast to the existing rusticated concrete structure, a modern and light ash wood palette was combined with neutral coloured felt wool hanging panels and white workstations to create a serene and calming work environment. Features include a cor-ten steel reception wall and perforated privacy door, a solid ash bar top for gathering at the front desk and a central meeting room with felt acoustic walls and ceiling panels by buzzispace. The kitchen features a marble and solid ash countertop combined with an acoustic buzzispace shade. Sliding felt panels by filzfelt create temporary separations for privacy when required.

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Photography ©2014 Janis Nicolay.

Temper Pastry Chocolate

Temper Pastry Chocolate is a gourmet chocolate and pastry shop is located in West Vancouver.

chocolate_store_1The programme requirements for the 1400 square foot store included allocating space for fully functioning chocolate and pastry kitchens while maintaining an inviting open retail & café experience. The clean contemporary design was used to provide a clean and unadorned backdrop for the innovative quality of chef Steven Hodge’s handcrafted products. Custom glass display cases, natural materials and linear lighting were used in order to achieve the bright, clutter free layout of the space. An array of cut-off rolling pins and glass shelves were used to create a unique and functional display for the products. Windows in the wall separating the kitchen and retail spaces add to the open concept, providing a view for customers to experience the process and specialty of the product being created on site.

chocolate_store_2Subtle accents were used to support the overall design concept: from the pendant lights chosen for their “pastry” aesthetic, to the custom wall covering with embedded light box of original graphics and the custom entry door pull branded with the client’s logo.

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chocolate_store_6Temper garnered an A.R.E. Design Award for Retail Design, recently held in Las vegas.

Photography ©2014 Janis Nicolay.

Andrews House: In Progress 4

A quick update with a few images as construction continues on the Point Grey Residence.

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We’re Building A Neighbourhood: Main Street Brewery.

Our brewery project for Main Street Brewing is starting to take shape. Here’s a little video we put together featuring “We’re Building A Neighbourhood” by our friends Blank Cinema.

View video here:  We’re Building A Neighbourhood.

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PRESS: Inside Pixar Canada’s Offices.

BC Business features Evoke designed interiors for Pixar Canada in this month’s issue.

“A collaborative atmosphere at Pixar Canada fuels a work-hard, play-hard culture.” Read the full article here.

Pixar OfficeImage by: Paul Joseph

L A M P: Lighting Architecture Movement Project

Evoke‘s Simon Montgomery was recently selected as a contributing designer for the upcoming LAMP exhibition,
opening this Thursday in the Woodward’s Atrium.
 
Designers were set a challenge to ‘re-imagine their talents in a conceptual exploration’.
 
Simon’s installation will be on display at the Opening Party, as well as Friday and Saturday.
“Given the word Arc as a starting point for this installation I chose to not focus on the shape of the curve itself, but instead to focus on what can happen within the arc”.
For more information, visit L A M P
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L A M P – ‘Lighting Architecture Movement Project’ – is a temporary group installation that showcases light and form through the lens of architectural design.

L A M P was created for professional designers to have an opportunity to re-imagine their talents in conceptual explorations and for the community to connect with architecture and design.

lampOpening Party: Thursday October 3
Where: Woodward’s Atrium – 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.
Tickets: $15.00, offering beer, wine, music & entertainment and is open to all ages.
 
Open to the public by donation:
Friday, October 4 & Saturday, October 5.
 
L A M P has chosen Arts Umbrella as their charitable beneficiary and will donate partial proceeds
to the local not-for-profit arts education centre.
 

White Noise at Dinner By Design

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It’s been a busy past week getting ready for last night’s sold out Dinner By Design event.

We were invited to create an installation as part of the GEMonogram Dinner By Design, in partnership with IDSwest and benefitting the Dr. Peter Center.

The open ended brief was to come up with a ‘room’ to accommodate a dinner for ten. We decided to go the conceptual route of an all-white room, hence our “White Noise” concept.

“White Noise” represents a dining experience where all ambient distractions fade away, bringing the diners and meal into focus.

The recent trend of covering every surface with “found” objects in order to “curate” a room has diminished the importance of the diner. “White Noise”  is a reaction to that trend. Objects and table settings have been visually minimalized and conversations “cut up” and reassembled to form abstracted meanings.

Now, more than ever, there is a growing visual distraction in restaurant design where the patron has become secondary to the room concept. Add to this the constant “reportage” of the meal via social media, and the art of dinner conversation is vanishing.

As designers, and restaurant owners, we constantly remind ourselves that no matter how beautiful a room design may be, the dining experience is ultimately about the meal and human interaction. 

Thanks to the event organizers The Social Concierge, and to the amazing guests who joined us at our table.

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Light by ANDLight
Compas chairs by Patrick Norguet supplied by Inform Contract
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Thanks to Janis Nicolay for the photos
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