Private Residence: In Progress 5

The final touches have been added to our latest private residence project.

_J3A8033View from the street. The black-stained cedar upper form cantilevers over the stone base.

_J3A8107-PanoramaThe north side of the house opens up to a large roof garden and pool with infinity edge. A covered and heated area provides outdoor living space.

_J3A8138Sliding doors fully open the living area to the outdoor space.

_J3A7963-PanoramaA steel and walnut staircase connects the atrium space to the upper floor bedrooms.

_J3A7992-PanoramaA steel and walnut staircase connects the atrium space to the upper floor bedrooms.

_J3A8206-PanoramaDetails of the wine room.

Images courtesy of CE Miles Construction Ltd. and Ema Peter Photography

THNK Vancouver Nearing Completion.

Our current project for THNK: School Of Creative Leadership is nearing completion. Final millwork & acoustic installs, along with painting are all moving along, and set for a new year’s opening.

L A M P (Lighting Architecture Movement Project): Thursday, November 20, 2014.

We are excited to be part of the judging panel for the 2nd Annual L A M P International Design Competition and Exhibition this Thursday night. Join us for the Opening Celebration Event this Thursday at 188 Kingsway, Vancouver, 6-11pm for beer, wine, beats and stunning design!

Tickets available at:

L A M P is an international design competition created to offer designers an opportunity to engage their talents in unique conceptual explorations and to connect the local community to architecture and design. Expect to see exceptional installations from the lighting industry’s brightest, up-and-coming designers.

This year, the top 10 lamps were chosen from over 50 global submissions and entries were critiqued by some of the industry’s most influential design professionals in the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit will feature 10 original jury-selected lighting entries, this year’s LAMP winner, and a one-of-a-kind installation by Ricky Alvarez of Tinto Creative and Leanne Kriz.


The Big Don’t Argue


The Big Don’t Argue” is a piece of art created for the new Match Bar at Gateway Casinos in New Westminster. Throughout all our design work for Gateway we contribute, in addition to the interior design, ‘touch points’ based on local stories and iconography.

The Big Don’t Argue” was inspired by the “no holds barred” approach of longtime New Westminster Bruins hockey coach, and later owner, Ernie “Punch” McLean.

Vancouver Design Week 2014

As part of Vancouver Design Week we agreed to create a piece that would sit within the tasting lounge space at Main Street Brewery.

Utilizing vitra Algue from Inform Contract, we created a sculptural tree that hangs, chandelier-like, between the two natural trees within the space.

The video below shows the process.

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.





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.



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.





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

Photography ©2014 Janis Nicolay.


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