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.

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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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

Chocolate and Pastries

Hands went up quickly in the office when our latest project walked through the door.

These design sketches show the soon-to-be “Temper Chocolate & Pastry” in West Vancouver. Utilizing vertical grain fir and Carrara marble, this 1,200 sq.ft. retail space is set to open later this year.

We’ll continue to update as construction begins as both the interiors and branding develop.

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PRESS: Meet The Minds Behind Restaurant Design

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The current online issue of Hospitality Design features an interview with Evoke regarding collaboration and restaurant design.

Full article > here.

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Heirloom Restaurant

Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant opened late last year and is an all encompassing project for which we were responsible for the interior design, identity branding and custom art work.

Heirloom is located in the Douglas Lodge building (built in 1907) at West 12th and Granville Street. Once dark and introverted, the room has now taken on a light and airy feel through the use of bleached fir, white Vitra Hal Chairs by Jasper Morrison and white-washed brick walls. Repurposed old cabinetry serve as the back bar storage/display, while custom art work brings an element of humour to the room.

For more images visit our web Portfolio.

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blog_heirloom_logoPhotography by Janis Nicolay: All images © 2013 Copyright Janis Nicolay Photography.

PRESS: How Do You Maintain a Unified Brand Identity with a Diverse Portfolio of Work?

“Whether the space is a restaurant or a residence, there’s always some sort of built environment that speaks to the brand… Ideas can come from the spatial design side or the graphic design side. We feed off each other.”
– David Nicolay.

Full article in New American Luxury magazine.

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