Spaces that stand the test of time are ones, above all, that you want to revisit; they continually draw you back because they are memorable…because they have a point of view. In this month’s newsletter we revisit a few of II BY IV DESIGN’s stand out projects from a bygone “era” that are still relevant today.

In the early 2000’s social networking was gaining traction, bedazzled pockets were hot, bold pastels were in (so were long pointy shoes) and everyone wanted stainless steel appliances. Thankfully, trends will come and go but good design never goes out of style.


In 2006 the iconic high-end retailer, Holt Renfrew, first introduced Holt’s Café in their flagship Yorkville location. With a strategic selection of the retailer’s fashionable home décor products in a chic destination setting, the café helped position the fashion and lifestyle leader as the upmarket purveyor in Canada.

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Izakaya Restaurant had critics raving when it opened its doors in the Spring of 2005. Voted one of Toronto’s Top 10 restaurants for 2005 and winner of four international design awards; Izakaya impressed guests equally with its food and interiors, a balance of traditional Japanese themes and contemporary styling.

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The infamous Rubino Brothers opened an ultra-cool and glamorous dining venue in 2001; the recipient of numerous international accolades including “Best of Show” at the 2001 Gold Key, Hospitality & Design Awards, Rain was at the heart of the city’s see-and-be-scene. With deflected and reflected light as the key design elements, the dramatic interiors were all about softly gleaming shapes and mysterious shadow, the perfect backdrop for sparkling conversation.

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