II BY IV DESIGN is an international design studio with projects throughout the world and offices in both Toronto and New York. Wherever our projects are located, it is essential to understand the culture and communities we are working with and in; taking design outside of the studio and into the urban sphere.
This month’s newsletter focuses on some of the exciting growth and events happening in Toronto. From a new midtown location for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) with geo-targeted design and product selection; to a new retail promenade in St. James Town and the chic Via Bloor condominiums; to seeking out inspiring creative visionaries at the Interior Design Show and the active participation of our own designers in the TO Design Offsite festival.
Open December 2016, midtown Toronto is home to a new LCBO located at Eglinton & Dunfield that is earning rave reviews. Unique and specific to the neighbourhood, the design features over 7,000 square feet of display space imbued with a feeling of bespoke craftsmanship and a curated selection of higher-end product.
Walking distance from several dining and shopping destinations, Via Bloor will be the heart of a new retail promenade. Two condominium towers will rise 38 & 46-storeys from a shared podium structure in Toronto’s revitalized St. James Town neighbourhood and feature a handsome array of hotel inspired lifestyle amenities.
Each January design enthusiasts and professionals from far and wide converge on Toronto for Canada’s premier showcase of new product, innovative design, and avant-garde concepts.
The Interior Design Show, now in its 20th year, was held January 19-22, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre; over 3.5 inspiration-packed days, the show celebrated both leading brands and rising local talent in the field of interiors, with international speakers that included David Adjaye, Jaime Hayon, and Nika Zupanc.
Running concurrently, the Toronto Design Offsite festival hosted a series of art focused events and exhibitions (January 16-22) that challenged attendees to think differently about the physical world.
Photo Credit: Cole Swanson, “Alvearium” at Living Well, TO Design Offsite 2017 (Newsletter Banner Image)