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The Design Agency – The King Edward Private Residences

Tell us a bit about your professional experience and design company:

The three of us met in University and have been collaborating together for almost 15 years, completing projects ranging from residential to hospitality to commercial spaces across the globe. In 2008 we rebranded as The Design Agency and branched out to international projects spanning Toronto and Europe.

The King Edward Private Residences

 What was the client’s objective for this space?

The objective was to create a fantastic luxury private residence in the King Edward Hotel. The history of the hotel and the building itself was a key element of the project, and we really looked at how to take a contemporary interpretation of the historic site. We opted for a clean aesthetic to complement the building’s characteristics and added an elegant twist.


 Where did you draw inspiration for the design?

The building itself had such fantastic design details and underlying Georgian architecture, and we pulled a lot from the period of the building’s construction. In particular the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom and Vanity Faire Ballroom had qualities that really complemented our design plan.


What element do you feel makes the strongest statement in the space?

What brought the space together was the balance between periods. Instead of being strictly traditional we mixed a contemporary twist with the floors selection, as well as the kitchen. Beautiful panel details and coppered ceilings added an elegant touch. It’s a very detail-oriented project with luxurious and premium materials, and no piece was left unaccounted for.


 What did you hope to achieve in this space?

We wanted to achieve a sense of stately elegance and bring a sense of style to Toronto that is keeping with what you’d find in New York City or London. Every square inch was so precious, so each detail had to be precise and timeless to make the project a sought-after address for years to come.


 How did the design experience compare to your typical design projects?

The project was underway within an operating hotel, so the building conditions and limitations were very unique and we relied heavily on drawings and renderings to ensure every element was precise. To be able to make this happen was pure logistic genius. The design integrity stayed true, but countless hours took place behind the scenes to get every piece of the space to hold to the standards the clients were expecting.

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