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King Edward Hotel Model Room a 2015 Design is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Katie Weber shared insight from this design process with us.

Describe this project in one word. Luxurious.


How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?Great design is like chemistry: we mix elements, textures and colours in an effort to elicit a physical response from, in this case, the hotel guest. Understanding that the King Edward hotel is Toronto’s first luxury hotel, we endeavored to immerse the guest in timeless elegance that creates a sense of calm but is at the same time, dynamic.

Design is a process. Explain your journey. At MDAI we embrace and incorporate a property’s unique qualities – creating spaces that look forward while giving a subtle nod to the past.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow? There is a tendency to want to put a modern face on a property when doing a full renovation. We’ve learned that rather than masking the character, you should embrace it; that’s where the interest lies.

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Toronto Condos Get a Beautiful Remodel

The before and after snapshots of 66 Collier Street say it all. This 30+ – year-old condo was in severe need of a common area overhaul. The condo corridors were dark, drab and uninviting. Many new high-rise units were being built in Toronto’s upscale Yonge and Bloor neighborhood, and 66 Collier Street needed to compete in this prime real estate market.

In steps designer Katherine Burke of Katherine Burke Design. She worked with the homeowner’s association design board to create a stylishly beautiful, flawlessly designed space that appeals to all the property owners in the 14-story building.

Burke chose a custom variation of Shaw Hospitality Group’s A Thousand Leaves print carpet pattern, along with new artwork, lighting and upholstered benches. The carpet bridges traditional and modern styling to create a straightforward, simple design. The 36-inch square medallions delineate the four owners’ suite doors per floor while the larger elevator accent rug establishes a sense of arrival.

“The new, strikingly handsome carpet design keeps the building youthful, yet elegant, allowing the property to compete with new construction in this lovely neighborhood,” Burke said.


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