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Union Juice, John St

Juice bars are the latest way to incorporate green living into lifestyle and nobody does it better than Union Juice. The juice is not the only headlining factor of the site. This architectural feat, which captures contemporary design in bright colours and...

Union Juice, John St

Juice bars are the latest way to incorporate green living into lifestyle and nobody does it better than Union Juice. The juice is not the only headlining factor of the site. This architectural feat, which captures contemporary design in bright colours and designed lighting is a pleasure to bask in while enjoy a healthy snack. 

Michael's on Simcoe

Restaurant design is an art unto itself. If ever there was a medium that called for the employment of trendy fashion styles to draw customers in, then this is it. Even better when you have a restaurateur who knows what's 'in' and what he wants. In fact, that...

Michael's on Simcoe

Restaurant design is an art unto itself. If ever there was a medium that called for the employment of trendy fashion styles to draw customers in, then this is it. Even better when you have a restaurateur who knows what's 'in' and what he wants. In fact, that was what led the owner of Michael's on Simcoe into Yorkville Design Centre in the first place.

In early 2012 Michael Dabic and his life partner Kim were often out looking for inspiration and therefore frequenting the Yorkville neighbourhood when they chanced upon our "Shops in Hazelton Lanes" location and fell in love with our seductive use of merbau wood flooring as the showroom wall cladding. Michael had been looking for a concept just like this, perhaps to reflect the menu that he was dreaming up for his new restaurant, namely, the concept of turning the world slightly on its edge by using an ingredient that usually belonged in one recipe somewhere else.

Michael wanted to take this idea a step further by using the merbau wood as a sort of flowing cubistic fabric against a white plaster background that would form the inside of his restaurant.

He and Kim also have a love for fabulous lighting. With the help of Charles Lyall from Eurolite, they kept on coming up with terrific products for coloured, reflective and luminescent sources of light to enhance the restaurant and bar's shapes and surfaces.

Original art was selected by Michael and Kim and is comprised of colourful acrylic works by painter Uno Hoffmann juxtaposed with superb selected photography.

Our design team was led by Eliana Diamond and Thomas Tampold. Working with the clients we conceived the restaurant using 3D modelling tools that allowed us to view the restaurant and check out how it was going to look before it was built. From the 3D we developed detailed AutoCAD drawings for the millwork shops and furniture makers.

After months of simmering design and renovation time working hand in hand, it was a mad dash to complete the construction on time to open for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The stars shone brightly at Michael's on Simcoe for many consecutive nights of successful gala parties. The success was repeated again at the latest TIFF festival.

Restaurant schedules for opening nights and the need to be on time and on budget are never easy challenges to meet but good things take great effort and with Michael's experience, his restaurant's superb food & service, plus I'd like to think our talent for listening to our clients, we managed in the nick of time to create a top new dining destination for Toronto.