MAVRIK Corporation, Montréal

FOR Design Planning, Montréal

Photography by Dirk Lindert

In the reception area of MAVRIK, a business consultancy in Montréal, the company’s wordmark stands out in bold sans-serif relief lettering incised into walnut panels as if made with an oversize cattle branding iron. It’s an appropriate detail considering that MAVRIK derives from “maverick,” which in southwest U.S. parlance refers to an unbranded calf or steer; and was the name of a popular TV Western series (1957-62) starring James Garner. Taking those cowboy connotations as their cue, the designers opted, they say, for a “modern ranch” look in the 2,500-sq.-ft. office project, where cactus plants and photos of giant saguaros abound. The materials palette features exposed concrete, tan leather upholstery and lacquered and matte steel, for a suitably upscale and masculine look. Indeed, the same earth-toned sample board and the den-like atmosphere with simple rather than frilly surroundings could serve for a steakhouse.