Drake Commissary

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Drake Commissary


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In a former industrial area of Toronto’s Junction Triangle now sporting design firms, residential developments and the new Museum of Contemporary Art stands a renovated condiments factory now occupied by the Drake Commissary.

The 8,000-sq.-ft. space, the latest of John Tong’s Drake Hotel-related commissions, includes a large production kitchen, Drake’s new catering arm and a bakery.

The tongue-in-cheek hipster décor jumbles funky second-hand Sixties living room furniture, a contemporaneous Photoautomat instant-photo booth from Berlin, and doors painted deep green that evoke decommissioned factories.

In the restaurant, custom-designed powder-coated green disc light fixtures and wooden dowels on aircraft cables add a layered texture to the ceiling. Wood tabletops were custom painted by Toronto artist Dahae Song. A row of Tong’s own One Arm Stools reposes at the bar, whose billowing perforated powder-coated white-screen front was inspired by French architect and Le Corbusier associate Jean Prouvé.






Photography: Colin Faulkner


Digital Fashion Photography: Maxwell N. Burnstein
Furnishings: B L Woodworking & Design; Brimfield Antique Market; Camilla House LTD; Camille Jodoin-Eng; Gilmour Upholsteries; Woeller Group
Lighting: Eurolite
Marble: New Age Granite & Marble LTD
Paint: Sherwin Williams
Paintings: Dahae Song
Signage: Field Design Office
Textile Installation: Adrian Esparza
Wall Mural: Alex McLeod
Wall Tile: Jelinek Cork Group


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