Best of Canada Winner
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.
Digital Fashion Photography: Maxwell N. Burnstein
Furnishings: B L Woodworking & Design; Brimfield Antique Market; Camilla House LTD; Camille Jodoin-Eng; Gilmour Upholsteries; Woeller Group
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