Toronto’s DesignAgency has grown from a fledgling three-person studio to a successful firm with global reach, designing for the likes of Momofuko and the Generator hostel chain. With their most recent local project, the Broadview Hotel, instantly becoming the place to see and be seen in the city, we take a look out how they have become the go-to interiors firm for hotels and restaurants looking for ready-made character.
Meanwhile, Storage Associati of Milan turns out an appropriately minimal boutique for edgy streetwear brand Acqua Salata in Cattolica, Italy, installing cage-like formations in high-octane yellow and orange to display the hard-to-find contemporary designs on sale; in Barcelona, designer Guillermo Santomà took an artistic approach when crafting the office space for advertising agency The Keenfolks, inserting a curious dome made from Masonite, mirrored acrylic sheets and topped with a crown of palm leaves; and in the Maboneng district of Johannesburg, poised to be the next global destination, the Hallmark House Hotel (a hybrid apartment building and guesthouse in a former diamond-polishing centre retrofitted by Sir David Adjaye with interiors by Malica Design) offers globetrotters an expertly curated place to stay.
With enrollment season in full swing, we’ve done the research and compiled a comprehensive online guide to design education around the world, including vital details on leading schools in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and product design. In the Nov/Dec issue, we profile six talented up-and-comers that reflect the many streams, traditional and not, that a budding star can pursue.
Also, are expansions that irrevocably alter the original character of a buildings are renovations or desecrations? Plus, our annual gift guide includes ideas from some of the world’s most stylish cities; our Spotlight on Workspace explores the post-cubical landscape; and more.