Location // Yorkville // Toronto
Area // 115m2 // 1236 sqft
Located in the heart of Yorkville, one of Canada's most elite shopping districts, Holly Eyewear is an exclusive optical boutique for women specializing in fashion-forward eyewear, sunglasses and accessories. Carrying brands such as Fendi, Masunaga, Retro Super Future and Pucci, to name a few, Holly Eyewear wants every woman to love their glasses.
This sleek and stylish boutique was created to feel like a modern and urban museum-like setting. The collections are showcased through custom fixtures such as the wall-to-ceiling waterfall displays, crystal-like accessory cases, mirrored white and gold floor-to-ceiling eyewear fixtures, and integrated media and mirror displays – which all combine to encourage and enable customer engagement with the eyewear collections. Enhancing the overall experience are complimenting finishes in contrasting brushed gold accents, white powder-coated metals, opulent black textured wall, starfire glass, mirrored gold and herringbone blush-coloured flooring.
At the back of the shop is a waiting area for the in-house Optometrist. The area features a rich and textured black wall, brushed gold accessories niche, and a plush leather custom bench. As customers wait for their appointments they can charge their mobile devices, sip coffee, or simply continue their shopping experience on the iPads provided, with direct access to Holly Eyewear's online store.
The shop design also includes an Optician adjustment desk, where the Optician meets with customers to perform any necessary adjustments to the eyewear purchased. A monolithic and user-friendly cash desk of brushed gold, white powder-coated finishes and solid surface provides ample counter space for customers to rest their handbags securely while their purchase is being carefully wrapped.
With a mixture of carefully curated finishes and design details, Holly Eyewear is a luxurious urban and modern environment for the chic and stylish woman.
Location // Xintiandi District // Shanghai
Area // 340m2 // 3660 sqft
Xintiandi District, a distinguished and riveting district that attracts many affluent locals as well as world travelers, is characterized by its re-interpretation of Shikumen architecture, a traditional Shanghainese architectural style combining Western and Chinese elements that first emerged in the 1860's. MAPA was commissioned to create a world-class gastropub that would be submersed in this distinctive area and the task at hand meant imbedding and highlighting some of the Shikumen architecture while at the same time creating a fun, casual and welcoming space to enjoy craft beers and Asian infused pub fare.
With a earth tone palette, copper metal accents, reclaimed wood floors, hand crafted stone chevron flooring, metal mesh screen partitions and brick veneer, MAPA created a warm and welcoming gastropub where comfort was key and crafted bespoke furniture and fixtures where designed to have a home-like feeling.
From a long bar area, to a small stage tucked in between the bar and custom staircase, to high-seating areas, to semi-private dining and several custom booth areas, the space was designed to ensure the customer could enjoy the company of their guest but at the same time feel visually connected to the whole space. Custom designed hung mirrors are another design element that gives customers a peek into all the exciting happenings throughout.
The Refinery, a casual yet refined gastropub tucked in the magical Shikumen district of Xintiandi.
Location // City Center // Mississauga
Area // 318m2 // 3426 sqft
Location // Shanghai // China
Area // 260m2 // 2800 sqft
With a delicate selection of materials, colors and furniture, we designed a peaceful and welcoming environment which surrounds you throughout all the spaces for this townhouse located in Shanghai.
Location // Former French Concession // Shanghai
Area // 599 m2 // 6455 sqft
Samfaina is a Spanish restaurant located in an historical two floor villa on Fuxing Lu, in Shanghai’s Former French Concession. The chef has a wide range of cooking styles, from traditional Catalan to a contemporary expression of Spanish molecular cuisine. We spread this philosophy on to the interior design, branding and collages, creating distinct areas for different dining experiences.
The first floor is dedicated solely to Bar Sifón, it works as a reception area, as well as a holding bar for pre-dinner drinks. We created a welcoming atmosphere using raw materials: terrazzo, blackened steel and matt white marble, along with a whimsical wall collage for a bit of playfulness. A staircase walks the customers to the second floor, hidden behind a white wall that acts as a delineation between the bar and the dining spaces.
The Cellar area is the first space on the second floor. It is set up as the “fine dining” area of the restaurant, where dishes are paired with a wide collection of premium Spanish wines. A blackened steel structure encloses this area to create a more intimate and sophisticated space. The main dining room was divided in two areas; the left side is more contemporary delivering a loft feeling, the terrazzo pavement creates a walkway to the terrace and the pendant lamps enclose the space creating a virtual ceiling. The right side was elevated to create a more private dining area. Wood partitions and soft benches welcome the more classical approach of the chef’s cuisine.
A large terrace welcomes the customers to an al fresco dining experience with hanging strip lights in an atmosphere reminiscent of small Spanish villages in the summertime.
Location // Old Toronto // Toronto
Area // 153m2 // 1650 sqft
Located in Toronto Canada, the Client for this particular private one bedroom loft residence occupies two floors. The request was to design a space with minimal walls, keeping the space as open as possible and to accentuate linearity. MAPA delivered an interior by placing the utility spaces towards the entrance of the space which allowed the areas used for relaxing and entertaining open and airy, towards the double-height full-glazed wall. The extension of the living space leads to a main floor balcony where the design language continues to the exterior, maintaining the notion that the interior and exterior are considered a sum of the parts. This philosophy is further enhanced through the built-in millwork, fixture placement and furnishings.
Location // WPP // Shanghai
Area // 750 m2 // 8073 sqft
“A Shanghai block party: a place to gather, to share, to be entertained”
MAPA was approached by the well-known advertising company Ogilvy & Mather to design their new workplace terrace located in the WPP ‘vertical campus’ in Shanghai.
A Corten steel plate structure plays around the terrace creating new spaces and shapes allowing fluidity and inspiring colleagues to share and gather. MAPA designed a new environment to accommodate different functions such as bar, eating area, dj area, lounge and play area. The playful interconnectedness of the corten steel structures add an element of fun in this large outdoor gathering space inspiring people to gather, work, rest, and socialize.
Location // Shanghai // China
Area // 220m2 // 2368 sqft
Location // Long Bay // Turks & Caicos
Area // 445 m2 x 5 villas // 4800 sqft x 5 villas
Found in the tropical paradise of Turks and Caicos, this modular development of 5 villas is situated near Long Bay beach. Each luxury villa was designed to be built as a modular system to decrease the construction footprint on the land. Designed as 3 stories with a rooftop bar/terrace the villas offer long-term or temporary stay in a modern luxe interior with light tones, clean lines, light marble stone and custom corian sinks, large wooden veneer sliding doors, large format tiles, trimless LED lighting and all the modern necessities and comforts a hotel-like setting can offer.
Location // Intercontinental Hotel Yorkville // Toronto
Area // 245 m2 // 2640 sqft
As part of the world renowned Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto’s exclusive Yorkville neighborhood, Signatures Restaurant was transformed by MAPA into a posh, bright, elegant, yet comfortable venue. Taking into consideration the usage preferences and needs of the modern traveler and business traveler client base, MAPA created multiple types of seating arrangements within the restaurant space: from banquet seating for single diners, to communal seating in the centre, to large rounded booth seating off to the sides. Added to this, there is a lounge like area in a sunken portion of the restaurant surrounded by floor to ceiling windows and overlooking the terrace - making for a perfect area to sip champagne while waiting for your date or having morning coffee while preparing for your meeting.
Another key element in the space is the bar area which will also serve as a showcase for guest chef appearances, culinary classes and other offerings for diners to enjoy. Tucked next to the bar is an intimate private dining room for small group meetings or special occasions.
While providing a bright ambiance for daytime diners, the lighting interplays with the space in the evening to create a soft and warm setting for a quiet dinner or drink.
The overall palette hints on soft and pale chartreuse to sage, and warm grey mauves with shades of white, combining to create an uplifting and elegant new restaurant experience.
Location // Historical Downtown // Belleville
Area // 433m2 // 4668sqft
Location // Financial District // Toronto
Area // 148 m2 // 1600 sqft
Located at the South-West corner of Adelaide and Toronto Street within a heritage building, MAPA approached the design with a modern sensibility while respecting historical elements. The main challenge was to integrate a Main Dining Area with Bar, Private Dining and the BLD Express along with designing the kitchen and back-of-house while at the same time providing all-day functionality offering full breakfast, lunch and dinner. By successfully designing and integrating all requirements within a mere 148m2 (1600 sq.ft.) space, MAPA did not neglect the opportunity of sustainable practice by seamlessly utilizing materials such as bamboo veneers, low VOC paints, refinishing the existing concrete floor and using natural and/or recyclable materials. Low voltage lighting and energy-conscious equipment became part of the mandate to further lower operating costs without compromising the overall design. Taking the design approach to its fullest, MAPA created the logo for BLD as well as provided input into cutlery and package design for the BLD express takeout
Location // Summerhill // Toronto
Area // 158 m2 // 1704 sqft
To set itself apart from all the other waxing clinics, we created WAXON Bar's first location as a place to relax, a place you can pop into with no formalities and feel as if you're pulling up into a bar. The setting when you first enter is meant to emulate the feel of a small lounge area, with the luxe-cool bench seating wrapped along the window that welcomes you into the space and provides you the comfort and ease while you wait for your appointment. We then created a custom solid surface bar-like reception counter where we placed bar stools so you can pull up and perform all necessary transactions. Above this area we placed dynamic light rods that offer a modern cool vibe with the clients branded colours.
As you move into the back, the treatment rooms and bathrooms have light tones, grey walls and offer the privacy every client requires.
Taking clues from the client's branded colours and dispersing throughout in a tasteful manner, WAXON Bar has become a successful franchise with various locations throughout the city.
Location // Entertainment District // Toronto
Area // 74 m2 // 800 sqft
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become an international event revered throughout the entertainment world. With it' increase in popularity, TIFF opened and established a new address where they could house movie theatres, restaurants, galleries and a retail location. TIFF shop, in collaboration with Marcotte Design, was designed to capture the movement of film and the idea of becoming part of the experiencing. Creating fixtures in which customers can walk-through and allowing the glazing to be free, the customer becomes the spectacle in this magnificent star studded location.
Location // West Lynde // Whitby
Area // 342m2 // 3680 sqft
Location // Undisclosed
Area // 484 m2 // 5210 sqft
Xe.com, a Canadian-based online foreign exchange tools & services company and a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide, required a creative space that would inspire their people to innovate, create, work, play and eat.
Using the concept of "the power of connection", Xe Innovation Lab was created as a space to link and connect Xe team members to each other, to the company and to the world.
MAPA designed folded and intersecting forms and details that serve to link a person seamlessly throughout the space, while at the same time creating a human-centric environment that will encourage and inspire team members to connect and flourish in a new hub of innovation.
Location // Shanghai // China
Area // 245m2 // 2637 sqft
We were approached by family-owned German audio brand Sennheiser to design their headquarters in a former industrial building located in Shanghai.
The client requested an open workplace space with large communal tables, mobile furnishings and spaces, as well as a reception area and storage. The corporate colors were vital to the brand and were featured throughout along with additional new materials to add warmth and comfort.
The original architectural structure was exposed, bearing all traces of the past. This combined with warmer materials on the floors and feature walls covered with black acoustic panels speaks to the brand’s core identity. This play between the old and new with the addition of varying textures and colors contributes to the space’s dynamic visual diversity.
The result is a welcoming, modern and open space that enhances interaction and team work
Location // City Centre // Mississauga
Area // 123 m2 // 1323 sqft
A healthy lifestyle through juicing is the foundation of The Cold Pressery among other nutritious and gluten-free offerings. Situated in the ever-growing and developing city of Mississauga, The Cold Pressery is truly one of the first fresh organic cold pressed (raw) juice establishments to open within this city.
To promote a healthy lifestyle, it was clearly necessary to include sustainable finishes such as reclaimed wood and concrete throughout various areas of the juice bar in order to create a healthy and raw-inspired interior environment.
Enhancing the comfortable and inviting space, the owners of The Cold Pressery created and devised a feature wall at the seating area of Mississauga's cityscape drawn by hand over a two week period. Technology was also considered as patrons can easily plug in their mobile devices throughout the space or make use of the provided tablets, situated at the window bar seating area.
Location // Nanjing // China
Area // 670 m2 // 7200 sqft
nspired by the solid and delicate linear language found in nature, EnSpace's interior offers a contrast of hard stones and metals with soft delicate tones, fabrics and feature lighting. Strong vertical lines at the entrance formed by wooden fins behind the reception desk lead you to view the soft delicate ceiling feature above that cascades down in rows creating a welcoming area to everyone entering the restaurant/lounge.
As you move in the centre of the space, the seating is set for dining during the day and separated from the lounge area is the centre bar that allows the space to go from day to night.
The lounge area allows for daytime dining as well as group seating and bottle service during the evening.
Floor to ceiling wooden screens that slide open and closed separate the main space with the BOH and private seating areas which allows the spaces to be joined or separated when needed.
With light fabric colours and stones and hints of gold metal detailing and oak veneer finishing, EnSpace becomes a luxurious restaurant during the day and world-class lounge-bar at night.
Location // Entertainment District // Toronto
Area // Main Lobby + 12 Storeys
King's Tower, a downtown Toronto condominium built in the 1990's required a fresh new update to which MAPA provided a
contemporary and sophisticated transformation.
Inspired by jewel-like tones and surfaces, the interior sparkles with golden metallic accents, terrazzo-like porcelains, warm tone woods,
mirrored surfaces, and modern and stylish decorative lighting.
The main entrance and vestibule have been updated with new glass and metal frame enclosures allowing the main lobby to feel more open and modernized.
Walking thru the main lobby we encounter the new security desk location which will serve to provide higher security needs and overall enhance the functionality and operation of the client's needs. As we continue to walk-thru the lobby the atrium opens into the elevator lobby area where we have a new seating area and metal mesh wooden screens throughout that are grounded by a large modern chandelier.
As we walk up the new stone steps with gold metal rail we move into the back of house of the space providing pathways to the mailroom and back exits.
A modern transformation with a hint of traditional accents, King's Tower renovation brings out the jewel of this gem found in Toronto's vibrant entertainment area.
Location // Horseshoe Valley // Barrie
Area // Hotel 4519 m2 48642 sqft // Conference Centre 525 m2 5650 sqft
Established in 1962 with minimal design updates, MAPA realized an intense task was upon them to refresh Horseshoe's 101 keys (rooms) as well as Horseshoe's Conference Center in 2012 with phase 2 taking place in 2013. The rooms, as out-dated as they were, did provide a large template of space which allowed MAPA to accentuate this rare offering and custom design furniture, fixtures and lighting that scaled and complimented the room proportionately. New electric-heat, floor-to-ceiling stone facade fireplaces along with new large-scale windows for uninterrupted views, eloquently captured the essence that MAPA wanted to concentrate on, the sense of welcome, warmth and wonder.
Upon redesigning the Conference area, office's were moved and walls taken down to open the area around the floating staircase that takes you to the common/sitting area and rock garden. The Conference Rooms and washrooms were updated with new fabrics, fixtures, lighting, ceiling layouts along with custom millwork.