Memo From Toronto

Toronto-based design firm Yabu Pushelberg’s design for the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto was inspired by a dandelion, as seem here in the dramatic front desk installation. Photograph courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

This floating stairway, designed for the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto by Yabu Pushelberg, leads to Café Boulud, the first Toronto restaurant for New York-based Chef Daniel Boulud. Photograph courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

Yabu Pushelberg’s warm, residential-inspired design for the 259 rooms and suites at the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto uses understated neutrals, elegant floral accents and fresh pops of dandelion yellow. Photograph courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

A Shangri-La Suite at the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto, with interiors featuring sapele veneer, a dark wood from the mahogany family, residential style furnishings and Asian accents, designed by Vancouver-based CHIL (Co-ordinated Hotel Interiors Limited). Photograph courtesy of Shangri-La Hotels.

The Bar, an intimate 30-seat destination that fronts Bosk, the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto’s signature 80-seat restaurant, features 180 hand-blown glass fixtures in varying shades of green and amber by the Bocci glass blowing atelier in Vancouver, BC. To the right, an oak wall carves out the name, Bosk and it’s definition, “a small wooded area.” Photograph courtesy of Shangri-La Hotels.

Guests at the new ALT Hotel Toronto Pearson are greeted by the one-of-a-kind ALTEXPO, a collaborative work of art created from more than 80,000 images submitted by Instagram users around the world and inspired by a daily color scheme. Photograph courtesy of Group Germain Hospitalité.

As in its 153 rooms, the lobby of the new Alt Hotel Toronto Pearson, a no-frills, eco-chic hotel located at Toronto’s main airport, features uncluttered design by Lemay Michaud Architecture Design. Here, the lobby furniture is by Italian design house Gervasoni. Photograph courtesy of Group Germain Hospitalité.

The Reflective retro glamour of contrasting inlaid polished marble and mirrors set the tone for the h interior design of the 261-room property by II BY IV hints at the dark drama of the hotel rooms and the lighter colors used in the 118 residences. Photograph courtesy of Trump Hotels.

The interiors of the spacious rooms and suites at the new Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto have a palette that II BY IV partner Don Menchions calls “champagne and caviar.” Photograph courtesy of Trump Hotels.

Sleek and light-filled, the Yabu Pushelberg-designed dbar in the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto features 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and décor in an understated palette inspired by a dandelion. Photograph Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

Neutral stone floors, sourced from Ontario, offset the vibrant textured orange columns that serve as gallery space for pop-art paintings by Mr. Brainwash in Chef Daniel Boulud’s first Toronto eatery, a contemporary space designed by Rosalie Wise Designs in the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. Photograph courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

The entrance to Momofuku Toronto’s four eateries in the new 66-story Shangri-La Hotel Toronto and Residences is dramatically accented by a 72-foot steel sculpture by Chinese artist Yhang Huan. Photography by Bob Gundu.

Momofuku Noodle Bar, located on the street level of the new Shangri-La Hotel Toronto, has interiors by The Design Agency with white oak communal tables/benches and views of the open kitchen. Photography by Bob Gundu.

Nikai, the second-floor beer, wine and sake lounge at Momofuku Toronto was designed by The Design Agency and features a bar with Uminoff stools. Photography by Bob Gundu.

Housed in a restored circa-1940s brick building, Soho House Toronto hired The Design Agency to create the cozy ambience for its Club Floor, which features vintage furniture arranged so members can socialize, work, relax, eat or drink. Photography by Mark Seelen.

The second-floor Pantry Bar at the new Soho House Toronto was design by The Design Agency to have an airy retro vibe with reclaimed wood, antique bar stools and the feel of a country store in the city. Photograph courtesy of Soho House.

A rendering of the view from the plaza in front of the $130 million Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, designed by B+H and scheduled to open in Summer 2013. Courtesy of B+H.

A rendering of the view from the plaza in front of the $130 million Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, designed by B+H and scheduled to open in Summer 2013. Courtesy of Oxford Properties.

Rudy Wallman Architects had the challenge of fitting Ten York, a 65-story, 694-residence glass tower developed by Tridel, into a difficult triangular site between two highways. Courtesy of Tridel.

The plans for the 65-story Ten York, designed by Rudy Wallman Architects and slated to open in 2017, call for a 30-foot glass-enclosed lobby. Courtesy of Tridel.

One Bloor East, a condominium tower designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects and slated for completion in 2016, features undulating, curved balconies, which contrast with the modernist high-rises to its north. Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects.

When completed in 2016, the 65-story One Bloor East luxury condominium, located in tower in downtown Toronto and designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, will feature 687 units. Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects.

The Design Agency’s recent interior for Brassai Restaurant and Lounge, located in Toronto’s King West District, married French Renaissance details with a modern aesthetic.

The retro-clubby interiors of Soho House Toronto, the newest addition to the London-based group of private clubs located in a three-story, circa-1840 brick building, were created by The Design Agency. Photography by Mark Seelen.

Housed in a restored circa-1940s brick building, Soho House Toronto hired The Design Agency to create the cozy ambience for its Club Floor, which features vintage furniture arranged so members can socialize, work, relax, eat or drink. Photography by Mark Seelen.

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