An abundance of local elements. That's what the Canadian company Mason Studio wanted for the new Kimpton Saint George hotel in Toronto. Numerous millworks, a nod to the city's famous albino squirrel and post-war references are just a few of them. Toronto has a new hotel and it's not just a hotel.
The local interior design firm Mason Studio made the Kimpton Saint George an ode to Toronto's layered architectural and artistic heritage. Mason Studio incorporated the Bohemian spirit of the trendy neighbourhood The Annex, where the hotel is located, into the Lobby where also the richness of Yorkville's craftsmanship can be seen. The numerous millworks visually guide the guests through the space and at the same time refer to the different architectural styles and epochs that Toronto knew.
"The Canadian office left its mark on the interior of the new Kimpton Saint George hotel in Toronto, an ode to the city's architectural heritage."
Mason Studio's design also reinforced the concept of the various districts in the city. It did so by contrasting a luminous meeting space, the Peregrine Room, with the moody colours of the lobby.
Each guest room has got an apartment-like look and tells the Torontonian culture with custom-made furniture, many of which are curved or rounded. Locally crafted decorative objects complete the picture. For example, in the oak and rattan cabinets there is a resin squirrel statue made by the art duo Greatbeard. It is a playful nod to the famous albino squirrels that roam Toronto.
"Each guest room tells the Torontonian culture with custom-made furniture, many of which are curved or rounded."
Canada is mainly known for its vast, unspoiled nature. That aspect was implemented by using green, blue, golden and grey colours between the sea of beige accents. Black and white photographs of a couple on a holiday in Toronto are a reference to the post-war history of the city.
The Kimpton Saint George hotel is one of a number of boutique accommodations that recently opened in Toronto. Each of the hotels has its own identity. Worth a visit for sure!