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Do not disturb - Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel in Toronto
Samira Azzahir, February 12, 2007
P. Jessica Rose
P. Jessica Rose
 
After an elaborate interview process with numerous architectural designers, Stober sought out the intuitive 3rd Uncle Design team in 2001 to complete the renovation. Recently awarded “Designer of the Year” at the 2005 Toronto Interior Design Show, John Tong, a partner with 3rd Uncle, has worked with Stober in the past and clearly understood his artistic vision and the importance of preserving the architectural integrity of the Drake.

A deep sense of history permeates the contemporary design; beautiful terrazzo floors remain original to the hotel as it first opened in 1890. The remnants of and old crumbling mural and distressed brickwork lay bare and exposed alongside vibrant lounge-inspired wall coverings and the latest local artwork. Weaving post modern design in with classic retro, the space has taken on a personality all its own, honouring its historical legacy and giving it the freedom to evolve with the neighborhood’s burgeoning arts community.

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