Metal arches and rough wooden columns form an illuminated colonnade through design retailer Avenue Road’s new showroom in Vancouver. The 12,000-square-foot (1,115-square-metre) display space spans two floors in a 100-year-old building in the city’s trendy Gastown District.
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The new outpost is intended to help Avenue Road continue its mission to introduce the unknown European talent to the North American market. Founded by curator Stephan Weishaupt and Canadian design duo George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, the company now represents designers and studios on both sides of the Atlantic, with locations already in New York, Toronto and Miami.
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“We are thrilled to put down roots in Vancouver, a place that we believe will identify with our personalised service, curated contexts, and truly global perspective,” said Weishaupt.
Working with Toronto-based designer Abraham Chan, Avenue Road has transformed the industrial spaces into a series of apartment-like rooms. These are furnished with contemporary architectural products, kitchens, lighting, furniture, textiles and accessories, following the style for its New York showroom, which was expanded last year.
Chan and Avenue Road first cleaned up the Toronto space by covering brickwork and mechanical systems, and painting all the walls white. Existing rough wooden beams and columns are left exposed as a contrast to this neutral backdrop, with a series of other industrial-style metalwork providing a reference to the history of the space.