Bold Colors Enliven a Toronto Law Office by In Studio

"We wanted to take a bold branding approach to the legal sector," project designer Heidi Painchaud explains. Photography by Ben Rahm / A-Frame Studios.

The iconic First Canadian Place skyscraper in Toronto’s downtown financial district is known for its corporate tenants, but that doesn't mean its interiors look traditional. Inspired by the various jewel tones in the logo for a law firm in the building, Gowling WLG, local interior design firm In Studio encouraged the partners to go bold and “jump into color,” recounts Heidi Painchaud, a project designer.

Each of the five floors in the law firm features unique upholstery accent shades that stand out against the white walls and furnishings, further emphasized by strategically implemented lighting. Project lead Jaymie Cooper explains that geometric lighting fixtures are placed above reflective tables to give a distorted illusion of more space. Additionally, perforated Arktura ceiling panels add a dynamism to the lighting of various spaces throughout. Says Painchaud, “everything has a statement, so we were very selective with the design details.”

Clever use of light and reflective material create optical illusions. Photography by Ben Rahm / A-Frame Studios.

Marant Construction was integral in implementing different work spaces in both the contemporary and traditional spaces of the law office. Photography by Ben Rahm / A-Frame Studios.
The cafe area features a minimalist kitchen with discreet storage solutions. Photography by Ben Rahm / A-Frame Studios.
Located in a previously unused corridor, these booths provide lawyers with a casual environment to work and talk with clients. Photography by Ben Rahm / A-Frame Studios.
The 16th floor lobby provides ample seating for casual conversation. Photography by Ben Rahm / A-Frame Studios.
The elevator lobby features a view of the Arktura ceiling, one of the first of its kind installed in Canada. Photography by Ben Rahm / A-Frame Studios.

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