Arts and Craftsmanship
Mason Studio and Kimpton’s Ave Bradley and Diana Martinez channel visual notes of Toronto’s Bloor Street Culture Corridor into the brand’s Saint George hotel.
Kimpton Saint George is more about harmony than rock ‘n’ roll. Set within steps of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto’s Bloor Street Culture Corridor, the hotel’s interiors convey the nuances of neighborhood life, accenting a subdued neutral palette with architectural details and artful punches that speak to local culture.
Toronto-based interior design firm Mason Studio teamed with Kimpton’s global senior vice president design & creative director Ave Bradley and its design director Diana Martinez on the 14-story hotel’s look. The tan brick exterior features a handpainted owl mural by Toronto street artist, Birdo, which designers say symbolizes the hotel’s sense of discovery from one room to the next. That character’s eyes show the reflection of the city’s skyline.
At the reception check-in area, natural materials such as wood and marble imbue a calming feel. An original handpainted mural by artist Tisha Myles depicts a misty Toronto-inspired scene with a blue jay flying above the mist, a patriotic nod to traditional landscape paintings. That area organically flows into a living room anchored by a focal point fireplace. Arcs and millwork architecturally define the space.
The property’s 188 guestrooms, including 20 suites and a presidential suite, reference the annex’s heritage homes via a contemporary design that integrates local elements. Original works by Canadian artists, as well as the finishes, color selections, furniture pieces and objects, reflect the Toronto community.
Tuning into the city’s music connection, multisensory suites are equipped with TEAC turntable systems and vinyls from a roster of Canadian artists curated by Kimpton’s director of music, Lauren Bucherie, in collaboration with local record store, Sonic Boom Records. (From the guestroom corridors to the elevators, the music is handpicked for every zone of this hotel, celebrating the many musicians who got their start in this neighborhood, particularly through folk music.)
Music inspiration doesn’t need to be loud to have an impact. Here, the designers interpreted the community’s culture through an artful lens, using curated pieces to speak to the area. No guitars needed.