Toronto-based Kilogram Studio recently completed design work on Toronto’s Keki Shop. The project began with the client’s request to create a space for Japanese confectionery brand LeTAO that would tie in with the local neighborhood.
Design began with an exploration of the manufacturing process for LeTAO’s signature cheesecakes and cookies, which are baked in molds with paper lining. Designers paid attention to the richness and texture of wrinkled paper. Outside, poured concrete sidewalks and troweled roadways relate to the textures of baked goods in the interior.
Treats are displayed on a plinth in the center of the space. A suspended illuminated fabric structure above directs attention to the display. The surrounding walls are lined with a steel frame display shelving system that is lit from above with extended wall-mounted lights. Service counters are clad with fabric textured concrete.
The richly colored and patterned terrazzo floor is a remnant of the building’s former tenants. Blue and sand hues dominate, blue-stained wood offsetting the cream-colored cheesecakes on display. Display shelves and furniture are designed as an extension of street furniture by using concrete and A-frame signs, characteristic of Toronto sidewalks. Continuous shelf frames along the exterior walls obscure views to the street.
Photo: Scott Norsworthy