CHAPI CHAPO DESIGN / ST. REGIS TORONTO
Chapi Chapo Design redesigned all 258 of The St. Regis Toronto’s luxury guest rooms and suites, the new bright and airy interiors are a tribute to the rich Toronto landscape with elegantly modern textures and patterns inspired by the beauty of Lake Ontario. Sitting on the north shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is bound to the west and east by the Humber and Rouge Rivers, with the Don River separating the city between east and west. As these rivers were strong factors for indigenous peoples settling here, Lake Ontario allowed the city to become an influential trading post.
Each custom-designed element speaks of quiet excellence, while abstractly paying homage to a myriad of inspirations including geology, mapping, railway ties, wooden and leather snowshoes, birch bark canoes, urban architecture including Victorian brick facades and modernist office buildings. For example, the working desks are inspired by Toronto’s streetcar tracks connecting the city’s diverse neighbourhoods to one another. The hotel’s stunning new luxury guest rooms and suites are inspired by the glimmering reflections within the water, translated through reflective surfaces mixed with more subdued finishes. Typography patterns on the wall mounted bedroom headboard and carpet represent the natural beauty of frozen Lake Ontario.
Toronto’s unique strength is its diversity – The warm welcoming people that are Canadians allows for an ever-expanding Canadian multi-cultural tapestry. The Canadian rhetoric is one of inclusion, it is unpretentious with a natural tendency towards hospitality and thriving community. The new design emulates the warm welcoming Canadian spirt by including sophisticated yet unpretentious material and warm woods. Exquisitely tailored details mixed with natural textures combined to make a luxurious yet comfortable space and a place to entertain – which the St. Regis founding family, The Astors, were notorious for in the early 1900s. The hotel’s design was intended to be a place where people of all walks of life can come together and connect and the textures and patterns honour the land in which Toronto stands.
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