Monday, 25 April 2011

The Bull finally has a pen!

It's been a couple months since I was first approached by the entrepreneurs of a new financial and mortgage model, to design, decorate and project manage their inaugural office - a space that represents their fresh brand, portray pure professionalism, yet account to a very tight budget.

Thankfully the space, 1200 sq.ft, was basically a rectangular void. Looking past the peachy-dirt coloured ceilings, stucco treated walls, the multi-surface flooring and the leopard-striped wallpaper (can you imagine??!!) that plastered the tiny bathroom was the easy part. Fitting a generous reception area, spacious boardroom, three offices, a kitchenette and bullpen was the spatial challenge that made this project interesting.

Inspiration was taken from the draft website that I was privy to view. It was important to the clients to create a sense of continuity with the brand and website, so the office needed to reflect a modern sensibility with a nod to the familiar warmth of home. There's also a great image taken from their website to greet you as you come through the front door - reminiscent of a warm sunny day, every day!

The use of white is evident throughout the space, however every room has a balance of colour or texture to provide interest. Vibrancy is given to each room and space through the photography that was carefully chosen.

The company, Taurus Mortgage Capital, was created with a vision to help Canadians achieve successful home ownership in a non-stressful environment...that's fun, yet professional. I think we captured this vision to a "T"! 

“Michelle has a great ability to look at an empty canvas and see a project in its final form. Her vision led to an absolutely amazing design, which went far beyond what I had originally pictured. She pays attention to every detail, was responsive to our every request, and most importantly knows how to execute. Every day I come into our new office, I am proud of the work she did.” 

– G. Hugh, Taurus Mortgage Capital

The great clients!! - Corey Romyn and George Hugh