Decorating & Design

March 25, 2010

The Classic-Industrial Mix

I just came back from lunch at Brassaii, which is my favourite restaurant on King Street West in Toronto. It was recently redesigned by The Design Agency (a.k.a. Designer Guys Allen Chan, Matt Davis and Anwar Mekhayech).

Photo Blog March 25 Toronto Hot Spot Brassaii Table

It’s been divided up to accommodate more intimate dining spaces. My favourite space was the front café, with its circular banquettes, reclaimed wood tables, Jielde table lamps and armless lounge chairs.

Photo Blog March 25 Toronto Hot Spot Brassaii Elevator

Matt used the term “urban archeology” to describe Brassaii’s new style, and I think that term really fits. During demolition, they discovered architectural elements that were previously covered up, like wall niches and even an old elevator shaft (above).

Photo Blog March 25 Toronto Hot Spot Brassaii Dining Room

Photo Blog March 25 Toronto Hot Spot Brassaii Lighting

They refined the rustic loft-style building using a great mix of classic materials such as leather, wool, and natural stone, with more humble textures like reclaimed barn board and rolled steel. Above, Castor Design’s Extinguisher lights add an industrial element to the main dining room. Mixing classic elements with reclaimed materials always works for me, since it looks super chic without being fussy and uninviting.

Photo Blog March 25 Toronto Hot Spot Brassaii Lounge

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and beyond, so it has to be multifunctional — and look great — day or night. The café turns into a lounge (above) in the evenings and overlooks their impressive wine cellar. The private dining areas are perfect venues for daytime business meetings, and the size of the space could even accommodate a wedding reception.

For more on Brassaii’s new look, see Andrea Mills’ Art Inspiration blog post.

Photo credits:
Brassaii, photography by Paula Wilson