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Madison Décor Studio, North York | 51st International Design Competition Winner

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

Madison Décor Studio, North York Design: dkstudio architects inc., Toronto Photography: Michael Muraz, Toronto and dkstudio architects inc., Toronto

Madison Décor Studio is a 3300-sq.-ft. design center in North York devoted to the Nobu Residences in Toronto, a multi-phase, multi-structure project. The dkstudio team was asked to elevate the often mundane process of choosing finishes and details for condo homeowners in the Madison low-rise residential building.

Homeowners are greeted at a reception area that leads to the bar lounge reminiscent of VIP lounges in high-end fashion boutiques. The lounge houses a bar on one side and a large display wall of sample finishes on the other. Premium sample packages mounted on sliding tracks can be mixed and matched to intrigue the clients while they sit on a designer sofa sipping drinks. High-gloss materials are carefully balanced with the contrasting epoxy concrete floor to create a luxurious look while still reminiscent of a design studio.

Judges thought the minimalist design and materiality delivered on the concept goal of evoking a luxury fashion house.

Architect: dkstudio Architects inc., Toronto

General Contractor: StructureCorp, Toronto

Consultants: ThinkL Studio, Vancouver, B.C. (lighting design)

Suppliers: Dark Tools, Toronto (light fixtures); TPL Lighting, Toronto (light fixtures); Amerlux, Oakland, N.J. (lamps); and Cosentino Group, Coral Gables, Fla. (countertops)


51st International Design Award Winners

The Class of 2021 includes:

Bloomie’s, Fairfield, Va. CDF Macau, Cotai Citi, New York City Empório Santa Maria, São Paulo FIKA Herbal Goods, Toronto Grand Central Mimico, Etobicoke House of Rituals, Body & Mind Spa, Amsterdam The Hyundai Seoul, Seoul Johnnie Walker, Edinburgh M&M’s, Berlin MAPCO, Sevierville, Tenn. Madison Décor Studio, North York NHL, New York City Puma, New York City Todd Snyder, New York City Treat, JKF International Airport – Store of the Year St. Marche, São Paulo Shinsegae Art Science, Daejeon Wilson, New York City

You can see the entire awards presentation here.

The 51st International Design Awards was sponsored by Little, BHDP, Cadan Photography, and IA, Interior Architects.


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