Teknion, a Toronto-based manufacturer of contract office furniture, has opened its first showroom in downtown Toronto, providing clients with a highly accessible location in the city’s burgeoning Southcore Financial Centre.
Situated on the 20th floor of the LEED Gold Bremner Tower, the new showroom takes full advantage of floor-to-ceiling windows along three sides of the space, providing panoramic views of the Toronto skyline and waterfront. A column-free interior allows natural light to flow into the 10,750-square-foot space and maximizes flexibility.
The showroom reflects a new vision of the workplace, inviting visitors into a spacious lounge area, bisected by a substantial bench table that acts as a central “hearth” and extends the length of the showroom. Two lighting mobiles designed by David Weeks hover above the table, rotating to cast light up or down. On either side of the “hearth” table, this open, casual meeting area is furnished with comfortable lounge seating in rich colors and equipped with amenities that include a coffee/wine bar and a video wall. Warmed by natural wood flooring and millwork, the elegant space serves multiple functions: supporting collaborative work or touch down work and creating an appropriate setting for wine tastings that highlight the Stratus Wines produced by Teknion’s President, David Feldberg.
From the central “hearth” area, visitors are directed either to the right or left, to experience Teknion’s latest thinking about workplace design. The south side of the showroom illustrates a casual, modern approach to the work environment employing a playful color palette and a variety of Teknion products in an open, fluid landscape; the north side exhibits a more conservative approach with a formal look and feel. Both areas feature built-in libraries fitted with integrated seating and bookshelves, a custom design that displays the many books published by Teknion to offer thought-provoking, research-based commentary on the evolving workplace.
Teknion’s architectural glass wall systems divide offices and conference rooms, while maintaining a sense of transparency and accessibility that is consonant with the Teknion brand. The showroom also features a display of Teknion’s extensive textile collection and product finishes, incorporating a large work/storage table that provides a useful surface on which to layout fabric and finish samples—an aid in selecting products to create a desired palette.
Designed to effectively present Teknion’s diverse product offering, this warm, welcoming space also reflects the changing character of the contemporary workplace and reinforces the Teknion brand—a design-focused company that brings bold creative thinking and intelligent innovation to the international contract furniture market.