Early last year, the studio published a case study book about Beauparlant design, the work we do, our architectural work and interior design, who we are and our process. I am now coming to the end of the print run and wanted to post a few images of the book before I retire this last copy to the achieves.
The book was a good way to explain in greater detail the process we go through with each of our projects. When we submit a proposal for an entire project it is typically broken down in 5-6 phases depending on scope and scale;
1- Planning and schematic design – high level space planning, programming and functional requirements.
2- Design Development- identification of materials, finishes and design details.
3- Construction documentation – working drawings, specifications and consultant coordination.
4- Permit application and project tender – preparation of application package and contractor negotiations.
5- Construction administration – regular site meetings, shop drawing review, deficiency reports
6- Furnishings and accessories – furniture plan, budget definition, decorating, execution.
Our process was explained in the book through a number of residential and commercial retail case studies showcasing our range of styles and scale of projects. Everything from a traditional face-frame walnut kitchen, to a contemporary interior in a Toronto Victorian. We were also able to show the range of scope from small powder rooms to large residential additions. The book was a great way to show some of our work in progress from hand sketches, 3d renderings and scaled models.
To showcase our retail projects we explained the thought process and thinking that went behind the interior planning. In the case for Sant’urbano spa the objective was to develop a powerful selling environment and a layout that draws customers to high-profit categories.
As for LPK’s, effort was placed on creating operational efficiency and a compelling and adaptable merchandising display. Since the LPK retail space was launched at the end of 2008, the store has gone through some evolution and more recently the addition of some casual seating at the front. The seating was incorporated at the bottom of our flexible display wall; this was achieved at no additional cost to the store, a true testament to the quality of the interior design.
The book was rounded out with a few quotes from our wonderful clients and business partners; graphic designer Laura K and naming strategist Andris Pone. Our more recent projects were also beautifully captured thanks to our architectural photographer John Heineman.