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Intérieurs 84 Cover Photo by Marc Cramer, H.E.C Montréal, Québec — Taken for the cover of INTÉRIEURS no. 1 in 1996
INTÉRIEURS No. 84 WINTER 21-22
Art Direction Caserne
Publishers & Editors Brigitte Gadoury Ginette Gadoury
MIXING BUSINESS & PLEASURE
WORDS & WISHES
WHO DID WHAT? / WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Tim Zyto — Montauk Sofa
Alexandre Marchand — Produits Neptune
Georges Coulombe — Gestion Georges Coulombe
Daniel Lépine — Plomberie Jean Lépine
Jean-Claude Calabro — LumiGroup
An inside look at the magazine’s art directors and where they are now. Philippe Bouvry Annie Le Blanc Paprika Baillat Studio Caserne Denis Moisan
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UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL
Art Direction Caserne — caserne.com Content, Creation & Translation Juli Pisano Writer Madeleine Champagne Advertising Production & Diffusion Director Brigitte Gadoury Project Managers Sonia Bourahla Mariève-Patricia Langevin Agathe Lericolais Delisle Fernando Lima Maria Salvati Print Impresse inc.
SUCCESS PARTNERS Lysanne Pepin + Friends / Be the Change You Want to See in the World
MSDL + Brivia Group — A Beautifully Constructive Association!
Taktik Design + Sainte-Anne — Rethinking Education Together
Etienne Bernier — Fogo Island & Nunavik Enthusiast
Marc Cramer — Tales of Talent
Elsa Vincent — Empathy in Design
Christian Bélanger — The Hills Are Alive
Paule Bourbonnais — Solid as a Rock
Alain Moureaux — Lifetime Achiever & Mentor
MU Architecture — Here & Now
Michel Dubuc — Meet the Architect-Sociologist
Marie-Josée Lacroix & Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec — A New Chapter Along the Shore
Albert Leclerc — When Photography Meets Design
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Teknion au-devant de l’avenir
Chez Teknion, nous croyons que l’histoire nous en dit long sur notre siècle. Poussés vers l’avant au rythme des changements, nous pouvons puiser dans notre passé pour façonner notre futur. Pour être au-devant de l’avenir en tant que société ou entreprise, il faut savoir d’où l’on vient et imaginer où l’on va.
Dénuée de tout élément superflu, la combinaison spatiale de SpaceX traduit un élégant pragmatisme. L’économie de moyens a traversé le temps comme principe conceptuel, donnant vie à des objets simples mais pratiques qui répondent aux critères d’utilité et de valeur.
EDITORS’ NOTE collaborators that has allowed us to carve out a place of choice in the global world of media, we hope that INTERIEURS remains a benchmark in terms of excellence in design and architecture and, we dare say, a benevolent beacon, of some sort. Powered by a digital shift, news is now presented to industry and design enthusiasts on the INT.design portal while INTÉRIEURS magazine focuses on two special editions of the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN per year and a People edition which highlights the personalities and professionals who shape our environment and mark our industry. With this anniversary issue, we are offering you unpublished portraits of 25 personalities, business people, designers and architects who shape our industry! Free thinkers, creators, innovators that impress, here and beyond borders. It will, we hope, enchant your hearts and sing to your spirits. We invite you to visit INT.design for the full versions in either Molière or Shakespeare’s tongue as well as complementary content. The past becomes the future... let’s go towards sparkling and promising destinies, and let’s go on, doing it together.
25 Years... and Counting! In 1996 (MCMXCVI), the 996th year of the 2nd millennium, when inspiring words were sung on the radio telling us to believe we can fly and touch the sky, we wanted, to launch a magazine with a two-part mission. The object? To inform professionals and businesses of trends and resources in the field of interior design at first, architecture and built environment later, and encourage networking at the local, national and international level in the office, commercial, institutional and residential markets. We wanted to create a beautiful, racy, inclusive and forward-thinking magazine. It stayed racy. Evolved and grown over the years. Thus 25 years later, INTÉRIEURS, in a climate of rare effervescence and the taste of the beautiful, all the while, mixed with a need to densify and bring humanity back to its cities and recover interesting buildings, the magazine, infused with these currents, continues, more ambitious and inclusive than ever. Thus it recently welcomed in its pages more than thirty countries which took part in the magazine through the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN competition. Their concerns and ambitions echoing ours. After 25 years of the editorial content of promising topics in current events in design and architecture featuring talented
GINETTE & BRIGITTE GADOURY PS: ABOVE ALL, A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO ALL THE TALENTS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED WITH FAITH IN THIS FIERY JOURNEY OVER THE YEARS.
WORDS & WISHES
INTÉRIEURS… From good friends and true, from old friends and new, May good luck go with you, and happiness too.
MICHEL DUBUC Ædifica “INTÉRIEURS has always persevered, broadened its horizons and refined its approach constantly to reflect the diversity of the community. It allows talents to express, measure and believe in their place in the world!” “It would be inconceivable for the design community to have no representation via quality media in Quebec and I can only admire the titanic efforts made by Ginette to fulfill this mission. Long life to INTÉRIEURS!” MICHÈLE TESSIER-PEPIN “I had the chance to collaborate with Ginette Gadoury in the early 1980s, during the effervescent era of Décormag magazine, Quebec's leading showcase of interior decoration, design, and architecture for the general public. From that moment, our artists, designers, architects, stylists and manufacturers have had a dedicated forum to make themselves known and recognized here and abroad.“ “The only words that describe the years of hard work and success at Decormag, at the time, are: vision, action, perseverance and resilience, qualities inherited by her daughter Brigitte Gadoury and which led them to team up for the future. We owe them for having imagined, created and marketed the magnificent and timeless INTÉRIEURS magazine as well as SIDIM, the Montreal International Design Show, a privileged meeting place for professionals and the design, architecture and built environment industry.” “Kudos and congratulations to these two outstanding entrepreneurs... and long live the magazine INTÉRIEURS and other initiatives of the PID agency.” ELSA VINCENT IDEA, STGM “INTERIEURS magazine is a renewed surprise that I enjoy browsing upon each new issue release. Kampai!”
LYSANNE PEPIN Espace Pepin & Maison Pepin “When I look at the work of Brigitte Gadoury, co-president with her mother Ginette of INTÉRIEURS magazine, I am delighted with the achievements they have accomplished and the projects that drive them, rain or shine, with a morale made of steel and a creativity that seems unlimited!” “Brigitte and I met young teenagers in the interior courtyard of Décormag. We gravitated around the best creators, designers and architects.” “We’ve known each other for what seems like forever. I first chose to pursue the visual arts whereas she started collaborating on Ginette’s projects fresh out of University, demonstrating not only exceptional talent for sales and promotions as well as good leadership with internal teams and freelancers.” “Well done to Brigitte, Ginette and the team at the magnificent INTÉRIEURS magazine.” LOUIS GAGNON Paprika “Ginette has greatly contributed to the dissemination of design in Quebec. I am very happy to have had the chance to work with her and her team to whom she passed on her passion.” CHARLES CÔTÉ & JEAN-SÉBASTIEN HERR MU Architecture “We have a lot of respect for INTÉRIEURS that has served as the benchmark in design for years and, more broadly, for all the people behind who promote the work of Quebec designers and architects.” “Congratulations on 25 years of strong editorial content and thank you!”
ANIK SHOONER Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux “I’ve always admired Ginette Gadoury immensely for her passion of design. Let’s not forget, Décormag, launched by Ginette in 1972, was Quebec’s very first interior design magazine.” “What a long and successful path it has taken! INTERIEURS has achieved a very high level of quality and helps to affirm and promote the importance of excellence in architecture, interior design, industrial design and landscape. Well done!” ALAIN MOUREAUX “Ginette Gadoury and I met in the offices of Decormag magazine on rue Saint-Paul. The purpose of our exchange? To take a critical look at the content of the magazine. Fresh from my European upbringing and reading magazines, like Ginette, I conclude that the bar was high, but had to be taken. Today, INTÉRIEURS magazine and the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN has affirmed their position as leading initiatives and I continue to support the ambitions and vision of the PID agency. Well done!” MARIE-JOSÉE LACROIX & PHILIPPE POULLAOUEC-GONIDEC “Since its very first publication, we have always seen INTÉRIEURS magazine as the promotional showcase for design in Quebec. It is the only periodical that offers a multidisciplinary, non-corporatist perspective, valuing the work of designers, architects and landscape architects as well.” “This inclusive approach to professions and projects is one of the qualities of this medium, which also offers a commercial showcase for Quebec and international industry.”
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8,624 pages in CMYK of inspirations in design, architecture, culture. Here’s what represent 25 years of publishing, promoting and enriching this highly creative and talented industry, year after year, issue per issue. In 25 years of publishing devoted to promoting design and architecture excellence, here and abroad, INTÉRIEURS has always striven on creativity and talent. Artistic directors have succeeded themselves and left their mark on our magazine with rich and unique content. Where are they now? A look back at the art directors who knew how to bring to life the effervescence of a community of professionals like no other.
/ WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
WHO DID WHAT?
THE COST OF A GOOD DESIGN The story of the magazine’s artistic direction was laid out long before its first page ever printed. Enter Ginette and Brigitte Gadoury, Philippe Bouvry, an accomplice for years and Annie Le Blanc who will become the magazine's first artistic director. Back in 1996, Philippe Bouvry, at the head of BBC at the time, had already signed many Montreal Design Show campaigns and other marketing tools for PID Agency along the years. Naturally, when it came time to choose the magazine’s artistic direction, BBC seemed the perfect fit! That’s when and where, Annie Le Blanc, of BBC’s design studio at the time, dove into the concept and created the first ever INTÉRIEURS design concepts and mood boards with BBC.
“Jaguar’s one-time president is famous for saying that if a good design cost seems steep, imagine the cost of a bad design...”
BOUVRY BRANDING & DESIGN Philippe's career is prolific! Philippe has notably developed an expertise in working with municipalities to upgrade tools of efficient communication. Among his notable projects, let us recall the design of signs and the branding of paid on-street parking in Montreal, the branding of the mobile application to pay for parking, the interior signage of the BDC at Place Ville Marie, the signage parks and green spaces as well as the historic district of Boucherville and participation in the new Bell Canada brand image in 1996.
B.V.: WATER SPORTS COMPLEX, BOUCHERVILLE, BOUVRY BRANDING & DESIGN
A COMMITTED CAREER Philippe Bouvry has always played an active role in Quebec’s graphic design industry.
I WAS PRIVILEGED TO MEET INSPIRING PEOPLE SUCH
He was president of the society of graphic designers, he organized the very first Écograda congress in Montreal, he devoted himself to politics and the development of the profession with dedication. Today, Philippe is still more than active. He particularly enjoys writing about the profession. A great pre-retirement project!
RÉAL SÉGUIN OF CABANA SÉGUIN, LAURENT MARQUART, JAQUES GUILLON AND MICHEL DALLAIRE. PLANNING MY RETIREMENT SCARES
BOUVRY / BRANDING & DESIGN email@example.com
THE BEJESUS OUT OF ME!
Annie Le Blanc
GOD IS IN DETAILS
In 1996, Annie Le Blanc was called upon to create the graphics for a design and architecture magazine intended for professionals. A premiere for Quebec at the time. “I was at the BBC. I was given a week to do the research, develop the grid, the logo, the artistic direction, the photo style, the typographic choice… And to present everything to Ginette Gadoury, a legend in the field of design!” “I used to work on the magazine designs on nights and weekends. Believe it or not, laptops were not a trendy commodity back then… with no home computer, I would create the layouts the old fashion way, drawing chosen images sent by slides on assisted translucent paper lit by a light box!” “For the very first magazine cover, Marc Cramer took a series of fantastic photos in the HEC amphitheater. There were faltering wide angle shots and elegant architectural details. The graphic detail was so inspiring, that it was suggested for the magazine's cover and tone, its signature look, and its branding were given!” In 2006, Annie Le Blanc joined the PID agency full time to lead a relaunch and a new image of the magazine.
AND NOW A multipotentialite, as some say... Annie has moved on, since, to many other projects, both on personal and professional levels. Married for a few years, she left the Richelieu valley and the modest summit of Mont St-Grégoire where she had lived for more than a decade, to join the majestic mountains of Montana and live life, in harmony with animals and nature, as owner and marketing director of a vacation ranch and microbrewery, the Cougar Trail Ranch! Back in Quebec, Annie is now Marketing and Creation Director for International Pool Group, a major group of independent pool and spa retailers in North America. “I love what I do! We are a small team and we do great things!”
ON MONTANA RANCH, USA
ANNIE LEBLANC, QUÉBEC, CANADA
AWESOME LIST AN AVENTURE SEEKER! I’VE PARACHUTED, SCUBA-DIVED, MOUNTAIN CLIMBED... AND WON A CATTLE PENNING TEAM COMPETITION ONCE! MY LIST IS LONG AND LIFE IS SHORT.
Louis Gagnon is artistic director and co-founder with his wife Joanne Lefebvre, of Paprika, an agency that does not need any introduction. “Design projects in publishings were always part of our core operations. We had done La Presse’s rebrand, designed books, produced annual reports and so forth... but a design magazine was a first for us. One that we were most excited to explore!” “When I was a child, my parents subscribed to Decormag magazine created by Ginette Gadoury. I lived in Beauce. This publication that we received at home was for me a source of discovery and a connection with Montreal, urbanity, design.”
LOUIS GAGNON, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR. PHOTO: LEDA & ST. JACQUES ST.
“The fact that INTERIEURS dealt mainly with design, architecture and culture connected directly with the interests of the talents of the team and those of their clientele such as Maison Corbeil, Periphere, MUST and so on.” “High creativity exuded! Those were the years I was Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. I used to work closely with the most-talented François Leclerc on each number and brainstorm content with Louis. At the end of it all, we’d conduct advertisement placement all together and decide of the article’s order. This was Louis’s favorite step of it all. He seconds this motion!”
“We were looking for an idea, a detail to distinguish ourselves and mark a turning point in the magazine's graphic approach. I remember having the idea of extending the cover inside the magazine, the idea pleased and this concept was applied for two years time” During these wonderfully creative years, the magazine was awarded and recognized by many prestigious contests and organizations such as AIGA, ADC NY, GRAPHEX, GRAFIKA, ID Annual Design, STEP Inside Design, Advertisement & Design Club of Canada and COUPE International.
INTÉRIEURS 42 COVER
PAPRIKA NOW “The years go by, the team regenerates and so do the projects. Our clients grew with us. I am thinking of Maison Corbeil with whom we have been working for more than 25 years.”
Maison Corbeil is now part of the G2MC group, Paprika also works with Jardin de Ville, a partner of the same group. The team has worked proudly with Canada Post for over fifteen years and creates exceptional books with friend-collaborator Thierry Loriot. Paprika has created important identity programs with Lighter Group for their exceptional resorts in Belize and is an accomplice of Julie Snyder in her multiple initiatives and endeavours.
MUST SOCIÉTÉ, GRIFFINTOWN
“Our first son William was born in 1996. I was a new-starter not-soskilled, over-thinker kind of a father back then! That’s when I first met Éric Corbeil of Maison Corbeil as well. We’ve been working hand in hand since.”
MUST SOCIÉTÉ, GRIFFINTOWN
Intérieurs 84 AWESOME LIST TEACHING! I HAD OFTEN THOUGHT OF IT. ONE DAY, THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTED ITSELF. THAT MADE ME THINK A LOT. I SEE MYSELF IN MY STUDENTS AND IT HELPS ME UNDERSTAND THEM BETTER AND BE THE TEACHER I WANT TO BE. TO VISIT JAPAN. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S STILL PENDING ON MY BUCKET LIST!
Clients are constantly evolving and challenges, growing. Paprika’s strengths grow stronger and projects grow broader, ranging from branding, to strategy, to space design, to packaging, to motion, web, print and more! paprika.com
In loving memory of François Leclerc, in the name of which Paprika and UQAM now hand out grants to graphic design students that exceed expectations and excel. Paprika wished to honor the memory of François Leclerc taken too soon by a devastating cancer in 2013 by renaming the Paprika scholarship, the François Leclerc scholarship. This scholarship has been awarded every year since 2006 to a graduate of the UQAM School of Design who has distinguished himself in Graphic Design. FRANÇOIS LECLERC
Baillat Studio (Baillat Cardell & Fils)
BOLD & BEAUTIFUL
A different breeze of creativity struck the magazine from editions 57 to 60. It was the time of the artistic direction provided by Jean-Sébastien Baillat, now at the head of Baillat Studio.
“My favorite cover? Number 56! Or the 58... Home Sweet Home!”
“INTÉRIEURS’ content evoked our passions. Design, architecture, buildings... these are subjects that stimulated us.” Issues designed by Baillat distinguish themselves by their boldness. The object of the mission? To highlight the beauty and strength of architectural details showcased in projects. The issues were characterized by a striking literate, the appearance of metallic and pop colors and a graphic design that echoes the architectural details of the projects staged.
EN COUVERTURE : PROJET LYSANNE PEPIN
BAILLAT, TODAY Baillat’s trademark and expertise remains the same today as it did during the magazine’s era. Under the name Baillat Studio, Jean-Sébastien focuses on two pillars of operations, identity and experience, and relies on the power of art and design to make an impression.
DANS LES MÉDIAS
Print media, Web design, branding, publicity campaigns, packaging, exhib-its and more! Not to mention using art and design as means to create amplified and unique customer experiences while giving a niche, an edge, to commercial partners. Mandates for Aires Libres, Age of Union, Messi10, Nik Mirus and Dans les Médias... the list of clients to whom Baillat's unique and artistic approach serves is long and fruitful! baillatstudio.com
Ugo Varin Lachapelle & Léo Breton-Allaire
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!
Ugo says “Let’s go!”, Leo replies: “Apero!” Here is the yin and the yang at the head of Caserne. They set the tone of the young creative agency responsible for the magazine’s artistic direction since 2013... and counting! “Taking up the torch of artistic direction, after PAPRIKA, whom we have always admired, worked there for so long, seemed to us nothing less than an honor!”
“Choosing a dog to be featured on the cover of the 66th issue of the design and architecture magazine did not please the Editor-in-chief, but ultimately, she put her trust in our gut!”
“Of all the issues we've produced, 67 is our favorite. No image is bleed, paragraphs are not justified… We L-O-V-E-D it! Ginette... not so much!” As a true instigator of creativity that she is, she has nevertheless known how to trust creatives… a quality that has always been recognized. “We design the magazine issues in an organic way. Over the past 8 years of artistic direction, we’ve adapted our approach to cater to the various needs and raise the bar on creativity.”
“In 1996, I was nine", says Ugo. "Leo was six!”
UGO VARIN LACHAPELLE
WHO IS CASERNE? Caserne's creative approach is distinguished by its conceptual relevance and its desire to build iconic brands, revolving around a distinctive and strong story or mission. A work that is characterized by a marked and noticed interest in typography and photography and a portfolio of remarkable projects such as the MAC collection, the Kombucha Club and the graphic redesign of CISM. caserne.com
MUSÉE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN
AWESOME LIST A FIRST GRAND PRIX GRAFIKA (NOW IDEA) OBTAINED THE FIRST YEAR OF OUR ASSOCIATION! THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!
3,900 kg of ink from these thousands of pages printed from INTERIEURS now stain the fingers of Denis Moisan, consultant and printing broker, for 25 years already. "My dad would often say: It's not blood flowing through our veins, it's ink! “My father and uncle were in the printing business. I worked on press machines for 14 years before playing a more active business role in the printing industry.”
“In 1996, I received a call from Brigitte Gadoury
who was running an Aboriginal magazine that was printed that year. She tells me that the quality of the publication is what is sought after for INTÉRIEURS. A great bond of trust has been established.”
“The rest is history !” IMPRESSE EXPERTISE Impresse, which Denis manages with a hand, was able to win two Gutenbergs for the excellence of his work and printed products for Natrel and the Galerie du Meuble. "This is the GRAMMY trophy for printers! "Analyze, advise, quote, supervise, approve, deliver and do the little extra customer service, this is the expertise of Impresse, a printing broker.
3,400 hours of press later, Denis Moisan still ensures our printing needs in the most loyal and trustworthy way! One winter snowstorm ago, on the night of a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN awards gala, Denis took it upon him to fill his car up with magazine issues and deliver them himself, attending the gala that evening anyways. A life-saver, time and time again! “I remember a funny anecdote. By reversing color films, the chair featured in an advertiser's advertisement mistakenly turned orange. The law of the market operated… a customer demand arose and, the following year, the manufacturer offered orange chairs!”
HUMANSCALE AD, ORANGE VERSION
As a printing agent, Denis analyses, recommends, quotes, supervises, approves and delivers printing jobs of all shapes and forms. His trademark quality ? Going the extra mile ! We thank you dearly for the all extra miles you made along the way, some literally traveled by car to make our events, successful ones ! impresse.ca
In the words of Bob Ross: “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents!”
AWESOME LIST A PRE-PANDEMIC TRIP TO PORTUGAL… WHAT A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY! TO VISIT ALL NFL STADIUMS. I’M UP TO 14/36. OF ALL THE NFL STADIUMS VISITED SO FAR, A SHOUT OUT TO DALLAS FOR ITS IMPRESSIVE SIZE. ARIZONA FOR ITS OUT-OF- THIS-WORLD FIELD ON HYDRAULIC TRACKS. DENIS MOISAN AT GALA DU GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN
Finally feel at home Condos Griffintown
Etienne BERNIER by
FOGO ISLAND & NUNAVIK ENTHUSIAST
Madeleine Champagne Agence Spatiale & Jessy Bernier
WITH WIFE AND ASSOCIATE MARIANNE CHARBONNEAU
His main creative approach responds to our situation as a Nordic country. It’s not a question of following a trend for him, it comes naturally. Name that architect? Architect Etienne Bernier is known for his work’s Nordic aesthetics. Let it be said… he did live in Nunavik for a little over a year when his career first started. 32
NORTH-BOUND Of his years spent in Nunavik, he says: “I walked from village to village and I felt at home, in my country, even though I had never seen anything like it!”
“I realized in Nunavik how deeply rooted nordicity is in our DNA.” ARCHITECTURE FUTURE Etienne Bernier was honored this year with the prize for the next generation of the Ordre des architectes du Québec, a prize he considers as much due to his team as to himself, starting with his wife, Marianne Charbonneau. “She is so important! The prize should come back to both of us, and the whole office” he says. The goal set for upcoming years? “To grow our practice and diversify it. I would like to take on more complex, stronger projects, but also continue to do smaller ones. We do not want to carry out the same kinds of projects, Charlie Chaplin style in Modern Times!”
AVEC MARIANNE CHARBONNEAU, CONJOINTE ET ASSOCIÉE
HIS GREAT PRIDE = HIS TEAM “I believe that the project that makes me the proudest, among the 600 projects on which we have worked for 5 years, is the ‘social project’ of the office. Bringing together a team that now numbers nearly 20 people, working together in a common direction, is not easy.”
“I learned on the job what to do and, over time, I now understand leadership a lot better… and I love it!”
FOGO ISLAND STUDENT-TEACHER TRIP
BÔ BEAUTY The architect’s inventive spirit follows him everywhere. You have to see one of his recent achievements to appreciate the full sensitivity of his inventive spirit. I’m talking about the restaurant BŌ Cuisine d’Asie, located in Le Diamant theater in Old Quebec. It has umami [the perfect taste] in everything and for all! We are in Quebec, but we could also be in New York. BŌ evokes a fluid universe built around water and mist to evoke the steam of the kitchen. Deep hues of navy blues and matte blacks contrast with the clarity of the waves and the lightness of the floating lights that brilliantly suggest rice paper. The wood effect floor finishing and the exposed wooden banquettes bring a simple and authentic side that balances the gilding accents, here and there. Suggesting the rippling effect of water and the amplitude of its movements, the interior design is simply captivating and suave.
BÔ RESTAURANT BY EBA. PHOTO: JESSY BERNIER
FOGO ISLAND DESTINATION A favorite destination? Fogo Island, all the way! Etienne loves Fogo for his Nordic side, his simplicity, his distance from consumption and tinsel.
TODD SAUNDERS’ ARTIST STUDIOS, FOGO ISLAND
The cold white desert ! Destination Fogo Island ! Etienne brought his School of Architecture students on “field trips” there several times. New construction designs inspired by local culture enchant him like no other. Believe it or not, all of the furniture at Fogo Island Inn was handcrafted, often using natural materials. Ode to the craftsman ! Alleluia to craftsmanship ! At the iconic Fogo Island Inn, furniture, from chairs to side tables, has been custom designed and inspired by traditional pieces found on the island. As for the artist studios, designed by Todd Saunders… the dream! He has a sincere love for these projects. “Their impact on the landscape is just perfect.”
FOGO ISLAND INSPIRATION The Nordic inspiration is well felt in the work of the architect. The noble and natural materials, the abundance of natural light and the dramatic geometry of the chapel he designed in the village of Kangiqsujuaq, in Nunavik, are eloquent manifestations of this. NUNAVIK CHAPEL
“We opted for a contemporary reinterpretation of the church for this project located in Kangiqsujuaq, a village in Nunavik. The church bell tower forms a simple gable which houses the bell. The volume, as a whole, creates a protective space, a safe haven. The building was designed as a simple sculpture placed in nature, a minimalist object with Nordic inspirations.” The bell tower is revisited here in the form of a simple gable. The volume creates a protected space to accommodate people. The light atmosphere is designed to create a soft and diffused light with the stained glass in geometric shapes and the window strip at floor level. KANGIQSUJUAQ CHAPEL BY EBA
SAGUENAY LAB-ÉCOLE As a winning contender of the 2020 Québécois Lab-école architecture contest aimed at redefining school design for generations to come, and hence, mandated to create the Marguerite d’Youville School in Saguenay, Bernier dives into the future and envisions the school for the future. A fan of collaboration with a Nordic tendency and great architectural talent, Etienne’s lab-école project is one in which collaboration and authenticity reign… a project that fully embodies this man of principle’s vision. Lab-École Saguenay will see its first cohort of schoolchildren at the start of the 2022 school year. GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ALL PARTS! Here is a more than tightly woven project co-signed by Etienne Bernier Architecture, APPAREIL Architecture and BGLA. Etienne Bernier and Kim Parizeau of APPAREIL have been a dynamic duo since they first met in school. It is following a pact between the two friends that the APPAREIL [Kim] and EBA [Etienne] firms decide to apply for projects other than the Lab-École competition. The terms of the bet? If either of them wins the first stage of the contest, then they would form a team for the second. And wham, bam… thank you Ma’am!
THE SECRET OF SUCCESS! In turn, all three experts exchanged roles and shared the workload. BGLA will take care of the project and site load, APPARATUS, interior fittings and EBA, the architecture of the building. “Although the work is shared, we each give our input on the work of the others in order to arrive at a cohesive project and to ensure that there is no blind spot to the project.”
By moving onto the second round, the up-and-coming agencies decided to capitalize on BGLA architect Stéphan Gilbert’s great experience and adding his office along as a third partner to their consortium.
MEGA PROJECT The new school will accommodate students from preschool to grade 6 and will have three preschool classes and twelve primary classes. The spaces also include a simple gymnasium, in addition to gathering places to move, collaborate and eat. Score! The school project is comprised of three built sections, set around an interior courtyard protected from the wind. Of the three sections, one brings together spaces open to the community, while the other two bring together the various spaces reserved for learning, teaching and staff needs.
ENDEARING Built in the heart of Saint-Joachim Park, the school of tomorrow will be bordered by a wooded area, a nice place for new kind of teaching and physical activity. After all… How can future generations learn the legend of gnomes if they never step outside the classrooms to learn at school? BUILDING BETTER To arrive at this new proposition, it was necessary to deconstruct the conventional conception of the school. To this end, the architects moved away from the institutional-looking building to transform it on a scale that is sympathetic, accessible and welcoming for the main concerned: schoolboys and schoolgirls. “We fostered the dream of having children spend more time outdoors. We imagined gardens, outdoor classrooms and bleachers. The idea, in a way, is to provide the opportunity for students to learn math while gardening or exercising outside !” Bursting in laughter, Etienne always wonders: “Would a child have fun in the environment we’re building?”
“In 1996, I was full of energy and wanted to please the people around me…” —Etienne Bernier
COMMUNITY PROJECT The project is officially on! “These are all local businesses that have been invited to bid on the project. We have made this conscious choice to promote a form of circular economy, resulting in citizens taking pride in their achievement. We wanted to avoid, at all costs, to bring in construction elements that were not local. For the vast majority of the building blocks, we’ve achieved our mission and local suppliers and, hence community members, take pride in having played a part in this visionary project for their youths.”
SCOOP TOP SECRET… EBA is changing its name! Discover Agence Spatiale (Space Agency), nothing less! A scoop which is not yet public, but which the team wanted to share with our readers, here, as a top-secret reveal, in complete privacy! “Our legal name “Étienne Bernier Architecture” no longer represented the scope of our services, nor of our mission. We choose to define ourselves as an “agency“ to position ourselves in a wider choice of interventions involving architecture, branding, furniture, urban design, interior design, event design and more.“ “Our approach explores and optimizes the notions of encounter and experience. We focus on the moments that people will share. We are Agence Spatiale.”
CLIENT PRESENTATION DOCUMENT LAYOUT, AGENCE SPATIALE
TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! We wanted to find a more inclusive name to operate under. One that the team could take ownership of and that would welcome new associates, in time. A name which inspires dreams as much as concrete, and which sets us apart from the “patterns” of more classic architectural office names. Etienne Bernier Architecte takes off under a whole new name and brand! Meet Agence Spatiale and get ready for an out-of-this-world new chapter of the agency’s life. To the moon and back!
CONTENT ON INT.DESIGN: SMOKED MEAT INT70, 2016
TALES OF TALENT
Madeleine Champagne Marc Cramer
Marc CRAMER From painting to cinema, from visual presentation to fashion photography to design and architecture, Marc Cramer is once an artist, always an artist! The multitalented artist Marc Cramer tells his tale… a story of passion, meaning and generosity. 39
THE FIRST-EVER INTÉRIEURS COVER In 1996, I was in Montreal. Ginette Gadoury calls me and asks me to go see the H.E.C. recently completed, to take some photographs. I was immediately thrilled by the project designed by Dan Hanganu for its inviting friendliness, its staff, its students, its visitors… The intimate link that resided between humans, nature, light and technology all at once. As I entered the auditorium, I was won over by the softness, fragility and sensuality of this room.
H.E.C. PHOTO TAKEN BY MARC CRAMER FOR THE FIRST-EVER COVER OF INTÉRIEURS AND CHOSEN AGAIN FOR THIS SPECIAL EDITION ISSUE
Point be made… photos were shot on a 4 X 5 Ektachrome film… long before Photoshop was ever around! Taking architectural photos was a different adventure altogether back then. You should have seen me perched on a stepladder with my 4 X 5 camera, a black veil over my head to adjust the delicate focus on the frosted surface because of the limited depth of field on a long focal length lens. And that was the birthplace of INTÉRIEURS covers and photoshoots on which Nancy Bergeron worked closely with me as Head Stylist. This is the origin story of the abstract close-up cover that would become an INTÉRIEURS trademark of some sorts. AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP "My relationship has been fabulous both on a human level and on a professional level with the entire team led gently and firmly by Ginette Gadoury. It was a heartwarming feeling and I was part of an amazing big family." A great mutual trust was established, knowing that we were working with passion on a good cause. I remember some absolutely crazy shootings, and always, a terrific atmosphere.
WITH GINETTE GADOURY
PURE TALENT & PROFOUNDNESS My personal signature came progressively after various training in the field and many questions asked and answered over the years. It has changed with the technological changes and with my pronounced taste for design in all its forms. As a child, I wanted to be an artist. I was already passionate about architecture, painting, sculpture, fashion, dance, music… and Japan. I see creation as all the means of expression that are related to art, the history of humanity and the beauty of nature in general. HE PERSISTS AND SIGNS I just finished an important photo shoot, The Montreal Biodôme. I was blessed in receiving a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Gold Award for the body of shots taken. I also have a personal project that I put off winter after winter about the disappearance of agricultural architecture in Quebec. I delay it until later, COVID obliges.
PREOCCUPIED BY THE PLANET In 1976, with Louise Guay, we hosted a Manifesto Exhibition at the Media Gallery where we posed the premise: “What if, one day, you wake up and there are no more animals on earth?”… It was a highly animated event as much by the contradictions as by the interventions made by the public. I was also part of a performance at the Museum of Fine Arts and participated in 1979 in the Contemporary Trends in Sculpture Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. These were, in many ways, premonitory exposition of the problems we are experiencing today. Ecology was always on my mind. A PASSIONATE MARC Should I mention that I am one of the artists in Corridart who was censored for demolition in 1976? Subsequently, I remained concerned about all environmental issues while being critical of the rampant and pervasive trend in contemporary architecture which has little regard for heritage conservation. Fortunately, this has since evolved!
I am always working… PROMENADE SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN BY WAA+
MBAM, PAVILLON DE LA PAIX ATELIER TAG - JODOIN LAMARRE PRATTE
BIODÔME DE MONTRÉAL KANVA
A MANTRA Work. Work. Work… Cramer lived by the motto before Rihanna ever sang it!
“I'm always working! Work, Work, Work. Constantly questioning myself on the why and how certain things interest me. Is it love that draws me in? For what? How? Why?“
A THEME SONG, OR TWO, TO HUM ALONG TO! Jacques Brel makes me cry every time I hear him. I embrace the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff and the work of contemporary composer Terry Riley. MBAM — EXPOSITION THIERRY MÜGLER, 2019
“The road is long and short at the same time, but I have the space for the future in front of me.”
MBAM — EXPOSITION THIERRY MÜGLER, 2019
BERGE DES GLACES INDESIGN CONRATH ARCHITECTE
A MAGICAL PLACE I love a small town in France’s region of Languedoc-Roussillon, Marseillan. I love its village and its port on the Etang de Thau. Pleasure in the Mediterranean and a few seafood restaurants around the port. I like the mild climate there, which is surprising. AND THEN LIFE GOES ON I had the pleasure of having a great career as a teacher at the Université de Montréal, having some very good clients for whom I took pictures with a lot of freedom. AND LIFE HAS SURPRISES LINED UP FOR US… A few years ago, I bought a ruined row school located in the region. I purchased an old country side school. Over the years, it has become my studio. The place I call home and where I produce my personal artistic work trying to grow better every day.
ÉTANG DE THAU, MARSEILLAN, FRANCE
MARC CRAMER’S COUNTRY WORKSHOP
A WORD FROM INTÉRIEURS TO MARC A talent like Marc’s endures over time. We never tire of being inspired by his images, year after year. What will be the next project? We can’t wait to see it! Since images are worth a thousands words… a thousand times, we thank you! marccramer.com CONTENT ON INT. DESIGN: SMOKED MEAT INT56, 2011
OLD COUNTRY ROAD SCHOOL OWNED BY MARC CRAMER AND USED AS HIS WORKSHOP
As the leading star of her wondrous life, Elsa Vincent, is an associate designer and founder of IDEA, the interior design and signage division of STGM. Interior designer Elsa Vincent is also one of the partners of STGM, this major Quebec architecture firm. “I have a lot of fun, she says, leading a creative interior design, graphic design and signage team within IDEA, already founded in 2014.” 44
LEADING WOMAN / EMPATHY IN DESIGN
A MANTRA TO LIVE BY “A designer I admire, Diego Burdi of the Burdifilek firm, once told me the following mantra: We are only as good as the ones who follow our recipes.” “This mantra has followed me for many years. It has taught me the importance of fostering a close-knit relationship with collaborators and craftsmen during all steps of a project to maintain focus on the initial design.” ELSA’S SIGNATURE STYLE Elsa’s signature style is felt, right off the bat, at STGM’s head office in Quebec City. This is the first private commercial building in Quebec City to be LEED Platinum certified. It was granted with a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award in 2016. Designed with sustainable development in mind, the design of STGM’s head office features local materials, Quebec furniture and custom lighting made by artisans from the region. Some pieces of furniture have also been recovered and retyped for a second life.
STGM HEADQUARTERS, QUEBEC, QUEBEC, CANADA
“In 1996, when INTÉRIEURS was going to press, I was Director of Visual Presentation and Senior Project Manager for the store construction of La maison Simons, a proudly Québécois establishment. I worked there for almost 20 years.”
QUARANTE 7 RESTAURANT BY IDEA, QUEBEC, QUEBEC, CANADA - CLAUDE MATHIEU STUDIO PUB PHOTO
THE TABLE IS SET! For Quebec City’s Le Quarante7 restaurant, sustainable solutions were also prioritized. “We recovered from the restaurant some furnishings and original materials. Chairs were redone to give them a beautiful patina and a rejuvenated appearance.”
A destination Elsa finds inspiring? “Ah… Definitely London!”
The cool-ecological solution for the Quarante7 restaurant consisted, in particular, in the recovery of the original furniture.
“I love London’s crazy mix of old and new. Its eclecticism! One of the most beautiful places in London, the Sketch, is marked by the variety and eccentricity of the pieces, all as different and original as the other.”
ALONG THE SAINT-LAURENT A great moment in Elsa’s flourishing career occurred along the Saint-Laurent… during the construction of the Hôtel Le Germain Charlevoix in Baie Saint-Paul, named Hôtel La Ferme at the time of the project. The region’s high school offered a support program for young dropouts, allowing them to complete their studies while doing cabinetmaking work.
“With them, we have developed a complete line of furniture for the rooms and common areas of the hotel. All the young people we met were passionate about the project and the part they were playing in making it happen.” Driven by the project of cabinet-making for the hotel and motivated, these inspired and inspiring youngsters succeeded in pursuing their studies, and some, even considered a future in cabinet-making. Sweet success!
NEW YORK, NEW YORK Another striking experience was realized 5 years ago, at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. Elsa and brother Patrick Vincent presented a line of furniture designed for a high-end metal furniture manufacturer that also designs pieces for houses such as Chanel, Burberry and Simons. Elsa also designed the stand layout and the branding of the brand called Layor. “I have learned in life to take it one day at a time, to appreciate the present moment; without denying the future.” Although Elsa has already designed many hotel projects, she cherishes the hope of, one day, designing a New York City hotel. Big apple dreams!
BAIE-SAINT-PAUL. PHOTO: MARIE-MICHÈLE BOUCHARD, UNSPLASH
ELSA AND BROTHER PATRICK VINCENT AT ICFF’S LAYOR BOOTH, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
THE TRENDIEST CHOICE
THE LEADING PLUMBING CENTER ON THE SOUTH SHORE 5855 Taschereau Blvd., Brossard, Québec, J4Z 1A5 450 676-1322 plomberiejeanlepine.com
A project by
Juli Pisano Magalie Dezaide, Objectifsr
Christian BÉLANGER THE HILLS ARE ALIVE Raised in a mid-century modern single-storey home in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, close to the exceptional architectural heritage of the Miron family, Christian Bélanger was “born in design”. Interior designer Christian Bélanger remembers being an accomplice and witness to his father’s Nuns’ Island detours to fill up the car tank at none other than Mies van der Rohe’s Montreal-made gas station. The irony of him and Pierre Martin, his life and business partner, now living in a sugar shack restored as a mid-century home hits him. Over the phone, I can hear his smile brighten his voice…
ROAD TRIP CONVO I called Christian while he was driving from Esterel to Montebello, on the route des Pays d’en Haut, new haven of life and peace for the born-and-raised Montrealer. “Ola! Long time no see!”, he answered. The table was set! A born entrepreneur, a passionate jack-of-alltrades, a creator in the marrow and a mentor for Quebec’s next generation, Christian celebrates, at 58, 35 years of commitment to his career and the 10-year anniversary of the BELANGERMARTIN boutiques and design workshop, a company launched in partnership with loyal accomplice and partner Pierre Martin. Inspired both by minimalist American architect A. Quincy Jones and exuberant Italian designer Fabio Novembre, Bélanger is both water and fire, compassion and passion, refinement and excitement. SAINT-SAUVEUR PROJECT BY CHRISTIAN BÉLANGER
THE LAURENTIANS, QUEBEC — JP VALERY, UNSPLASH
TREMBLANT PROJECT BY CHRISTIAN BÉLANGER
FROM CITY GOER TO NATURE LOVER A few years ago, I felt it was time to distance myself from the city, from urbanity in general. I moved to Montreal’s northern Laurentians and found a new perspective.” “This new perspective has made me more interesting as a designer, I think. This step back allowed me to move forward…” Christian found his paradise and succeeded in his bet by establishing, 5 years ago already, his residence, his office and the second storefront of the BELANGERMARTIN store in the heart of the Laurentians, into the woods and where the hills are alive! SAINT-SAUVEUR BELANGERMARTIN STORE FRONT
HOME SWEET HOME “My daily routine begins at 5:30. I start my day working from my home office, looking out onto the surrounding woods of Mother Nature with my brown Labradoodle and an old little Teckel, before heading out to the agency or a project site for the day.”
Scoop… BELANGERMARTIN Montreal is moving! The lease is signed… the local, more than perfect, the novelty, exciting! And your GPS will easily finds its way… the store is moving to a neighboring space.
THE BELANGERMARTIN UNIVERSE Composed of a project manager, Pierre Martin at management and Christian Bélanger at design, BELANGERMARTIN is celebrating 10 years of great creativity! At the two BELANGERMARTIN “lifestyle” boutiques, on Montreal’s Main Street and in the heart of Saint-Sauveur, Scandinavian fashion rubs shoulders with Italian design while mixing and matching with fine jewelry and tableware. “We created a hybrid concept, a design agency open to the public where creativity is celebrated and sold.”
1995 LE DEVOIR ARCHIVES, WITH JEAN-GUY CHABAUTY
“As a young designer, like everyone else, I was eager to make my mark, to create my branding, to establish my style. As I get older, I notice that my creativity has shifted and I find myself more relevant than ever.”
CHRISTIAN AND PIERRE’S HOME, L'ESTEREL, QUEBEC, CANADA
PENTHOUSE, DE CASTELNAU PHASE 4, MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC. PHOTO: LA CLEF DE VOUTE
CHAMELEON ALLY “I feel like I’ve aged somewhat over the past two years and since the onset of COVID I’ve noticed even bigger changes. Clients have become more aware of their surroundings with the pandemic and anxious to make wise investments and to their images.” “The Web is full of referrers for inspiring projects. Customers do their homework. They start the conversation with bookmarked moodboards and all!” And for rigorous designer Christian, this is where the work begins. “Customers engage us beyond fashions, in search of timeless quality.” “My role becomes to create a soul, to surpass neutrality… to pierce skin pores… to give goosebumps!” “Contrary to belief, these new parameters do not limit the project or censor creativity. They simply change the means to an end. The challenge is different. The work requires more rigour. The pride taken in a job well done remains the same. I am privileged to have clients who hand me complete creative liberty. Yet, with the liberty to create freely comes the responsibility to deliver above and beyond expectations, to explore new venues, to create exceptional spaces like none other.”
“My creativity has distanced itself from the ego trip and moved towards a role of listening to customer innuendoes.”
STILL RELEVANT… AND FRESH! We are far from the beginnings of his early career, in which Christian made his first marks by specializing in the development of luxury condo sales offices. That said, 35 years later, for Broccolini, in partnership with NEUF architect(e)s and L’Abri, he signed a new and third sales office development, corner Guy and Sherbrooke. In 2017, Christian replied that he dreamed of opening a BELANGERMARTIN in the middle of nature. “A lakeside campfire and a design collection launch party rolled into one!” BELANGERMARTIN’S Saint-Sauveur address is most definitely a step in the right direction to making the funky dream a reality that none other than the unique and irreplaceable Christian Bélanger could whip up in his beautiful mind!
LE SHERBROOKE, MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC. JURY’S CHOICE AWARD AT GRAND PRIX HABITAT DESIGN 2021, SALES OFFICE. PHOTO: FRANÇOIS LECLAIR
A proactive leader in the commercialization of design in Quebec, Bélanger was named in 2018 by Azure Magazine among the 30 Canadian interior designers recognized for the excellence of their work. INTÉRIEURS seconds this motion… we couldn’t agree more! belangermartin.com
PAULE BOURBONNA REVEALED by Madeleine Champagne portrait Olivier Hétu
Designer, journalist and media host, owner of Paule Bourbonnais Design and co-partner of reference design, founded with life partner Olivier Hétu in 2011, Paule Bourbonnais talks about exercising her profession and playing an active role in promoting the industry’s talents and trends.
THEN & THERE In 1996, I shared my office with a fashion designer of recycled fur. Being in the presence of a woman in the business of fashion inspired me a lot and above all hardened me. We ate ramen soups for lunch… for lack of money! Back in 1996, I would sometimes sell empty bottles to pay my rent or even get some milk. While that was going on, I still managed to appear in design magazines with some of my projects deemed relevant and newsworthy.
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PROJECT KATHLEEN KOVAT, LES COURS MONT-ROYAL, PHOTO: PATRICK BERNIER
A TASTE FOR DETAIL I can’t say I have a signature style but I can say my tastes lie in the details and, the fact is, I can’t stand mediocrity! I work residential and commercial projects and try to create… Enlarge the interior! This is what I often tell my clients and the approach I take in designing spaces. I experimented a lot with volumes during my studies at UQAM. I am also extremely attentive to my customers and their way of life in order to translate it into their habitat. Each project is unique and I embrace that difference. Each project presents a unique opportunity and I embrace the variety of wants and needs that come my way. The object? To understand my clients' relationship to the space and to translate their lifestyle through thought-out design choices.
WHAT ABOUT THE BIRDS, THE BEES AND THE TREES? The environment in its ecological sense is very important to me. I feel sensitive to the matter as a mother of children to whom I wish to transmit good values. The best example of my sensitivity to the environment when it comes to producing interiors would be the 66DT real estate project. For an interior, I chose a tree, a huge gray elm, which we mounted in panels. From this structure, all the integrated furniture was made. 66DT. PROJECT, PHOTO: ULYSSE LEMERISE
PROJECT 66DT. PHOTO: ULYSSE LEMERISE
“The art of living is a subtle blend of letting go and holding on.” PROJECT 66DT. PHOTO: ULYSSE LEMERISE
DISCOVERING INTÉRIEURS When I discovered INTÉRIEURS magazine, I was amazed by it. I found it gave a much needed window into the design industry in Quebec. The beauty of the magazine, with its polished graphic style and rich content in design or architectural projects, has always delighted me. INTÉRIEURS became an inspiration in many ways. Enter reference design, the company cofounded by Paule and her husband to promote design through videos and interviews.
3, 2, 1, ROLL CAMERAS! With my hubby and accomplice in crime Olivier Hétu, I shared the hope of using all this richness in videos we would produce. The goal was to popularize and democratize design and architecture while promoting beauty and experience.
TWO DREAMS I dream of designing residences in the Turquoise Islands, for example, serving a clientele open to design. I also dream of hosting a design show that touches people, the psychology of humans in their habitat.
In the name of reference design, on more than one occasion, Olivier and I have covered SIDIM in this way. Me, the host. My partner, the director/cameraman. It has always been part of the world of Quebec and American cinema and our common passion for the beautiful fuels this collaboration brilliantly.
Dreaming of, one day, designing high luxury residences in an exotic location and of hosting a design show that would approach human relations and psychology as it pertains to spaces, all the while, listening to Robert Miles’ Children… inspiring as ever!
So we started an audiovisual company to help small businesses take place on the Web. The clientele of our audiovisual agency is very diverse. We cater to Montreal’s Old Port needs and those of clients ranging from Commonwealth Plywood to Expo Bois. “I cried when I found myself inside the Casa Batllo at sunset time. It was greater than nature. I studied Gaudi extensively in my University years. Seeing his works was the most beautiful moment of my life.”
WITH MICHÈLE BÉLAIR PAGNETTI, CASA BATLLO, BARCELONA, SPAIN. PHOTO: OLIVIER HÉTU
Madeleine Champagne & Juli Pisano Fany Ducharme Photographe
MU Architecture HERE & NOW Agile and prolific, Charles Côté and Jean-Sébastien Herr, co-founders of MU Architecture, are reinventing the world! “We drink way too much coffee, enjoy ourselves and produce an architecture to open up lines, respect landscapes, share imaginations, tie people and spaces… and above all, above all, delimit spaces; illimit architecture, here and now!” At MU Architecture, cofounders allow themselves to be carried by their customers’ tastes, the sites’ uniqueness and the spirit of the times. The object? To create an architecture that un-limits space and expands architecture beyond limits.
INTO THE FOREST… PEKULIARI What could be more ecological than the most ecological building? The answer: Not to build anything at all. But our species is growing and, with growing populations come growing shelter needs.
“Established in the heart of a forest in the Outaouais, Pekuliari is a Paleofuturist residential tower whose mission will be to offer a radical vision of architecture while leaving the fewest traces on the immediate environment.” - Charles Côté
PEKULIARI BY MU ARCHITECTURE
LE GLACIER BY MU PHOTO: ULYSSE LEMERISE-BOUCHARD
THE GLACIER To evoke the senses while creating a minimalist and refined architecture. This is what represented the Glacier challenge for MU, a project to convert a duplex into a single-family residence. The skylights and the immaculate treatment of the surfaces create a dramatic atmosphere and express Quebec’s nordicity. The Glacier project, set in Montreal’s coveted Plateau Mont-Royal borough evokes the pureness and strength of glaciers while evoking senses and creating a minimalist feel. 2,000 sq. ft. of pure Quebec nordicity!
CITY HALL FOR THE FUTURE Montreal’s City Hall is about to get a facelift! Since 2017, MU has worked hand in hand with Beaupré Michaud Architectes on creating the new headquarters for city officials. The project promises workspaces bathed in natural light and fittings made of noble materials from here… We have named: wood! The outstanding and inspiring municipal project should be completed by 2023.
MONTREAL CITY HALL BY MU ARCHITECTURE + BEAUPRÉ MICHAUD ARCHITECTES
LA LANTERNE BY MU PHOTO: ULYSSE LEMERISE-BOUCHARD
THE LANTERN Facing peaceful Lac-Morin, the Lantern house shines bright! Built in Val-Morin, in the heart of the Laurentians, this residence is a composition of volumes with soothing and balanced proportions, which, on winter nights, sparkle through the woods like a lantern that marks a place. As a whole, the house was designed in such a way as to optimize the relations between the rooms and reduce movement. The dark cedar siding, in shades ranging from stone to bark, allows the object to blend gently into the natural surroundings. Once inside, the spaces and corridors alternate between bright whites and warm woodwork. Omnipresent windows offer views of a large mountain and a peaceful lake. A large glass axis of circulation pierces the residence and continuously connects us with the forest.
E-HAVEN BY MU ARCHITECTURE
E-HAVEN NATURE BREAK The e-Haven electronic vehicle rest area that MU is currently working on is part of the great global ecological trend by proposing a new relationship between the environment and transport. “By completely redesigning the traditional fuel station, the e-Haven completely redefines our perception of transportation and resting places. It puts forward the renewing effect of being in the same way as recharging the vehicle,” explains Charles Côté. Much more than a simple charging station, it is a destination in a journey, a place where we meet with family or friends for a picnic, a place of learning or a relaxing and contemplative break under the trees. Through its minimal footprint, materiality and human / nature relationship, e-Haven is the embodiment of awareness of our ecological impact. Leaving the incessant artery, we come to dock under treeshaped structures unfolding with humility and delicacy on the edge of wild nature. Calm and calming, the space takes the form of a park around which the pavilions are located. Isolated from the noise of the motorway, a central body of water, collected on rainy days by large structures, contributes to the resting and meditative atmosphere of the place. The breeze and the sunlight, filtered by the umbrellas, mingle with the laughter of the children on a summer afternoon. “Fully modular and prefabricated, the construction system consists of small components assembled on site and easily transportable. From the slabs laid on the ground to the canopy panels and the cross-laminated timber supports, everything connects, snaps and fits together so as to minimize concrete pouring and welding. These light installations, with a very low carbon footprint, can be relocated without waste” explains Charles Côté. By merging with the natural environment, e-Haven offers a new and immersive experience. Its low-cost structures allow flexibility, variety and adaptation to Canada’s climate.
BIGWIN PROJECT BY MU ARCHITECTURE
PAST & FUTURE In 2014, the agency was only 4 years old. Jean-Sébastien and Charles are invited by a visionary to Bigwin Island along with MacKay-Lyons, Patkau and three other famous Toronto firms to submit an idea for high-end golf cabins. An enriching experience!
LIFE LESSONS ALONG THE WAY -
1/ The greatest constraints and the most demanding customers often give birth to the most beautiful projects. 2/ Winning an Olympic medal could be easier than getting a building permit on the Plateau. 3/ Creativity is found all over. It’s about being at the lookout. 4/ Life is short… enjoy what you do of it. 5/ Without ambition there is no going beyond.
The bold idea made Toronto newspaper headlines and BAM… MU hasn’t stopped pushing boundaries since! Looking onto the future, the creative duo foster the crazy dream of, one day, designing an orbital hotel! As they say, you only have one life to live. Something tells us MU is living it to the fullest!
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Son of a furniture-maker, Tim Zyto was a born entrepreneur, a pioneer. He founded Montauk Sofa in Montreal in 1995. Montauk has, today, successfully expanded its footprint in major cities such as Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, Chicago… and more to come!
Tim Zyto / Montauk Sofa President
Juli Pisano Richère Trudeau
IN HIS FATHER’S HONOR
“In 1996, Montauk was already settled in as the first design-industry tenant of the Saint-Laurent Boulevard loft-like office building in which INTÉRIEURS magazine was conceived and created, one storey above. That’s where I first met Ginette Gadoury, some 25 years ago.”
“I used to tag along at my dad’s sofa-making shop and see some 500 sofas produced a day. He’d sell them to a department store for a small profit margin and they would, in turn, sell them to end-users at market value.” As is often the case, Montauk’s origin story came from a place of hardship. “I was unemployed. My father had recently passed away. His company had closed prior to that. It was by observing his father's business model that the visionary and slightly eccentric idea came to Tim: “What if a company just made sofas and sold them directly to the customer?" By posting ads in the Journal de Montréal, Tim and accomplices started selling used sofas, which they stored in a small shop in Montreal, in which they also made to measure sofas. With a nothing-
ventured-nothing-gained go-getting attitude, Tim would inform clients calling for used furniture adds that they could also afford a custom-build sofa, made locally in the storage unit/workshop! Custom orders started coming in. Sofas became more sophisticated. Montauk was born. The secret of his success after 25 years of growth? To try hard, to give it all you have and to genuinely like the people you work with.“In 25 years of business, I can happily say that I cannot think of 10 unhappy clients or partners we’ve worked with.” Sweet success to Montauk Sofa, in a neighborhood near you!
NEW SHOWROOM IN MONTREAL The work of a career! Tim Zyto has just completed the brand's new Montreal showroom. “4 years in the making, 16 000 sq. ft. and 4 floors of retail… we destroyed 25% percent of the front of the building to create a garden and then proceeded to rebuild the facade from basement to the top floor.” Learn more about the extraordinary work put into the Montreal flagship showroom, visit INT.design for complimentary content or see for yourself at 3553 St.Laurent Blvd, in Montreal. montauksofa.com
AWESOME LIST REAL ESTATE PROPERTIES THAT CARRY THE MONTAUK BRAND AND AESTHETIC, MAYBE… EYES ON THE STARS! OPENING LARGE CAPITAL STORES AND BEING ONE OF THE 5 NAMES PEOPLE THINK OF WHEN PURCHASING A HIGH-END QUALITY SOFA… FEET ON THE GROUND!
“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” - Theodore Roosevelt
Meet the Canadian athletics champion turned General Manager of Produits Neptune, the Quebec company recognized for the excellence of its bathroom products.
Alexandre Marchand / Produits Neptune General Manager & Co-Owner
Juli Pisano Boyer Média
FLY ME TO THE MOON
“In 1996, I was at Sydney’s World Championship of Athletics.”
A TRUE TEAM PLAYER Energetic. Insightful… Meet the Canadian champion in Athletics turned General Manager of the wholly-owned-by-its-managementstaff, Quebec-based, leading supplier of quality bathroom products, Produits Neptune, Alexandre Marchand. Rigor. Devotion. Stress management and work organization. These are skills acquired within the national athletics team, which have become useful or even essential to the performance of Alexandre Marchand, general manager of Produits Neptune. “Some say I move a lot of air. Of water, air, earth and fire… I guess I’m air!” FLORENCE — BATHTUB
CARING MANAGER “We manage as we are born,” they say. If so, Alexandre Marchand, named Business Personality and Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of the greater Saint-Hyacinthe region in 2017, manages in proximity, support and pleasure. No wonder that the athlete-turned-businessman’s life motto would be: “Work hard, play harder!”
ALEXANDRE AND SON
“My son’s perspective on life must be light years apart from mine at his age, shaped by the current challenges or advantages of our society. How nice it would be to see life through his eyes…” 75
VAPORA F1 — BATHTUB
IN A GALAXY CLOSE TO HOME Founded by in 1996, Produits Neptune is now owned by active General Manager Alexandre Marchand, President Jean Rochette and members of the high administration. Launching new products in recent years has brought water to the mill. Over 50% of sales are now made on products launched in the past five years. produitsneptune.com
“The constant challenge of growing together as a team fuels my ambition and lights up my days.”
AWESOME LIST HAVING BECOME A SHAREHOLDER OF NEPTUNE PRODUCTS. SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY AFTER HARD WORK AND DEVOTION. AS GREAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT AS CROSSING THE FINISH LINE IN A 400-METER RACE. ITALY ONE DAY AND SPENDING MY RETIREMENT PRODUCING FINE WINE. EVERY TIME I SAVOR A
“It is the strength of collaboration that has led to the success of our company over the past few years. I wake up in the morning happy to find my incredible team.”
SANGIOVESE, I DAYDREAM OF THE DAY…
ZEN — BATHTUB
Back in 1982, Saguenay-born Georges Coulombe founded his real estate company with the main mission of safeguarding the built heritage. "Each building has a story to discover, a potential to resurface," explains the major owner and property manager, president of Gestion Georges Coulombe.
Georges Coulombe / Gestion Georges Coulombe President
Juli Pisano Boyer Média
VISION & LIFE IN COLOR
“In 1996, I had already acquired 24 buildings and was managing 700,000 sq.ft. of office space and hundreds of tenants. I still haven’t stopped since then!”
THE STORY GOES… Over time, as the much-loved poet Léo Ferré sings “Avec le temps”, Coulombe acquired old shops, warehouses, industries and disused banking buildings in order to offer them a new life respectful of their own. historic stamp. In 2014, he transformed a former convent in Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson, which became the town hall of the municipality in 2017. Flash-forward to the present. Restorations signed Gestion Georges Coulombe extend in Montreal from the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough to Ville-Marie, the South-West and la Petite-Patrie, in the old Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and in other remote locations. The visionary developer has notably revitalized Montreal’s historical district with a built area of more than two million square feet having benefited from his commitment and his initiative. A most recent endeavour, the restoration of the century-old StoneHaven Manor, gave a second life to a historical building set on a majestic Laurentian site, now serving as a high-end Relais Château hotel.
ÉCHO DU VIEUX-MONTRÉAL ARCHIVES, SEPTEMBER 1997 420 MCGILL RENOVATION. NOW OWNED BY THE MAISON DE L'ARCHITECTURE ET DU DESIGN. GEORGES COULOMBE AND RENÉ ALLARD OF ALLARD CONSTRUCTION
388, RUE SAINT-JACQUES, MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC, PHOTO: BOYER MÉDIA
THE STORY BEGINS… A passionate autodidact, his curiosity, his love for art and for history and his entrepreneurial spirit first led him to work in the heart of the historic district of Montreal. After 12 years of climbing the ladder within the graphics department of Alcan, he decided to found his own communication company in 1976. In doing so, he unknowingly carried out his first action as a built-heritage-sensitive real estate developer.
STONE SOLID PORTFOLIO From his very first gesture was born a vocation which led him, six years later, to found his real estate company with the conviction that historic buildings can revitalize entire sectors of our cities. Some notable contributions to the revitalization of the urban landscape of this patron of the built heritage are: • 288, SAINT.JACQUES STREET MONTREAL, QUEBEC OLD MOLSON BANK
• 360, SAINT.JACQUES STREET MONTREAL, QUEBEC OLD ROYAL BANK OF CANADA HQ
• 388, SAINT.JACQUES STREET MONTREAL, QUEBEC OLD UNION INSURANCE COMPANY BUILDING
• LE RODIER MONTREAL, QUEBEC • RELAIS CHÂTEAU STONEHAVEN SAINTE-AGATHE-DES-MONTS, QUEBEC
These beautiful buildings of yesteryear, once restored, are indeed endowed with a precious economic value far from speculation and vacancy. gestioncoulombe.com
360, RUE SAINT-JACQUES, MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC. PHOTO: BOYER MÉDIA. AWARD OF THE YEAR, GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN 10th EDITION, CREW COLLECTIF ET CAFÉ, BY HENRI CLEINGE, ARCHITECTE
“We come from farmers and loggers. We cannot deny our roots.”
288 RUE SAINT-JACQUES, MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC. PHOTO: BOYER MÉDIA
AWESOME LIST LET'S WAIT SOME TIME AGAIN TO SEE IF MY COMING TO EARTH WILL HAVE BEEN POSITIVE (WORDS OF A HUMBLE MAN)! TO BUILD A BUILDING THAT
A LISTENING EAR “I manage as I would like to be managed", reveals the one who begins each morning with the accomplished feeling of having made his bed! Sensitive and attentive, as much to the built heritage as to the fantastic people with whom he surrounds himself, Georges Coulombe is a businessman, self-described as stubborn. We would say determined.
A committed, active and smiling man, he plunges into the future with dreams of building an exceptional building that would be considered a masterpiece. His profound respect of the heritage feels deeply rooted in authenticity. Soon to come… stay tuned!
WOULD BE CONSIDERED A MASTERPIECE… COMING SOON!
“Of water, fire, wind and earth… I choose earth!”
STONEHAVEN MANOR, RELAIS CHÂTEAU, SAINTE-AGATHE-DES-MONTS, QUÉBEC. PHOTO: BOYER MÉDIA
Daniel Lépine was literally brought up in the plumbing accessory and bathroom supply business. Naturally, of water, wind, air or fire… Water is his element of choice!
Daniel Lépine / Centre de plomberie Jean Lépine General Manager
Juli Pisano Bernard Préfontaine
TAKE MY BREATH AWAY
“Water and plumbing runs in our family!” For more than 40 years, the Centre de plomberie Jean Lépine has offered its customers a selection of recognized and prestigious brands. By visiting the showroom, customers from all over Quebec fall under the spell of the service that unquestionably sets the benchmark in decorative plumbing.
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A FAMILY BUSINESS The Centre de plomberie Jean Lépine is a family business recognized for the excellence of its service and the quality of its products since its creation in 1981. From father to son, Daniel Lépine, today the general manager of the late Jean Lépine’s company, manages with honesty, authenticity and perseverance. “In 1996, I worked in purchasing at Plomberie Jean Lépine and worked with various sales and customer service departments.“ PARTNERS & FRIENDS “My passion has always resided in searching for new products while meeting and surpassing our clients’ interests and demands.” Centre de Plomberie Jean Lépine has been offering exceptional service and high quality products at competitive prices since Jean Lépine founded it in 1981. Today, the company is a long-lasting business partner of Ciot, one of Canada’s most important marble and tile importers and a five-year importer of Aktuell bathroom products, a company in full expansion with over 50 retailers across Canada. plomberiejeanlepine.com
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A BUSINESS LOVE AFFAIR “It feels good to be around the people you love. My team is like my family.” Creating strong business relations, cherishing and nourishing them comes naturally to Daniel. He’s worked with some partners such as Ciot, since the start, and holds a place dear in his heart for his staff members, a.k.a. family members in many ways. DREAMS & TRAVELS After business, comes pleasure! “I love to travel. Florence is particularly inspiring to me for its unique architecture and style. As sung by Berlin… it takes my breath away!” “I like to take part in the big design exhibitions held in Italy, Germany and China. I come back stimulated, inspired, rejuvenated!”
AWESOME LIST HAVING SEEN AFRICA & EXPERIENCED A SAFARI! TO VISIT AUSTRALIA, ONE DAY!
With a go-getting attitude, Jean-Claude Calabro leads LumiGroup, the fast-growing industry leading lighting manufacturer agent set in Montreal’s Mile-End Hub, launched in 1995 with a cell phone, a car and one single signed manufacturer to represent.
Jean-Claude Calabro / LumiGroup CEO
JEAN-CLAUDE WITH HIS WIFE AND BUSINESS PARTNER, LUCY COISH
Juli Pisano Loïc Pravaz
With wind in its sails, the Quebec company, LumiGroup, is an eloquent example of local success, recognized and sought after by industry professionals for its expertise as an architectural lighting agent, in Quebec, Canada and abroad.
A FAMILY AFFAIR “My father and uncle were electrical contractors. My brother-in-law and my cousins are too. I worked on my younger father's commercial projects, and I quickly realized that I didn't want to do electricity… I wanted to do lighting!" Raised in a family of electricians, Calabro started off as an electrical worker himself before becoming LumiGroup’s CEO. “I came from a family of entrepreneurs who loved what they did. Business came naturally to me.”
LE STUDIO LUMINAIRE
BRIGHT LIGHT A man rooted in his community and industry, driven by aesthetics, design and flair, this certified master electrician leads with pride an expert team of lighting enthusiasts that help bring projects to light and shine with creativity! Business and pleasure… it's all about perspective! Active, generous, hardworking, passionate, sympathetic and motivated, Jean-Claude takes pleasure in business. Travel, conventions, training and teamwork, he runs on and manages a team of lighting enthusiasts with creativity and brilliance!
A BRIGHT PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE! LumiGroup’s showroom offers over 11,000 sq.ft. of inspiration. LumiGroup has thousands of projects to its credit, from office buildings, to commercial and industrial projects. The company works hand in hand with the industry’s leading design and architecture firms and has, in many ways, shaped the landscape of our surroundings.
“I find LumiGroup and Calabro to be among the most engaged and dynamic professionals in our industry. Always a pleasure to attend a LumiGroup event!”
- Michèle Bélair Pagnetti
AWESOME LIST TO HAVE RUN MARATHONS AND TAKEN PART IN THE 48 HOURS OF CYCLING FOR THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION. BECOMING AN IRON MAN!
WITH RENATO DELLE SIDE, FOSCARINI ET MICHÈLE BÉLAIR PAGNETTI, DESIGNER
CASK COLLECTION DESIGN BY NORM ARCHITECTS
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Juli Pisano Maison Pepin
Be the Change You Want to See in the World
LYSANNE PEPIN + FRIENDS
Lysanne wears many hats. Artist. Businesswoman. Designer. Instigator of the change she wants to see in the world, starting with, her own neighbourhood of Montreal’s Old District. An inside look at her concept store unique collaborations and her most recent endeavour… Les Voisines, set in the beautiful Eastern Townships.
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INITIAL HARDSHIPS “We only have one life to live,” says Lysanne, reminiscing on her start-up years. “I was 24 and living in Montreal. I used the Old Montreal space windows to display my art pieces and eventually rented out the space to make it one of the city’s first concept stores.” “The beginnings were rough… especially during winters. There wasn’t a single soul in the streets. I used to print with my brother (Patrick Pepin, Numérart) greeting cards of my paintings in limited editions that I sold to Montrealers. When summers came, the streets would fill up again and tourists would buy my original paintings.” BEFORE THE BEGINNING Before these hash winters ever started at the corner of Saint Paul and Saint Pierre streets, tight ties already existed between Lysanne and the world of design… Lysanne and the Old Montreal.
OLD MONTREAL AT NIGHT
Lysanne’s mother was Ginette Gadoury’s right hand, collaborating in different aspects of Decormag magazine. The Gadourys and the Pepins would spend summer vacations in the Laurentians. As teens, Brigitte and Lysanne branched out from the family outings and went sailing on their own on Lac Simon. Nobody could disagree, Lysanne dove into the design world early in life!
“My mother Michèle Tessier-Pepin worked hand in hand with Ginette Gadoury, founder and editor of Décormag magazine.” MAISON PEPIN / ESPACE PEPIN, MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC, CANADA
MAISON PEPIN Lysanne’s artist studio soon became Espace Pepin, and later, down the block, Maison Pepin opened. The space is a happy mix of design offers that embody Lysanne’s unique universe. Products range from Luminaires Authentik lamps to Ramacieri Soligo tile trends and wood samples to find the perfect fit, giant seagrass domes, high-quality bedding imported from Turkey and Portugal, boho carpets designed by Lysanne and produced in Morocco and, if that wasn’t enough, a vegetarian restaurant Lysanne opened and an in-house L’Amour du pain bakery concession.
ZARA,LYSANNE’S FURRY FRIEND, MAISON PEPIN
COUNTRY-LIVING “Finding time to spend time with family and friends and connect on a more profound level is hardly achievable in the city.” Enter the found lot in Austin, a small community of the beautiful Eastern Townships… “My mother studied extensively in geriatrics and the insight she’d share with me would always interest me deeply. I’d never want to see my parents in a golden tower. Les Voisines rethinks the multi-generational home as an always-evolving and role-rotating home.”
THREE GENERATIONS: LYSANNE, HER MOTHER AND HER NIECE. LES VOISINES
« City life has always been important to me. Country-living, as well. It’s in the countryside that we can take time to relax. »
LES VOISINES, AUSTIN, QUÉBEC, CANADA
LES VOISINES The country house Les Voisines was born from this desire to get together with family and friends. “The concept I wanted to imagine is much more than a two-generation house… it is an evolving house.” We enter the world of Lysanne, a space imbued with his signature where everything, from lights to rugs, is obtained at Maison Pepin. Here, nothing is fixed and everything moves… except the kitchen counter which contains the appliances. AN EVER-EVOLVING MULTI-PURPOSED OASIS During the pandemic, the concept house saw its first vacation rentals. A multifunctional chalet like no other. The concept is Lysanne’s vision and APPAREIL Architecture was brought in for construction technicalities. To top it off and commute full circle back to the city, everything seen in Les Voisines is of the Lysanne brand and may be purchased at the Pepin Shop. In this house, spaces intended for the masters will later serve their children and, vice versa, as seasons change and families evolve. “This is, ultimately, a girl concept! With a friend as my partner, we put our DNA in this caring concept of a home… we created a space that thinks of others.”
“Families are constantly changing. Children become teenagers, then parents. Parents become step-parents, grandparents. Families are rebuilding. Friends join in. The house evolves according to new needs.” CIRCULATION AREAS BETWEEN HOUSES, LES VOISINES
WORK & PLAY Coming up, a Voisines project in the Laurentians, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts from her summers of youth! As you can see, there’s no way of stopping an agent of change! Lysanne does, however, stop, once in a while to enjoy sunrises and sunsets, strolling along the Thousand Islands on a houseboat with furry companions and friends. A most recent summer tradition added to her yearly “must-do’s”. thepepinshop.com instagram.com/lesvoisines_cottages
LYSANNE’S PARTNER, ZOO RAKOTOMALALA, GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN GALA DJ
HOLIDAYS ON A HOUSEBOAT, THOUSAND ISLANDS, ONTARIO, CANADA
MENKÈS SHOONER DAGENAIS LETOURNEUX ARCHITECTES + BRIVIA GROUP
A Sky-High Partnership
A Beautifully Constructive Association
YUL BY MSDL. PHOTO : STÉPHANE BRÛGGER
Anik Shooner is an associate architect and co-founder of MSDL. An inspired woman, she believes the built environment has a direct effect on people’s lives. She has collaborated for years with the Brivia Group and, together, they have created scintillating living environments that have reshaped Montreal. With the conviction that built environment has a direct effect on the quality of life, doubled by the desire to establish a healthy and sustainable collaboration with Brivia Group, Anik Shooner of MSDL has brought to life many of the quality real estate projects funded and developed by Brivia. INTÉRIEURS investigates this most constructive and productive association.
L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE
A PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIP Brivia’s Serena Zhang talks about the collaboration. “The Brivia Group is proud to work in partnership with Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architects since our first emblematic project, YUL condominiums, which shapes the urban landscape of downtown Montreal.“ MSDL have designed several major real estate projects for the Brivia Group, in particular the 1 Square Phillips, the YUL, the QuinzeCent, the complete restoration of the Maison Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine and our future innovative project at Versant-Soleil in Mont-Tremblant.” “Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux is not only a major architectural firm in Canada, but also a world-class leader in the promotion of innovations, advanced technologies and sustainable architecture. The firm succeeds, time and time again, in developing sustainable living environments that will benefit several generations,” shares Mr. Kheng Ly, CEO of Brivia Group. “It is an extraordinary experience to work with Anik Shooner and the MSDL team on structuring and innovative projects. We are proud and happy to continue our collaboration with MDSL”, added Mr. Kheng Ly, President and CEO of Brivia Group.
KHENG LY, PRESIDENT ET DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL, GROUPE BRIVIA
ANIK SHOONER. PHOTO: MARTINE DOUCET
MAISON LOUIS-HIPPOLYTE-LA FONTAINE. PHOTO: RAPHAËL THIBODEAU
YUL BY MSDL ARCHITECTES
THE END-RESULT OF COLLABORATING Studying the key elements that define the cooperative relationship between MSDL and Brivia is most interesting. First, there is a clearly shared desire to “do things right”, to achieve quality projects, and invest the necessary energy and funds to do so. Second, each project is approached in a distinct, unique way. A custom approach that caters to specific needs. Third: shared confidence in the other’s expertise.
YUL CONDOMINIUMS PHASE 2. PHOTO: STÉPHANE BRÜGGER
Anik explains how Brivia’s recognition of the firm’s expertise was essential in this relationship. "They had no doubts about our knowledge regarding all issues of high-rise development projects, in cityscapes or countrysides. The collaboration was therefore established quickly and naturally.” Basically, Shooner makes sure to follow the projects’ development is ensured in complete transparency, and cultivates an excellent communication climate based on respect and trust.
YUL BY MSDL. PHOTO: ADRIEN WILLIAMS
YUL OF THE YEAR The YUL Condominiums Phase 2 residential tower development project, housed in the heart of Montreal’s business district, rises over 38 floors, like a glass castle revitalizing an entire area of the neighborhood. The project was given the AWARD OF THE YEAR in Construction & Real Estate Development at the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN 2021. Architects imagined a wide variety of housing units with open-plan developments. Generous windows bathe the main rooms with an abundance of natural light, in addition to offering stunning views of the surrounding area. To the refined eye, the staggered-block bold design of the building is a clever nod to Moshe Safdie’s famous Habitat 67.
BE THE INSPIRATION Key note: Brivia CEO Kheng Ly’s determination was a continuous source of inspiration throughout the collaborations and gave the necessary impetus to the realization of these projects. As for the signature posed by MSDL, Anik explains. “It is mainly due to the passion I have for my profession, the energy I deploy in all the projects I lead and my determination to satisfy our customers and employees.” “Every day, I realize the great privilege that I have to do this job, in particular because it allows me to reconcile all the fields which fascinate me: art, sociology, psychology, science, technology, human relations, business, and above all innovation.” THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING MSDL has always maintained a clear and absolute commitment to environmental issues. “It’s my responsibility as an architect,” Anik says. A pioneer, Anik reminds us: “I worked very early on, in fact in 2002, to ensure that our projects were among the first to obtain LEED certifications, in particular the first of the Gold level for a university in Canada“ (Pavillons Lassonde - Polytechnique Montreal) and the first Platinum level in Quebec for a building located downtown (Maison du développement durable).
SQUARE PHILLIP MSDL ARCHITECTES
“We then broadened our expertise by introducing WELL certification to our offer, in addition to exploring carbon neutrality, avant-garde processes and materials, and more.”
SQUARE PHILLIP BY MSDL ARCHITECTES
SQUARE PHILLIP / MSDL ARCHITECTES
ON ANIK’S TO DO LIST? The coming years will be filled with challenges pushing us to innovate at all times, and increasing our possibilities to renew, again and again, our commitment to sustainable development and ecological transition. My goal remains the same today: to continue to develop actions that are even more conducive to change and progress.
“My signature transcends from the desire to always reinvent myself, to find solutions that will make people happier, protect our planet, assist our customers in seeing their dreams come true and beautify our cities.”
What’s next on Anik’s master life plan? To ensure Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes’s longevity. Our money is on her succeeding… while building strong relationships with visionary partners like Brivia Group and beautifying our cityscape along the way!
— Anik Shooner, MSDL
Amen! msdl.ca briviagroup.ca CONTENT ON INT.DESIGN : SMOKED MEAT INT64 (2014) & INT77 (2019)
TAKTIK DESIGN + SAINTE-ANNE
Madeleine Champagne + Juli Pisano Maxime Brouillet
Rethinking Education Together
From Grade School to College
For the past fifteen years, Nicola Tardif-Bourdages of Taktik Design has worked closely on rethinking education with a visionary accomplice, Ugo Cavenaghi, CEO of Sainte-Anne College, have been rethinking education together. Sainte-Anne is an innovative academic establishment comprised of preschool, grade school, high school and college establishments set in Dorval and Lachine.
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BEFORE — CORRIDOR AND RESTING PLACE, COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE
AFTER (2018) — COLLABORATIVE ROOM, COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE
BEFORE — 2ND FLOOR CORRIDOR, COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE
“In 1995, when the magazine INTÉRIEURS was only in brainstorm mode, I helped build a SIDIM design booth. I wasn’t sure what I was doing at the time… I was in high school. I was making money to snowboard come winter!” — Nicola Tardif-Bourdages, Taktik Design
AFTER (2018) — 2ND FLOOR CORRIDOR, COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE
Intérieurs 84 2017 / REFECTORY/COFFEE, COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE
THE STORY GOES Ugo Cavenaghi heads the largest and only private educational institution in Quebec bringing together three levels of education. 3,000 students and nearly 350 employees are thus spread over the Lachine campus (secondary and college) and the Dorval campus (preschool, elementary and secondary). Recognized for his daring approach, his educational innovation and his technological integration, the director leads Sainte-Anne, a college founded in 1861, towards a decidedly new future!
The truth is that the Sainte-Anne and Taktik Design have been collaborating in research and development for nearly fifteen years to achieve flexible and adapted arrangements for a community of learners and teachers in full evolution… some may say, a revolution! TAKTIK TACTIC The way we operate at Taktik is organic. The teams are formed and reformed according to the mandate. Over the years, new collaborators have come to spice up the Taktik signature with each
new season and to put a distinct color each time, to the interventions made in the schools. "Let’s not be afraid to call a Queen of Spades what it is! Taktik is a gang of girls! It’s man power and girl power mixed into one,” says Nicola. “The designers and graphic designers that have joined our team, on and off, over the years, have brought their own flavour to our interventions”… like different student cohorts do in the academic world as well. OUT WITH THE OLD… Everything, inside and out, was redone over time. The main entrance, the gym, the sports center, the cafeteria and café, the art workshop, science lab and multimedia classroom… out with the old, in with the new! Educational innovation, the comfort of students and teachers as well as the dynamics of interaction were at the heart of the discussions and the design approach. Year after year, space by space, Taktik Design tackled the task with of reimagining the school inside and out and creating visual coherence while encouraging scholastic efficiency.
2019 / TECHNOLOGICAL ARTS ROOM, COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE
2015 / KINDERGARTEN CLASS, ACADÉMIE SAINTE-ANNE
“The schools’ metamorphosis is underway and since then the results are measurable and tangible. We believe that it is this study, in the long term, that allows real innovative changes in schools, through co-operation, of course.” - Nicola Tardif-Bourdages.
“My collaboration with Taktik Design has enabled Sainte-Anne to create extraordinary educational spaces that are now being used throughout the school network. In each space that we have created together, Nicola has been able to bring a unique vision that has been able to perfectly meet the needs of users. He succeeds every time in pushing the creative process by understanding the education needs like no other,” proudly states the private school’s CEO.
2019 / IT DEPARTMENT, COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE 2019 / COLLABORATIVE CLASS, COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE
Sainte-Anne establishments are frequented by thousands of occupants every day, of different generations and ages. “That makes a lot of people to please! Reactions to the change have been more than positive so far, often punctuated by OOH! and AAH!,” said Chief Executive Officer Ugo Cavenaghi.
TAKTIK TELLS “Taktik is a team of professionals who want to do things well by choosing to do them with local and natural materials whenever possible. Wood is present in all our projects. Material traceability has always been my hobby.“ “I actually calculate the carbon traces of each project. I’m pretty appalled that 50% of kitchen cabinets installed in Quebec are made in China. Our industry has bizarre somewhat unproductive ways of operating. I’ve been working with extraordinary suppliers in the Laurentians for a decade or more. These are fabulous problem-solvers and creators of solutions that are both eco-friendly and in tune with our aesthetic wants and needs.” 2015 / MORNING GARDEN, ACADÉMIE SAINTE-ANNE
“My signature… A signature… Our signatures are linked to a fundamental spirit of sustainability, ”explains Nicola Tardif-Bourdages. Philosophically said: “Creating spaces that forge natural links with its environment and people, even creating friendships and lasting bonds, that is what matters to us!” Formally said: “Simple geometry inspired by nature itself, clear color codes and noble, fresh materials. These were the building blocks of Taktik’s approach in designing the new and improved school.
2018 / NEW CORRIDOR'S OPENING, COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE
2019 / SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE
TAKTIK DESIGN PROJECT TEAM, ACADÉMIE SAINTE-ANNE
“Simple geometric shapes, inspired by nature. A clear color code clear and noble and natural materials… wood, wood, wood!” - Nicola
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS Ensuring a positive ecological footprint through the delivery of thoughtful and structuring projects, Nicola and her team at Taktik think about it 24/7!
2015 / KINDERGARTEN LOCKER ROOM, ACADÉMIE SAINTE-ANNE
“Customers see the result. We live the journey.” Taktik’s course is one that will know how to go far, like Nicola who maintains the dream of biking around the world with his family, zigzagging from one point to the next! While Taktik and accomplices will go on enjoying the journey through which they create sustainable and innovative projects, Ugo leads by example and looks after our next generation of thinkers and workers with vision and forward-thinking… skateboarding from one classroom to the next. TAKTIK FUN FACTS 1 sq. meter of wood stores +/- 700 kg of CO2 whereas melamine furniture and cabinets have an average lifespan of 12 years in landfills. taktikdesign.com sainteanne.ca
WHAT COMES NEXT?
LIFETIME ARCHIEVER & MENTOR Alain Moureaux has devoted his entire professional life to the advancement of the profession and to the effervescence of interior architecture in Quebec.
Madeleine Champagne Alain Moureaux
Soon-to-be-75, Alain has dedicated his life to exercising the profession of an interior designer with bright colours. He reflects back on his hyperactive life and on what comes next!
ALAIN AT WORK, 1980
“My professional life now boils down to a few upheavals in the profession mainly constituted by a sporadic involvement as an associate professor at the Faculty of Planning at the University of Montreal and the award of merit scholarships awarded to students.“ And all the while, he slips on a pair of sneaker shoes every morning and enjoys his daily run… the story of a life!
He co-founded the professional interior design agency Moureaux Hauspy with his friend and accomplice Georges Hauspy before becoming a partner of Provencher Roy + Moureaux Hauspy. Awarded numerous times for the excellence of their interiors, he is one of those men who are said to be both committed and engaging.
His candid answers and reflexions on life.
LIFETIME MARATHON “1996 was a very important year. I was crisscrossing Canada from east to west as part of the BDC office set-ups and training for the 100th edition of the Boston Marathon.“ You guessed it… Alain is already training for the next one, with a view to racing in Boston again on his 75th birthday in 2023. I was unaware back in 1996 that time would fly by so fast and that, in a heartbeat, we’d be celebrating 25 years of editorial content. Kudos! Well done! No coincidence at all I ran my 53rd marathon on October 11, 2021, at the
125th anniversary of the Boston Marathon! A DREAM TO DREAM “My wife Martine and I own a small village house I remodeled, in Andalusia, on Spain’s mystic Guadalquivir River, halfway between Seville and Cordoba.“
ALAIN MOUREAUX, IN MID AIR(6TH FROM LEFT) AND GEORGES HAUSPY, BACK AGAINST THE WALL, MONTRÉAL, 1969
Who hasn’t dreamed of Andalusia? Alain Moureaux lives there! Twice a year, the Moureaux make it their destination and settle in for a while. Twice a year, the Moureaux make it their destination and settle in for a while.
ALAIN’S 1965 AUSTIN HEALEY SON AUSTIN HEALEY 1965
“Amidst the pandemic, we haven’t made it to our Andalusian village in more than 18 months and we dream about it daily! The village was once part of the Arabic Kingdom, over 700 years ago. It’s fascinating!”
ALAIN AND WIFE MARTINE, MONTRÉAL, 1969
“The future certainly has other challenges lined up for me!”
HIS ANDALUSIAN HOUSE
PAY IT FORWARD After a prolific career, Moureaux became a mentor, a role that was most rewarding and uplifting. “We acquired the house in Andalusia in 2000 and, little by little, constrained by the remoteness and with the help of a neighbour entrepreneur and some curious villagers, we came to something fantastic of which I am most proud.” While building our Andalusian retreat, a young villager even took interest in my work and, eventually, I mentored him for his Seville University Architecture admission papers.” Interested in the profession, he was admitted to the architecture program and I was eventually invited to the candidate’s final graduation presentation.” “The student’s project consisted of transforming an old riverside flour mill set in our village (Penaflor) into a water park like no other!” “When he graduated, he opened an architecture firm with a student colleague and a Costa del Sol water park project on the drawing board ! His Seville firm, T10, was named Office of the Year in 2017 by members of the order. What a pride!” “It was a great moment in my life. “The future certainly has other challenges lined up for me!”
We have no doubt that any challenge that presents itself along the path, Alain will tackle with his trademark energy, love and devotion!
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WHAT COMES NEXT?
Madeleine Champagne Ædifica by photo
As the founder of Ædifica, Michel Dubuc has always been present in projects and with work teams. “It was a huge privilege for me.” Sometime before the pandemic, Michel decided to step down as CEO of the company and move towards a role of strategy and support.
Admirably supported by the Ædifica’s new President and CEO, Jean-Pierre Généreux, Michel has propelled his business role into one of strategic support to the new management team, whose commitment and talent are the building blocks to defining the Ædifica of tomorrow. “I love it!” Here, Michel Dubuc shares his insight on what comes next…
FOCUSED ON HUMAN BEINGS AND VALUES I’ve always remained ambivalent on the concept of signatures insofar as my design ethics are based, above all, on the articulation of a responsible response to a need. The signature, like the notoriety that goes with it, should, in my opinion, be the consequence of an exceptional service and not a goal in itself. A great achievement for me has been our firm’s presence in the US commercial design and engineering market for over 25 years, and still today. We have exported Quebec creativity abroad and, in turn, have allowed many local suppliers and entrepreneurs to enter this lucrative market.
ARRIVAL IN HAITI AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE, SPRING 2010
Perhaps the heritage I’m most proud of is having succeeded in bringing together a strong team, one could almost say a family, with diverse talents and expertise. A team that takes pleasure in tackling challenges together and succeeding. ÆDIFICA CHALLENGE AT MICHEL'S FARM, QUÉBEC, CANADA
AN ARCHITECT-SOCIOLOGIST… WHAT A MIX ! My background in sociology led me to understand very early on that people must be at the center of everything we do. In this sense, our approach to the environment has been expressed through our projects, of course, but also through a firm commitment with the environmental certification of our offices. Our group has had a sustainable development policy for 15 years. It has evolved since to constantly respond to the glaring issues of climate change.
“Envision the future has always been my mantra.” 2020 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REPORT — ÆDIFICA
The office’s sustainable development policy targets, among other things, active mobility, supply, waste management and space maintenance in order to reduce our environmental footprint, while promoting our staff’s health and wellbeing. Complementary initiatives such as ensuring the presence of a full-time chef maintain our talents’ health and promote work-family balance.
THE NEXT CHAPTER Supported by a succession of professionals more committed than ever to the environment, the next chapter of Ædifica’s growth is the implementing a strategic plan that will propel the firm as an engine of environmental change through design, urban planning and engineering. This will be the culmination of many years of effort and will continue to make me want to wake up every morning to give a helping hand. CHEF AT WORK, MIKE DIAMOND, IN THE KITCHEN OF THE ÆDIFICA OFFICES
INAUGURATION OF THE GONAÏVES HOSPITAL, HAÏTI
THE SOLEMN ARRIVAL OF THE GLOBAL COMPACT Today, this view finds its culmination in Ædifica’s adherence to the United Nations Global Compact for almost four years now and in the annual publication of a comprehensive report that measures our contribution to the environment, but also to the improvement of several indicators of human progress such as health and inclusion. Today, Ædifica is carbon neutral, and this is the direction in which we want to work with our clients. This journey has solidified the foundations of the next chapter of Ædifica.
ULYSSE’S JOURNEYS Despite a titanic number of trips to several major cities in the world, my richest memories come to me from the Hanoi in Vietnam, where the streets stampede with artisans and from Cow Island, an hour off-shore in Haïti, where the absence of vehicles and electricity plunges us into a world of rare authenticity and extreme beauty. Vietnam’s Hanoi & Haïti’s Cow Island… Worlds that are not defined by trends but by human activity in its most resourceful and resilient form. And with a fraction of the environmental footprint we generate in our so-called evolved society…
A UNIQUE HAITIAN EXPERIENCE A unique moment experienced in Haïti is certain to have intervened after the earthquake to contribute to a reconstruction that was promised to be difficult. The design and construction of two major hospitals, supported by Haitian partners, was an approach of listening, empathy and engagement with the Haitian population. “The major projects we were involved in, in Haïti, have been an incredible opportunity for us to develop our resilience and face new challenges. They’ve made us better professionals.”
JACMEL HOSPITAL, ON SITE WITH HAITIAN PARTNERS
GONAIVES HOSPITAL, HAÏTI
HIS GO-TO SOUNDTRACK OF LIFE Music follows me everywhere. Daniel Bélanger’s “Intouchable et immortel” frees me and transports me whenever I hear him. If I were to choose my go-to soundtrack for emotion over everything, I’d choose the Lord of the Rings ’soundtrack, music by John Williams. I dive back into the memory of being bundled up in the countryside with our young children watching the trilogy for hours on end. ædifica.com FAMILY HOLIDAYS
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Marie-Josée Lacroix and Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec have stepped and moved into a new phase of personal and professional life path. They’ve respectively retired from their roles as Design Commissioner and University Director after more than 30 years of commitment. Marie-Josée is retiring after 30 years of uninterrupted commitment to the City of Montreal. Philippe concludes 35 years of university teaching while maintaining his research activities as professor emeritus. They embark on a new chapter, along the shores of the St. Lawrence River.
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MARIE-JOSÉE LACROIX & PHILIPPE POULLAOUEC-GONIDEC
“In the words of Emily Dickinson: To live is so startling, it leaves little time for anything else.” — Marie-Josée
ENTRONIZATION GALA OF PHILIPPE POULLAOUEC-GONIDEC, MEMBER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA IN WINNIPEG, NOVEMBER 25, 2017 - © SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE DU CANADA, 2017
A FANTASTIC BEQUEST After turning the page on their professional career, they bequeath proudly and fully confident, two structures that they have created, now well established within their respective institution, the Design Office and the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape. Throughout their careers, they have had the audacity, naively clashing with municipal and university public structures, to launch projects together.
A SPECIAL SINGULARITY Our careers, as a couple, have been nurtured and supported, driven by the same desire to contribute to collective well-being. Both employed by the public service, our actions aimed to improve the quality of the design of living environments: to train, to equip, to raise awareness, to promote and to defend the full contribution of designers, all disciplines combined, to the future of our cities in full swing. And this, both locally and internationally, through our institutional affiliation and our active involvement in UNESCO networks. A DREAM TO DREAM This keen desire to initiate and carry out a common project of collective scope still unites them. This desire "to remake the world together" has always been a driving force since they first met in 1986, at the time of the Infodesign Center directed by Ginette Gadoury, witness to their love at first sight. “We have had particularly stimulating and creative collaborations in terms of international co-operation where we have been able to express our ideas and values in concrete projects with strong social, cultural and economic resonance, in particular as co-founders of the Festival international des jardins de Métis in Quebec’s Gaspesie region.”
INAUGURATION OF THE PEDESTRIAN CROSS WAY OF “MONTREAL, UNESCO CITY OF DESIGN” (FOOTPRINT DESIGN: STUDIO FEED) IN PUEBLA, MEXICO, 2017
MARIE-JOSÉE, RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN TRIBUTE AWARD
PHILIPPE AND ANIK SHOONER ARCHITECT AT THE 2017 GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN AWARDS GALA
FUTURE ENDEAVOURS After defending more than three decades and using various strategies, the world of design and architecture in Montreal, Quebec, Marie’s future is potentially plural. The Rimouski Regional Museum can already count on her expertise within its Board of Directors. “Today, we intend to take advantage of our new freedom and the call for creativity brought about by the health and environmental crisis to contribute in a different way, to the reinvention of our way of life and environments.”
TOUR DU ROCHER BLANC (WINTER) - © PHILIPPE.POULLAOUEC-GONIDEC, 2021
AND NOW ? “We’ve moved to the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. We live facing the sea and in the great outdoors while maintaining our touch-base condo in Montreal, which we adore.” “We are getting acquainted with this new living space that we have occasionally occupied for 13 years. The health crisis was salutary in that it allowed us to work remotely and thus experience this place on a daily basis, which is the basis of a transition towards new goals. The horizon is still undefined between social commitments, passions and dreams of each of us. It is still too early to indicate a direction and set course."
TOUR DU ROCHER BLANC - SUNSET © PHILIPPE.POULLAOUEC-GONIDEC, 2021
“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.” – Arundhati Roy, Indian writer and activist
WHAT ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT? Today, the ecological transition and the climate emergency require a redefinition of practices and models of urban development and planning, the use of new tools and processes and a different way of conceiving and living in the city. To support their transformation, Marie believes cities need more than ever the creativity and innovative strength of the disciplines of design and architecture. They are our main allies in making the necessary transition a success.
In December 2019, under her leadership and with her team, and following extensive consultation and public surveys, the City of Montreal adopted a 2030 Agenda for quality and exemplarity in design and architecture. This very first municipal policy for the city of Montreal clearly establishes and demonstrates the close correlation between notions of quality and the capacity of objects, buildings and urban spaces to respond to the imperatives of the climate emergency and the challenges of social inclusion and environmental transition and to ensure the well-being of all citizens, current and future generations.
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS Philippe’s future, as a graduate of Fine Arts in France, is more circumscribed as he has gone back, for several years now, to his very first passion, pictorial creation.
3 HIGHLIGHTS OF 1996 IN 1996: WE BOUGHT OUR APARTMENT IN OUTREMONT WHERE WE STILL LIVE TO THIS DAY! IN 1996, MARIE WAS LAUNCHING THE SECOND EDITION OF COMMERCE DESIGN MONTRÉAL. THE CONCEPT HAS CHARMED AND CONQUERED A DOZEN WORLD CITIES SINCE. AND IN 1996: AFTER HAVING BEEN DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL, PHILIPPE COFOUNDED THE CHAIR IN LANDSCAPE AND ENVIRONMENT AT THE SAME INSTITUTION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HYDRO-QUÉBEC AND THE QUEBEC MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT. AND HE LET IT FOR 23 YEARS.
LA FEMME DU CARGO (2021 — ACRYLIC ON CANVAS: 40 X 40 POUCES — 100 X 100 CM) © PHILIPPE.POULLAOUEC-GONIDEC, 2021
PHILIPPE’S CONTRIBUTIONS Throughout his professional life, Philippe has pushed for the quality of the living environment and the territories and he campaigned for the social and cultural recognition of the landscape in Quebec, especially in cities. In view of his academic expertise, in 2003 UNESCO granted him the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape to deploy urban design projects on an international scale in several cities that integrated multidisciplinary and intercultural education and dialogue between public authorities and Civil society. Philippe’s international commitment of over 18 years working hand in hand with UNESCO to provide tangible responses to environmental, social, cultural and economic plans, was an opportunity to experiment and apply the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. NOW PHILIPPE PAINTS Once an artist… always an artist! Philippe, a Fine Art Graduate in France, returns to his true passion, one that allows him to put his mantra in action by contributing to the daily wonder of the world that surrounds us and reflecting upon the future of territories and landscapes. “Made of sensitive and joyful expressions and impressions of bodies as landscapes, my pictorial creation is a representation of snapshots of life and of hedonistic and poetic gazes towards places. Voluntarily narrative and suggestive, the art is, nonetheless, open to interpretation.”
VUE SUR PLAGE (2020 — ACRYLIC ON CANVAS: 40 X 40 POUCES — 100 X 100 CM) ©PHILIPPE.POULLAOUEC-GONIDEC, 2020
“I wish to produce happiness and wonder; to ignite flames and bring stars to the eyes of others with imagination." — Philippe
TOUR DU ROCHER BLANC — ARTIST WORKSHOP © PHILIPPE.POULLAOUEC-GONIDEC, 2021
Happiness and bliss are all we wish to Marie and Philippe as they settle into retirement and a beautiful, bright and sunny season and scenery… Marie, Philippe, thank you!
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WHAT COMES NEXT ?
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PALINGENESIS Palingenesis means renaissance… a new creation! It’s also the title of a new art book, hot off the press, that hails the arte rebirth of Albert Leclerc, an emblematic international figure of the architecture and design.
THE RENDEZVOUS Before me, stands a serene man who loves winter, a faithful listener of Radio Rouge Tivoli broadcasts, fresh fruits and vegetables and white beans, Italian style. I see a creator with a bright mind full of ideas. I see a passionate artist that now fosters the dream of making giant ceramic pieces, curvy, round and glorious!
SECOND WIND Albert Leclerc, lover of Italy and all that is beautiful, wished to devote himself to creating a book of fine art photography showcasing the magnificent ceramic objects designed and produced over the course of his career, in collaboration with outstanding Italian artisans. It should be noted that the work of Albert Leclerc is based on collaboration, with ingenuity, of a wide variety of ceramic works. Here, spheres are golden! Always fascinated by ceramics, LE PALLE crystallizes the culmination of a formal research that began more than forty years ago…
THE SPHERE Since the dawn of Mesopotamia, Greek scholars and philosophers in the likes of Thales, Anaximander, Pythagoras, Plato, or Aristotle, conceived as early as the 6th century B.C. a spherical earth at the center of a spherical cosmos. Albert follows in the footsteps of these thinkers and considers the sphere important and omnipresent in his work and in his book.
THE PALLE PROJECT Here is the third book published on the LE PALLE project. The first was in Italian, the second in French, and this is the third in English. The first two books presented the collection very well. This last book, in English, is thought of as a four-handed book, in which the photographer’s vision is as important as the ceramics themselves. The photos no longer serve a descriptive function, but rather an evocative purpose.
LE PALLE, A.K.A “BALLS” “Le Palle”, A.K.A “Balls” is a research work that Albert started in the 1970s and left sitting, with only one prototype ever produced. Laura Bucciantini and Paola Bartoli found in the archives of Laura’s father’s company Planula, the multiple original drawings and wanted to bring the project to light, once again. Since reprising his work a decade or so ago, Albert has created all the pieces of his original archives. “I always see him busy designing new pieces and following the production at his ceramist in Tuscany. He is surrounded by an explosion of shapes, colors and joy," says Ginette Caron, graphic designer born in Quebec, now of dual nationality, Canadian and Italian, and laureate of GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards. The publication Palingenesis is the testimony of a creative journey shared collectively by Albert and his friends. CONTENT ON INT. DESIGN: SMOKED MEAT INT59, 2012
THIS BOOK IS ALSO THE PASSIONATE WORK OF…
CARLO MICHELI the Poet in Prose Like so many petals on the pages, Carlo’s impressions fascinate us. Here is one… “At the very moment of creation a fertile drop drips down and impregnates the barren soil of nothingness.”
GINETTE CARON the Idea Whisperer COLLABORATIONS SET IN INK In times of pandemic, producing this art book lasted several years The team changed its format time and time again, brainstormed on the vocation and more. Production meetings had become a way to keep in touch and spend quality time together.
ANTONIO DE LUCA the Eye of the Tiger If the book direction is accredited to Leclerc, who has been nicknamed Proust by his teammates, for his careful exploration of the subject, the book’s illustration says it all. The photos, sublime, are the work of Antonio De Luca whose personal practice focuses on the design of books for cultural institutions and artists.
Ginette Caron has been an accomplice of Albert for a long time. She says: “My experience with Albert dates back to my arrival in Milan in the 1980s. Throughout my life, he has been mostly my big brother and sometimes my little brother… always my mentor.” “Between you and me, I suggested to Albert that it would be quite interesting to publish a book by two authors… the designer and the photographer.” The idea must have pleased him! Caron contributed by choosing the book format, paper type, impression mode, typos, photos and more!
He understood very well the principle of renewal, finding in each photo the essence of Leclerc’s objects, which offers us a system of intelligent and very beautiful objects.
The fluorescent colors, overlays, repetitions, everything reminded me of Albert during his pop years! “
MARIA LAURA BUCCIANTINI the Godmother Senior architect of the studio architect Maria Laura Bucciantini in Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy, she has been nicknamed the godmother of the collection. She looked all production aspects with patience and talent, every step of the way.
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“Spheres are intriguing. Maternal. Enveloping. They are deeply seductive, perhaps because the world too is shaped like a ball.” — Albert Leclerc
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