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Simons Galeries d’Anjou, Montreal Figure3, Toronto

The 115,00-square-foot Simons specialty store at Galeries D’Anjou in east-end Montreal is the ninth location for the 170-year-old Quebecbased retailer. Like the others, it offers a mix of global, status-symbol fashion labels such as Balmain, Missoni and Paul Smith, and house brands, as well as a range of home furnishings. Unlike the other Simons branches, the new location boasts a restaurant-café. From the exterior, the architecture by LemayMichau draws attention, at twilight, with its thousands of twinkling LEDs embedded in the facade. Figure3’s interiors are just as distinctive, with detailing including metal sculptures, plaster wall coverings with geometric motifs in high and low relief, and gritty urban graffiti. Each area has a different key motif that sets the tone for its identity. To wit, kelly-green wood screens in the women’s department; pod-like fitting rooms in corals and purples in Twik (young women’s); tongue-incheek faux deer-head hunting trophies in men’s; and a serpentine alley of Port-A-Potty fitting rooms in Djab (young men’s).


International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Baie-Saint-Paul, Que. Architecturama, Montreal

40 CANADIAN INTERIORS september/october 2014

Every August, artists from Canada and abroad congregate in the hockey arena at Baie-Saint-Paul for the grandiloquently titled “International Symposium of Contemporary Art.” Montreal architects Sylvain Bilodeau and Nicolas Mathieu-Tremblay were regular visitors to the event when, in 2010, they decided that there was room for improvement in the design of the artists’ booth. In short order, they presented their product-design and space-planning pensées to symposium sponsor Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, which secured funding to carry out the designers’ vision in time the symposium’s 30th-anniversary in 2012. The booth design uses a lightweight modular prefabricated panel system manufactured at the Wax Constance Workshop, a local non-profit training school. The triangular side panels can flip up or down according to the artist’s preference for light and privacy. Inexpensive materials – timber studs, Masonite, nuts, bolts and metal plates – fasten in a rudimentary way, making it possible for unskilled museum volunteers to assemble the booths with basic tools. The panels can be easily painted (black on the outside, white on the inside) and repaired. Photos: top by Marc Cramer; bottom by James Brittain


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