Gowlings LLP

CompanyMartensGroup, licensed interior design studio ltd.
ClientDoug Niwa
DesignerMartensGroup, licensed interior design studio ltd. Doug Niwa, Ian Franceschi
Prize3rd Place in Interior Design / Office
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Entry Description

Gowlings’ relocation enabled the firm to develop a new workplace reflecting the modernizations occurring within the legal profession. Practice Floors are based upon a universal office size utilizing modular walls and furniture systems, including shared lounges for lawyers and support staff. Meeting rooms are consolidated onto a Client Floor incorporating moveable wall systems and sliding glass panels to transform the space and accommodate a variety of group sizes and functions. The elevator lobby opens directly onto the Client Floor reception area, providing an immediate sense of openness and impressive views through a custom millwork screen – a sculptural feature offering dramatic visual effect and the impression of fluidity. Reflective white panels on the ceiling within the reception seating area reflect the window wall and provide a sense of significantly higher ceilings. The clean, modern aesthetic developed provides the firm with an updated progressive image while keeping efficiency and flexibility in mind.

About Designer

Working together for the past eight years, Doug Niwa & Ian Franceschi have developed a proven track record for award winning Interior Design. Their commitment to a collaborative approach extends beyond their office dynamic to include their client group and consulting partners. Doug Niwa has become known for his confident, inclusive approach with clients and colleagues, offering a powerful combination of sophisticated design sensibilities and a passionate commitment to excellence. These qualities are enhanced by an ability to clearly translate a desired vision into reality. Doug maintains a harmonious cohesive rationale for each design solution produced. Doug is a MartensGroup Design Associate and has been a member of the leadership team since 1995. Ian Franceschi joined Martensgroup in 2008 and has specialized in the design & development of corporate interiors from high level planning to the finest of details. Utilizing his talents to fully conceptualize interior spaces and present with a unique style that clearly expresses his ideas to clients, Ian has become recognized for both creativity and practicality. As a part-time instructor at Mount Royal University, Ian has been able to both share his talents and maintain a broad outlook on the future of design. Celebrating 25 years of business in 2015, MartensGroup is a full service interior design consulting firm offering responsive and innovative services to a wide variety of clients including corporate, commercial, institutional, retail, hospitality and residential interiors. Three words embody MartensGroup's approach to every project; INVOLVE. SOLVE. EVOLVE. - Respect for each client’s needs, vision and resources and a commitment to INVOLVE you in the creation of your new interior environment - Strategic thinking designed to SOLVE a wide variety of issues - Passion for discovering new ways to EVOLVE interior solutions that integrate advances in organizational development, sustainability, wellness and new technologies