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Project: "Gowlings LLP"
Company:MartensGroup, licensed interior design studio ltd.
Designer(s): MartensGroup, licensed interior design studio ltd. Doug Niwa, Ian Franceschi, Canada
Category: Interior Design, Professional
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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 the Designer/Company
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